Shadwell Stable’s Tajaaweed,
third beaten a length and a half in last summer’s Grade III Arlington Handicap
and then eliminated from contention in the Grade I Arlington Million after
being held up in close quarters early, returned to competition by finishing
second beaten three-quarters of a length in last Sunday’s $80,000 allowance
optional claiming feature at Arlington in his first start of 2011.
“We were pleased with his race
the other day,” said Tajaaweed’s trainer Danny Peitz Wednesday morning.
“He did everything but win. Obviously, we would have been happier if he
had won it, but all in all we were happy with his effort.
“We gave Tajaaweed the whole
winter off,” said Peitz. “After Arlington last summer we ran him in a
couple of races at Keeneland (including a fourth-place finish in the Grade III
Sycamore Stakes), but after a little time on the farm in Lexington we sent him
back to (Shadwell’s Camden, South Carolina) farm where he had spent the
“He looks like he’s come back
a little bigger and a little stronger this year, and for now I would think the
whole idea is to try to earn another free ride to the Million,” Peitz said.
“We’ll look around for another race for him in a few weeks and if that goes
well we’ll probably take a look at the Arlington Handicap (July 9) once again.”