Gargan has Tax on target for Aqueduct's Discovery Stakes

November 13, 2019 02:50pm

Trainer Danny Gargan has surmised since claiming Tax more than a year ago that the gelding, a son of Arch, would perform well over the lawn. But this horse continues posting finishes too nice over the main track to give it a try -- so far.

Gargan said Wednesday he’s next targeting for Tax the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery on Nov. 30. The race is restricted to 3-year-olds and goes at nine furlongs, a distance that has been kind to the R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Lynch, Hugh and Corms Racing Stable runner.

In the Remsen Stakes (G2) last season, Tax ran third in his first start for Gargan when making a steep step up in company. He then opened 2019 with a victory in the Withers Stakes (G3) and, after starts in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, won Saratoga’s Jim Dandy (G2).

Gargan had the earner of more than $786,000 entered in Sept. 29 Oklahoma Derby (G3). But Tax scratched due to a “shipping fever” detected upon arrival. The Discovery will mark his first start since finishing seventh in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1).

Irad Ortiz Jr., Aquedcut’s leading rider who won on five of seven mounts Monday, will have the return call in the Discovery, Gargan said.

Overall, Tax is 3-2-1 in his nine starts. He worked an easy half mile most recently on Nov. 2, stopping the clock in 50 4/5 seconds at Belmont Park.


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