Taylor S Too Quick for Any Limit Foes

March 14, 2015 11:43am
Taylor S wins 2015 Any Limit
Photo: Leslie Martin, Gulfstream Park
Unable to get to the lead in her last start, the Forward Gal (G2) on Jan. 24, there was no mistaking the strategy for Taylor S heading into Saturday’s $75,000 Any Limit at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Dale Romans wanted the 3-year-old half-sister to stakes winner Liam’s Map in front, and fast, breaking from post one under jockey Corey Lanerie with the speedy and undefeated but untested Dogwood Trail to her outside.

“I told Corey, ‘Try to get there at all costs the first eighth of a mile,’ ” Romans said. “There was a lot of speed outside her and I didn’t want her to get buried down on the inside. I knew she had enough speed to keep up with them, and she has stamina.” 

Albaugh Family Stable’s Taylor S broke on top and stayed there, leading from start to finish and dismissing a late bid from Dogwood Trail for a 3 ½-length victory. Dogwood Trail was a decisive second, 3 ¾ lengths in front of 22-1 long shot Coco’s Wildcat.

Second choice at 2-1 in a field of seven, Taylor S ($6) ran six furlongs in 1:09.75 on a fast main track. Miss Wilby, 9-5 favorite Perchance, Spark and Unhindered completed the order of finish. Both Dogwood Trail and Perchance were unbeaten in two starts heading into the Any Limit.

“It was good. We didn’t have anything in our path,” Lanerie said. “They had a little bit of speed in there but I thought if I could get out with a good, clean break she had enough speed to get to the front. I was just hoping it didn’t take too much out of her to get there. She proved today that she was the best horse.” 

Chased by Coco’s Wildcat, Taylor S blazed through a quarter-mile in 21.99 seconds and a half in 44.76, when Dogwood Trail crept to within a length in second. Taylor S extended her lead to two lengths at the top of stretch and sprinted clear when Dogwood Trail came up to challenge. 

“I thought I was going fast. Going into the middle of the turn, I was in doubt that I would have enough left. I thought I had maybe used her a little bit too much,” Lanerie said. “When he came to me, I thought I was done. I thought they were going to run by her, but she’s got a lot of class and she does what she has to do.”

The win was the third from six starts for Taylor S, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro out of the Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue. The Any Limit was her fourth stakes attempt and first win, having finished third in the Rags To Riches as well as the Forward Gal, won by stablemate Birdatthewire. 

"I think she can rate. I think she can do whatever we want her to. Her pedigree says she can run long,” Romans said. “She’s the real deal. She’s a very talented filly, maybe the most talented I’ve had.”

Source: Gulfstream Park


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