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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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‘I Liked The Rhythm Of It’: Tacitus Puts In Another Solid Breeze Toward Belmont

Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier. Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:00.16 with Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz, galloping out strong in front of his graded stakes winning stablemate in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 […]

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‘All Went Smoothly’ In First Post-Derby Breeze For Tacitus

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was trackside at Belmont Park early Saturday morning to oversee Juddmonte Farms homebred Tacitus making his first breeze back since a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mott is pointing the impeccably bred son of Tapit and multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches towards […]

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Tacitus: Juddmonte ‘Doubling Down’ On Dirt Sires In Quest Of Elusive Derby Win

If Tacitus’ blood was any bluer, it would be cerulean. By America’s top dirt sire, 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, out of five-time Grade 1-winning New York heroine and Eclipse champion Close Hatches, the flashy gray colt is owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud’s global powerhouse Juddmonte Farms, and trained by Hall of […]

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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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Tacitus ‘Matured A Ton’; Wood Top Three Headed To Kentucky Derby

The Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets winner Tacitus was no worse for wear the morning after his triumphant run in the final Kentucky Derby qualifier at Aqueduct Racetrack. On the first Saturday in May, Tacitus will seek to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owner Juddmonte Farms their first […]

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Tacitus Proves His Mettle In Wood Memorial

Juddmonte homebred Tacitus put in a big effort in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, out-finishing Withers winner Tax down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Favored at 5-2 in the field of 11 sophomores off his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Tapit colt completed nine furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:51.23. […]

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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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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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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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