Mott 'liked the rhythm' of Tacitus' Belmont Stakes breeze

NYRA Press Office
May 26, 2019 03:42pm
Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier.

Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:00.16 with Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz, galloping out strong in front of his graded stakes winning stablemate in preparation for the June 8 Belmont Stakes.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, Tacitus rallied from 16th at the half-mile call in the Kentucky Derby to finish fourth and was elevated to third with the disqualification of Maximum Security.

Mott said he was pleased with the breeze from the regally-bred son of Tapit and multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches.

"It was very good, very even; I liked the rhythm of it - 12, 12, 12, 12. Each furlong was in about 12 seconds and he went out six furlongs in about 1:12, so I thought it was a very steady, solid work," said Mott.

Also Sunday, 
Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Channel Maker worked four furlongs in 48.33 on the Belmont dirt training track.

The 5-year-old Channel Maker, who 
earned a lofty 106 Beyer Speed Figure last out in his Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes score, is tentatively pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Manhattan, a 1 1/4-mile turf test set for Belmont Stakes day.

"He worked very nicely on the training track," Mott said. "It was the first work back for him and it was very good. We're nominated for the Manhattan, but I'm not sure what we're doing yet. We'll see how he trains up to it."


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