Taif forged to the lead past mid-stretch and then held off Zagreus for
a neck victory in the $15,100 feature race Friday night at Emerald
With Francisco Duran riding, Taif ran six furlongs on a
wet-fast track in 1:08 and paid $7.80, $4.40 and $3.40. Dan Markle is
the trainer for owners Sue and Tim Spooner, who recently acquired the
4-year-old gelding in a private sale.
connections—jockey, trainer and owner—continued their recent hot
streaks at Emerald Downs. Duran rode five winners last Sunday including
a triumph on Posse Power in the Auburn Handicap. Markle has saddled
four winners in the last three racing days including doubles Friday and
last Saturday. And the Spooners have three wins in the last three days,
and their six wins rank No. 1 in the owners' standings.