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(gr. II , 9f , to Tiago, defeating Souvenir Slew, Desert Code, Awesome Gambler, Augment ).
Tiago replicated his Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) victory by coming from off the pace and skimming the rail to win the $368,250 Swaps Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 14.
Winning jockey Mike Smith gave Tiago a patient ride, keeping the colt by Pleasant Tap in the clear in fifth in the field of six until the stretch run. Smith angled Tiago to the inside nearing the eighth pole and squeezed the even-money favorite between Desert Code and the rail before drawing off to win by 21¼2 lengths.
The Swaps, contested over Cushion Track, was Tiago’s first start over a synthetic surface. However, the surface was not unfamiliar to Tiago because he has frequently worked over the surface since his trainer, John Shirreffs, is based at Hollywood.
The race also snapped a two-race losing streak for Tiago, who had finished third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in his last two starts.
Tiago races for his breeders, Ann and Jerry Moss. Jerry is a co-founder of A&M Records and is a current director of the California Horse Racing Board. The Mosses greatest triumph in racing came in 2005 when their homebred Giacomo, by Holy Bull, a half-brother to Tiago, won the Kentucky Derby. At 4, Giacomo captured the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
Tiago is out of the four-time stakes-winning mare Set Them Free, by Stop the Music. The late trainer Brian Mayberry, who trained for the Mosses at the time, purchased Set Them Free for $45,000 from consignor William E. Graves, agent. Unlike her sons Giacomo and Tiago, Set Them Free was a sprinter, winning from 51¼2 furlongs to 6 furlongs while racing for the Mosses.
Set Them Free has produced five winners to date. Included are graded stakes-placed Sea Jewel (by Sea Hero) and Falcon Scott (by Swain), a two-time winner on grass.
Set Them Free delivered a colt by Pulpit April 28. She was subsequently bred to Giant’s Causeway but was barren to his cover.
Pleasant Tap is the sire of 43 stakes winners, including other 2007 added-money winners Premium Tap (KSA-I) and Baron Von Tap. The champion son of Pleasant Colony stood for $15,000 in 2007 at William Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.—J.S.F.
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