(Tax / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
The only time Tax has run at Keeneland was two years ago in a $50,000 maiden claiming race. The stakes will be much higher Saturday when the now 4-year-old gelding goes postward in the 63rd running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2).
“He’s doing well,” said trainer Danny Gargan, who claimed Tax out of that Keeneland race. “I gave him three months off (after the May 2 Oaklawn Handicap-G2) because he really hadn’t had a break.”
Now owned by the partnership of R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, Tax won the Jim Dandy (G2) and the Withers (G3). He also finished second in the Wood Memorial (G2) and Discovery (G3).
“I had targeted this race (Hagyard Fayette) because I like the mile and an eighth (distance),” Gargan said. “I didn’t want to go a mile and a quarter right off the bench.”
One concern of Gargan’s for Saturday is the strong possibility of rain most of the day and the chance for an off track. In Tax’s only off-track race, he was 14th in last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve.
“That one probably shouldn’t count because it was more like a swamp,” Gargan said.