Monday, May 30, 2016
Darby Dan’s freshman sire Shackleford has caught fire with his first crop of 2-year-olds, as the Classic-winning, three-time Grade 1 winner picked up his third Maiden Special Weight winner in as many days when Oxblood captured his debut Sunday in a $59,000 race at Woodbine...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Shackin Up, a promising filly from the first crop of three-time G1 winner Shackleford, became her sire’s second winner in as many days, as the 2-year-old debutante romped to an 8 ¾-length victory in a $32,000 Maiden Special Weight race Saturday at Arlington...
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Are You Kidding Me, Run Away and Hide’s Sovereign championship-winning son, became a five-time Graded stakes winner on Saturday, capturing the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) in wire-to-wire fashion for the second straight year at Woodbine...
Taqarub steps up, wins G3 Maryland Sprint Handicap
RSS Feeds Saturday, May 15, 2010
Taqarub was all class as he tallied his first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Maryland Sprint H. (G3) as part of the 2010 Preakness (G1) undercard. The 4-year-old bay colt won the 2009 listed Jimmy Winkfield S. at Aqueduct. He prepped for the Pimlico race with a sharp score in a very tough allowance at Keeneland last month.

The six-furlong Maryland Sprint featured a very competitive field of 10 older sprinters. Taqarub was the fastest of the fast out of the gate, with a half-length lead after two furlongs. He carved out a half-mile in :45 2/5 seconds while leading by a length. Despite constant pressure, he managed to widen a bit in the stretch, ultimately winning by a length in 1:10, just a second off the track record.

Taqarub is a Darby Dan success story, bred, born, raised, and sold by the farm. The 4-year-old colt is by Aldebaran out of Honor Bestowed. The mare is a half-sister to champion grass mare Soaring Softly. Taqarub sold at the 2007 Saratoga Select Yearling Sale for $300,000 to Shadwell Stable, his current owner. He is now 5-1-0 in nine starts, with earnings of $232,437.