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(gr. II , 9f , to Tiago, defeating Reporting for Duty, Circular Quay, Buzzards Bay, Fairbanks, Silver Lord ).
A year after Tiago garnered his first stakes victory, the bay Pleasant Tap colt added another black-type win to his resume as he defeated Heatseeker by a head in the April 5 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The close victory provided a measure of revenge for Tiago, who ran fourth behind Heatseeker in the March 1 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Last April, Tiago earned the first of his four graded stakes wins when he took the 2007 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). During his 3-year-old season, the John Shirreffs trainee also won the Goodwood (gr. I) and Swaps BreedersÕ Cup (gr. II) Stakes in addition to finishing third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Tiago races as a homebred for Jerry and Ann Moss, who enjoyed an excellent day at Oaklawn as they also won the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) with Zenyatta. In addition to placing in the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year, Tiago kicked off his 4-year-old campaign by running third in the Jan. 12 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) and second in the Feb. 2 Strub Stakes (gr. II).
For all of his accomplishments on the track, Tiago is probably best known as a half-brother to 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo. Tiago also competed in the Derby, but finished seventh last year behind Street Sense.
The Mosses bred their grade I-winning half-brothers out of the multiple stakes-winning Stop the Music mare Set Them Free. Bred in Kentucky by Racetime, Set Them Free was purchased by the late trainer Brian Mayberry for $45,000 at the 1992 Fasig-Tipton Florida February 2-year-olds in training sale from consignor William E. Graves, agent. Mayberry trained the bay mare for the Mosses.
Set Them Free is also the dam of Sea Jewel, a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Sea Hero. The only one of Set Them FreeÕs foals to be offered at auction, Sea Jewel was purchased by Adena Springs Farm for $300,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale from Bluewater Sales, agent. Her latest offspring, a Ghostzapper filly, was foaled March 31.
Kept at Dr. John and Alice ChandlerÕs Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Set Them Free has a 3-year-old full brother to Tiago named Alonzo, a juvenile GiantÕs Causeway colt, and a yearling colt by Pulpit named Paro. The 18-year-old mare was barren to GiantÕs Causeway for 2008 and has been bred to Awesome Again.
Pleasant Tap is the sire of 46 stakes winners. The 21-year-old son of Pleasant Colony stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $25,000.ÑA.H.D
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