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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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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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Champion Close Hatches’ First Foal Breaks His Maiden At Aqueduct

The first foal out of champion racemare Close Hatches won his first race at Aqueduct on Saturday. Racing for owner/breeder Juddmonte Farm, the Tacitus came from off the pace to win by a neck under jockey Jose Ortiz. The 2-year-old son of Tapit covered a mile over the “good” main track in 1:38.69. Trained by […]

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Lockdown Looks To Emulate Big Sis Close Hatches With A Victory In Mother Goose

Lights of Medina will look to build off her impressive graded stakes debut as part of a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Mother Goose on the Belmont Park main track. One of three entrants for trainer Todd Pletcher, Lights of Medina rallied from eighth to finish second in the Grade […]

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Bill Mott-Trained Filly Lockdown Headlines Kentucky Oaks Workers Tuesday Morning

The work tab was rather light Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, but there was at least one major contender for the Kentucky Oaks that did breeze. The two fillies trained by Bill Mott – Juddmonte Farms’ Lockdown and Claiborne Farms’ & Adele Dilschneider’s stakes-placed Elate worked five furlongs in company shortly after 8:30 a.m. According to Churchill […]

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First Defence, United States Sold To Saudi Arabia’s Haif Stud

Stallions First Defence and United States have been sold to Haif Stud in Saudi Arabia, reports bloodhorse.com. First Defence, a 12-year-old Grade 1-winning son of Unbridled’s Song, is the sire of 2014 champion older mare Close Hatches. A sire of seven other black-type winners, First Defence stood at his breeder Juddmonte Farms in central Kentucky […]

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