Tax joins Jim Dandy Stakes fray; see updated probables

NYRA Press Office
July 11, 2019 02:34pm
Tax has trained forwardly following his fourth-place finish in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, enough that trainer Danny Gargan says "we're going to the Jim Dandy."

The Grade 2, $600,000 race at Saratoga is expected to include a number of other top 3-year-olds, including potentially Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, on their way to the Aug. 24 Travers (G1).

Tax last breezed four furlongs on Friday in 48.20 seconds at Belmont Park and has since settled in at Saratoga.

"He ran really good in the Belmont and came out of it better than he went in it," Gargan said.

The dark bay son of Arch, owned by R.A Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, won the Withers (G3) and finished second in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct ahead of placing 15th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.

Claimed for $50,000 in October, Tax has now banked $426,300 with a record of 2-2-1 from seven starts.

Gargan said Tax will breeze again on Saturday at Saratoga and expects the gelding will appreciate racing at the Spa.

"He runs on every course, but this should suit him with his style," said Gargan.

Divine Miss Grey, another stakes-caliber runner from Gargan's barn, has won 12 times on the dirt. But the trainer said the ultra-consistent chestnut could make her next start on the turf at Saratoga.

"She'll work at Belmont in the next couple days and I may try her on the turf here," said Gargan. 

After winning 5-of-10 starts last year, including a victory in the Grade 2 Chilukki at Churchill Downs, Divine Miss Grey launched her 2019 campaign with a three-length score in the Heavenly Prize at Aqueduct before an off-the-board effort in the La Troienne (G1) at Churchill Downs.

2019 Jim Dandy (G2)


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