Friday, September 25, 2015
Atenas rallied from a half-dozen lengths back with a quarter mile to run to score by a length on Friday at Retama Park in the racing debut of the 2-year-old daughter of American Lion...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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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.