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Tagg Says Jersey Town Finally Healthy

Nagging foot issues have limited Jersey Town’s schedule in recent years, but trainer Barclay Tagg said the 6-year-old is entering Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap in the best shape since he won the 2010 Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap.


“He has the right amount of breezes under his belt, and he’s coming off a race [a third in the Grade 1 Forego on September 1 at Saratoga Race Course] he well ran in,” said Tagg. “He has so many minor problems that it’s hard to bring him into a race step-by-step. Right now we’ve been able to do that, so hopefully he’ll run well. He looks good because he fills out like a monster.”


Jersey Town returned from a four-month layoff to finish fifth in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on August 5, then made a bold inside rally in the Forego to lead turning for home before tiring to third, 4 ½ lengths behind winner Emcee and a neck behind runner-up Hamazing Destiny.


“He had an opening at the five-sixteenths pole [in the Forego], and he shot through it like the wire was 10 feet on,” said Tagg. “That’s a bad group to do that with. It turns out it stayed wide open anyway; nobody came back on the rail. He could have done it at the three-sixteenths pole and it would have been a lot better. He has about a good three-sixteenths of a mile where he’ll really explode. If you ask him for more than that, he’s probably going to come up short.”


Tagg was going to run Jersey Town in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational on Saturday as he believes the Charles Fipke homebred is best at the Vosburgh’s six-furlong distance, but called an audible on Wednesday and instead entered the chestnut in the Kelso.


“It looked like the Kelso was the better place than the Vosburgh,” said Tagg. “There are monsters in both races. There were monsters when he won the Cigar Mile, too. I don’t like either race in particular for him. If To Honor and Serve is on his game, he can be unbeatable, but he can be a little inconsistent. I think the mile has the chance to set up speed-wise for an explosive finish. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.”




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that one would have to reach DEEP inside himself to pull it off. Saw him in the flesh before he broke his knee, at 3, and was impressed. Trickmeister could do it if unpressured but ONLY if he runs to the 4th line back also at Belmontd
I wouldn't mind if Trickmeister pulled the upset today. I like THAS, too.

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