Mott runners Tacitus, Yoshida train toward Jim Dandy, Whitney

NYRA Press Office
July 13, 2019 03:43pm

Never one to rest on his laurels, Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott was a busy man one day following an impressive maiden victory on Friday's card with 2-year-old filly Vast, for owners and breeders Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider.

Saturday morning, Mott sent multiple graded stakes winners 
Tacitus and Yoshida in tandem to breeze over the Oklahoma training track.

Working in company, Tacitus completed the five-furlong breeze in 1:01 flat and Yoshida in 1:00.90.

Targeting a start in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, Tacitus posted his third breeze since finishing second in the Belmont Stakes.

Mott said he was pleased with the work from the homebred son of Tapit for Juddmonte Farms.

"Real good work," Mott said on horseback. "I thought they both went well. We just want to keep them happy, healthy and stay on their respective courses."

Tacitus broke his maiden in his second start at Aqueduct Racetrack and emerged on the Kentucky Derby trail by winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in March in his next start.

He secured the top spot on the Kentucky Derby qualifying points leaderboard with a victory in the Wood Memorial (G2) at the Big A, and placed third in the Derby following the disqualification of Maximum Security.

Mott said Tacitus has kept his good form following the Belmont Stakes.

"He's pretty much about the same as we had him for the Belmont," Mott said. "He was going good into that race and he's continued to do so."

Yoshida, a multiple graded stakes winner in his own right for owners China Horse Club International, Winstar Farm and Head of Plains Partners, is looking to make his next start in the $1 million Whitney (G1) on Aug. 3.

The 5-year-old Japanese bred son of Heart's Cry has yet to hit the board in three starts this year.

Yoshida finished sixth in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, the Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse, and last out in the Stephen Foster (G2) at Churchill.

"He's continued to stay on course," Mott said. "If we continue to be pleased with how he's doing we'll give him a shot in the Whitney."

Vast, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Sower and also to Mott's stable pony Round, won her debut by a half-length at odds of 12-1.

Mott said he was pleased with the daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Lea, who he also trained.

"You have to be pleased first time out of the box to have her run that way," Mott said. "It's exciting and we're keeping it in the family with the victory also being from her brother to my stable pony."

2019 Whitney (G1)

 

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