Tacitus to get a freshening before taking aim at Saudi Cup

November 10, 2019 04:45pm

Juddmonte Farms' dual graded stakes winner Tacitus will get a freshening before returning to the races as a 4-year-old with the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 the first major target.

Tacitus has not raced since finishing third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on Sept. 28. It was the son of Tapit's fifth consecutive top-three finish in a graded stakes without a win for trainer Bill Mott. Tacitus, who has three wins in nine lifetime starts, last reached the winner's circle following the Wood Memorial (G2) on April 6.

Garret O'Rourke, general manager of Juddmonte Farms', told the NYRA press office that Tacitus could possibly target an allowance race sometime in January as a prep for the Saudi Cup.

The inaugural Saudi Cup will be contested at 1 1/8-miles at 
King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh and will be the world's richest horse race. An all-star cast of U.S.-based older runners already have the Saudi Cup in their sights including likely 2019 champions Midnight Bisou and Maximum Security.  

2020 Saudi Cup


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