09/17/2007 2:00AM

Barclay & Kiaran's Excellent Weekend


Trainers Barclay Tagg and Kiaran McLaughlin both enjoyed extraordinary stakes runs the last two days. McLaughlin won both of the weekend's Grade 1's in North America, the Gazelle at Belmont Saturday with Lear's Princess and the Woodbine Mile Sunday with Shakespeare. Tagg won three stakes at Belmont: Saturday's G3 Noble Damsel with Dance Away Capote and G2 Futurity with Tale of Ekati, and then Belmont's Sunday feature, the Ashley T. Cole for statebred turfers, with Dave.

Shakespeare, making just his second start after 21 months on the sidelines, ran his career record to 7-for-8 with an impressive late surge to beat a strong field of milers at Woodbine. He scored by a length over Kip Deville, winner of the G1 Kilroe and G2 Maker's Mark earlier this year, and those behind them (in a race where it was just five lengths from 1st to 10th in a field of 14) included major winners Remarkable News, Host, Becrux, Sky Conqueror, Art Master and Arrivale. Shakespeare, who may be the top American hope for the Breeders' Cup Mile, ran the mile in 1:33.82, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 107.

Earlier in the day at Woodbine, Shakespeare's former trainer, Bill Mott, scored in the Summer Stakes for 2-year-olds with Prussian, a seven-length winner of his Saratoga debut on grass. That made Prussian the 1-2 favorite in the Summer, where the colt from Danzig's last crop dueled early and then pulled away to win by 1 1/4 in 1:35.26 (Beyer: 89). Next stop: the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Dave's victory in the Cole came by a whisker over the 3-year-olds Al Basha and Spurred, who were both making their stakes debuts and will now be the next generation of regular competitors in this division. The same six or eight statebred turfers turn out for the Kingston, the West Point, the Cole and the Mohawk each year, and Al Basha and Spurred will now join them in pursuit of those races. Dave has now taken three of the prizes, having won the '05 Kingston and the '06 West Point.

Goldengear More than 1 year ago
I find the turf sprints that NYRA has gone to a real crap shot. These races are real hard to figure out who is going to get the best trip and I have now refused to play them. There are also so many of them now that I find that I can't include them in my pick three and four wagers. I would prefer more races at 1 1/4 and 2 miles. The race at Saratoga at 2 miles had a great finish. I know that speed is the name of the game, but there should be more races for horses bred to go this distance.
b christensen More than 1 year ago
finally someone is doing something!! vet in kentucky gets five year ban. maybe biancone is next. take out a racing manual from late 80's, look at win% of top 10 money winning trainers which is a who's who of the hall of fame. win% around 17-18%. they'd be considered stiffs compared to the 25-30% todays "magicians" hit.
jeff_tatus More than 1 year ago
Steve... I followed your advice regarding the Tagg mare, "Dance Away Capote" and was alive to multiple P4's with RTR (out on the first leg of the P6) but no joy. Before I continue any further, your book "Exotic Betting" has been an enormous help. I couldn't ever again play multi-race bets without using your visual formulae. It saved me again this weekend with backups and savers that I somehow once forgot or couldn't "money manage" properly until I got the discipline from reading your book. I make up my own "Forms" for bet structuring that you should copyright and make available (PDF) on-line for free for all the horse-players (like me) that buy the DRF online. If you e-mail me, I will reply with an attachment. I don't know what makes me NOT think that Kiaran P could pull off beating RTR in my Pick 4's & 6's. I got double my small pick 6 ticket back when I saved in the 1st P6 leg with a $2 2/7/all where the #7 was my single. The post parade appearance of RTR was enough to save with a large 1/5/2-3 TPW and another $20 1/4 late double. Watching Shakespeare close up the rail at Woodbine on Sunday is the end of my disrespect for Kiaran P. Again, thanks for writing the book because without the discipline I gained from writing the proper bet structures, I would have never caught the late P4 at Fairplex last Friday on an $18 saver where the last leg horse paid $34.
E/L More than 1 year ago
Breeders' Cup Classic 2007 Odds update: Generally available "industry" prices from the man on the street in London, courtesy of www.eurohorse.co.uk Lawyer Ron 7/2, Street Sense 9/2, Any Given Saturday 5/1, Curlin 7/1, Discreet Cat 12/1, Hard Spun 14/1, George Washington 14/1, Asiatic Boy 16/1, Nobiz Like Shobiz 20/1, Magna Graduate 20/1, Grasshopper 20/1, Tiago 25/1, Political Force 25/1, Lewis Michael 25/1, Diamond Stripes 25/1, Awesome Gem 25/1, Xchanger 33/1, Timber Reserve 33/1, Sun King 33/1, Corinthian 33/1, Circular Quay 33/1, Dominican 50/1, A.P. Arrow 50/1 With less than three weeks to go until the Arc and following the unfortunate withdrawl of Manduro due to injury, the top three in the market are now: Authorized 6/4, Soldier of Fortune 3/1, and Dylan Thomas at 5/1. more to come from www.eurohorse.co.uk
T. Waits More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting that much moreso than several other low-profile trainers who have recently come out of relative obscurity to do well in the Triple Crown races, Tagg has over the last few years been able to parlay that track record into better stock and stakes success with all sorts of horses (male/female; turf/dirt; 2 year olds/older horses). I know he's always been well-respected, but I guess he's just a really top-notch horseman. Also, it's a shame there's no stud market for turf horses in North America (although I guess that's slowly changing with the ascendance of Polytrack), because if one existed, Shakespeare would have to be considered one of the finest stallion prospects to come along in years. Obviously he's a bit unsound, but otherwise he's a great-looking horse; well-bred; a grade 1 winner at both a mile and a mile and a half; runs fast times; and above all exudes class and pure talent. The way the horse extends himself and gets over the turf is really eye-catching and extremely rare.
scout2 More than 1 year ago
steve -do you see any conflict of interest on the part of the two main sheet makers,and there greatly expanding client advisory business? Thankyou
wilson More than 1 year ago
I spent a year in the Tagg barn in the mid-nineties. The man is an excellent horseman and I should have considered that more closely when I tossed his cold out of my pick 4. He takes good care of his stock and doesn't run them when they're not right, so the shins must be okay. Though he's famous now he'll always be Mr. Happy to me.
mikethedog More than 1 year ago
Steve: if you owned a horse and could have any trainer in the world train your horse for only one race with the biggest purse ever, who would you want to train your horse and why?
AJV More than 1 year ago
Further to t_waits Barclay Tagg comments: Before his Funny Cide success and his subsequent stable quality improvement, wouldn't he have shelved Tale of Ekati until at least next spring after he bucked shins? Instead, the new Tagg barn gets him a Grade II win and a shot at the Breeders' Cup. Well done!
Andrew Carpenter More than 1 year ago
I'm sold on Shakespeare's performance and should be BC Mile ML favorite, especially with Crossing the Line not coming to the dance. Euro's better come running. Kip Deville ran well giving up 7lbs to winner. If turf comes up firm, I would love 3;1 on this horse.