Tampa Bay Derby

Tacitus ‘Very Level And Very Even’ In Final Belmont Stakes Workout

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, with Jose Ortiz up for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.42 over Big Sandy on Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. Working in company with Juddmonte maiden Tide of the Sea [1:01.50], Tacitus finished up strong […]

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‘He’ll Run All Day’: Late-Running Sir Winston Possible For Belmont Stakes

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston will target the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont after a late-closing second in the Grade 3 Peter Pan behind Global Campaign, according to trainer Mark Casse. The homebred son of Awesome Again was well off the pace in the Peter Pan and displayed an effective turn of foot in the final […]

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Win Win Win Carrying ‘Momentum’ Into Churchill, Will Ship Wednesday

Riding the wave of momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park’s ongoing spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky on Wednesday to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Trombetta’s plans also include giving Win Win Win, ranked 16th with 50 Derby qualifying points, one […]

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Juddmonte Family ‘Legacy’ Carries On With Homebred Tacitus

When speaking of prominent Juddmonte Farms homebreds, the first word that comes to mind for Juddmonte’s General Manager Garret O’Rourke is ‘legacy.’ On Saturday, Tacitus carries five generations of said legacy into the Grade 2 $750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets. The Wood Memorial, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-four […]

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Record-Setting Win Win Win Seeking Crucial Derby Points In Blue Grass

Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win is preparing to hit the road again, this time heading west to Kentucky from his home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland. “We are leaving tomorrow and should be there Wednesday morning,” trainer Mike Trombetta said Monday morning. The purpose of the trip is Saturday’s $1 […]

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Tacitus’ ‘Demeanor,’ ‘Pedigree’ Should Be Advantageous In Wood Memorial

Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus will make another start before the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Bill Mott plans to start the colt in next Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, according to drf.com. On Sunday, the 3-year-old son of Tapit and Close Hatches breezed a half-mile in company in 49.91 seconds at Payson Park. One of the […]

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Trombetta Still Weighing Options For ‘Valiant’ Win Win Win

Live Oak Plantation homebred Win Win Win, who finished third in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in his most recent start, will target either the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets or the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland for his next start. Conditioner Michael Trombetta said that a decision will be […]

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Bloodlines: Tacitus Honors Ancestors With Road To The Kentucky Derby Win

One of the quotations of the great Roman historian Tacitus is most appropriate to racing: “As you go into battle, remember your ancestors and think upon your descendants.” That sentiment is appropriate to the racehorse Tacitus, a son of three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and of champion racemare Close Hatches, by First Defence. If […]

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Tacitus ‘Stepped Up To The Plate’ At Tampa; Trio Of Final Prep Options On The Table

With his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, 3-year-old colt Tacitus vaulted into a tie for third place in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” standings with 50 points, assuring his eligibility for the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Jose Ortiz, […]

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Royally-Bred Tacitus Up The Rail For Stakes-Record Time In Tampa Bay Derby

Juddmonte Farm homebred Tacitus, the Tapit first son of champion Close Hatches, provided an 8-1 upset in Saturday’s G2 Tampa Bay Derby to give trainer Bill Mott another prospective candidate for the first Saturday in May. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the sophomore colt parlayed a rail-skimming ride to win by about a length in stakes-record […]

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