Updated on 09/16/2011 8:49AM

First time up, Tarrant scores with Bold World


OCEANPORT, N.J. - It was last April at the Ocala Breeders' 2-year-old in-training sale. Amy Tarrant was just getting into the Thoroughbred business and finding that buying horses was tougher than she had thought.

At the sale, Tarrant was outbid on many horses before finally coming to Hip No. 382, a daughter of Fortunate Prospect out of Worldly Bold. The filly was named Bold World and Tarrant was determined to walk out of the sales ring with her.

"When she came along I just had a feeling," Tarrant said. "She was one of the fastest horses in the sale, I liked her look, and I decided to go for it. That was the beginning of a wonderful journey."

Tarrant outbid trainer Bob Hess Jr. for Bold World - her first horse - and paid $475,000, the second highest purchase at the sales. But the price was surely worth it, as Bold World has already had an outstanding career. So far, Bold World has won seven stakes, capped by an 8 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder last Saturday. Two of her stakes wins have come at Monmouth, where Bold World is stabled this summer with trainer Ronald Taylor.

Tarrant is a philanthropist in Burlington, Vermont, where she was born and has lived her entire life. She has her own charity fund, which is used for educational causes, and was honored last year as Vermont's Outstanding Philanthropist of the year.

Tarrant owned show horses before getting into the Thoroughbred business three years ago, when she met Taylor for the first time in Florida.

At the time, she said, she was interested in "dabbling in the racehorse world," and talked with Taylor about purchasing horses. They eventually went to a few sales and Tarrant said she gained the confidence needed to begin purchasing 2-year-olds at the sales. Bold World, the first horse she purchased, is also the first to race.

"Ron has the best eye for a horse I've ever seen," Tarrant said. "So many people ask him to buy yearlings and 2-year-olds."

Bold World has six wins in seven starts this year, all coming in stakes races. Two months ago, Tarrant said she has received a good offer for her, but turned it down.

"If I ever sell her, it will be when she's retired from racing," she said. "Ron and I discussed it and he really had a big influence. I didn't think I could part with her. My five children said, 'You don't need the money,' and they allowed me to follow my heart."

Bold World had two easy victories in stakes races here before starting in the Azalea, a race her connections had been pointing for the entire summer. She sat behind the two pacesetters under Calvin Borel and stormed by them around the final turn to win convincingly.

"She did a spectacular job," said Tarrant, who has been to every one of Bold World's races. "Calvin understands her and gave her the best ride she's had. I was nervous all day. I just wanted her to do well, to just hit the board. I'm still up on cloud nine."

With such a successful start in the business - Bold World has now earned $366,210 - Tarrant has upped her stable to 17 horses. At the February Ocala sales this year she purchased two horses for a combined $390,000, $330,000 of which was for a Boston Harbor colt.

"Everything's fun," she said. "I'm just having a blast. I can't tell you what an incredible experience it's been. I'm just a very lucky person."

With such an impressive win in the Azalea, Bold World is under consideration for the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga next weekend. Tarrant said the decision would be left up to Taylor, who takes the lead role in plotting her campaign.

Blackjack Boy and the gang in Tyro

The first juvenile stakes of the meet, the $50,000 Tyro Stakes on Saturday, should draw a solid field of five to six horses.

Blackjack Boy, trained by Steve Morguelan, was third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs May 27 before winning the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows July 4. He should be favored in the Tyro, the prep for the Grade 3 Sapling Aug. 10.

Ronny Werner is expected to send out either Down Play, third in the Grade 3 Flash at Belmont, or Jet Love, sixth in the Three Chimneys Juvenile at Churchill May 4. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Desert Warrior, third in the Grade 3 Tremont June 29, is also expected. Stong, Raise an Emblem, and Banshee King are possibilities.

Run Production, who was very impressive winning his maiden here July 7, was under consideration for the race, but trainer John Salzman said the colt came down with a cough this week and would instead point for the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga July 25.

Crash Course works

Crash Course, sixth in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap here July 6, worked for the first time since the race on Wednesday, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.80 over a fast main track.

Trainer William Croll said Crash Course has been doing well since the United Nations, although he said he wasn't too happy with the race. Crash Course's U.N. start was his first since winning the Grade 3 Mac Diarmida Handicap at Gulfstream Jan. 20, and Croll said he would be pointed for the $65,000 Battlefield Stakes at nine furlongs on the turf here Aug. 4.