Juvenile Toledo Shows Promise In Maiden Special Weight At Aqueduct

Juddmonte Farms’ well-bred Toledo showed promise in the Saturday finale at Aqueduct when sliding up the rail to break his maiden second time out for trainer Chad Brown. The Kentucky homebred by Into Mischief is out of the Bernardini broodmare Endless Chat, who also produced dual turf stakes winner Seismic Wave. “He did it easily. […]

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Mott On Classic: Tacitus Done For The Year, Elate To Be Cross-Entered

Bill Mott has ruled 3-year-old Tacitus out of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to drf.com, but the Hall of Fame trainer may still have two entrants for the $6 million contest. “We’re going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion Close Hatches. Other […]

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Mott: Belmont’s Sweeping Turns Should Suit Tacitus In G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup

The regally-bred Tacitus, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, arrived at Belmont Park from his Saratoga Race Course base on Tuesday to finalize preparations for his start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Saturday’s lucrative Jockey Club Gold Cup Day card features four graded stakes, including two Breeders’ […]

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Equibase Analysis: Three-Year-Old Or Elder In Jockey Club Gold Cup?

The Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup drew a field of five and that means strategy will be the key to success even more so than in most races. Four of the five have credentials at the top level, including recent Grade 1 Woodward Stakes winner Preservationist. His most fearsome foe is likely to […]

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‘I Liked What I Saw With The Blinkers’: Tacitus Aims For Jockey Club Gold Cup

On Sunday morning at his Saratoga barn adjacent to the Oklahoma training track, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott reflected on a tough Saturday at the races that saw Tacitus run second in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers and Elate complete the exacta in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti. “We didn’t […]

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Velazquez Takes Code Of Honor Outside To Win The Travers

It had been 21 years since his third and most recent victory in the Grade 1 Travers, but trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey proved this Saturday that he still knows how to put a horse in that revered winner’s circle at Saratoga. He saddled W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor to cross the wire in third […]

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‘Hard-Luck’ Tacitus Ready To Try Again In Travers

An old saying goes, ‘It’s better to be lucky than good’. It’s clear by his five starts this year that Juddmonte Farms’ Tacitus is definitely good, but in his most recent two outings, he has been anything but lucky. A wide trip in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets and a stumbled […]

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Tacitus Draws Post Six, Tabbed As 5-2 Favorite For Runhappy Travers

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s former claimer Tax and Juddmonte Farms regally bred Tacitus, the one-two finishers of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets, renew their rivalry on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in the 150th running of Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers. […]

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‘Very Focused’ In Blinkers, Tacitus Fires Bullet Toward Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is not afraid to try something new before a big race. So when the discussions came up to race Tacitus with blinkers for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, he was not hesitant to make the equipment change. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred dual Grade 2 winner sported blinkers when […]

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