R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable's Tax had been touting himself in his morning workouts for the past month, including a recent 47.09-second half-mile as the bullet Saratoga work from 71 at the distance last Saturday. This weekend, the 3-year-old gelding delivered on that promise to win the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes by three-quarters of a length over 8-5 favorite Tacitus. Trained by Danny Gargan and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Tax ran nine furlongs over Saratoga's fast main track in 1:49.28. The son of Arch, claimed for $50,000 out of his second career start, was sent off at odds of 9-2.
Tax Wins Jim Dandy
“Hopefully if he comes out of this well, we're in the Travers,” said Gargan. “I think he likes this track and he likes it here, so that's something we're pushing towards and hoping we make. It's a wide-open division, he was unfortunate a couple of times. The Derby was a throw-out race because of the way the break went and the way the track was. If you take the Derby out, he's run as good as anyone all year. With the right trip and the right situation, he can be right there.”