|SANTA ANITA DERBY|
Won at 3SANTA ANITA DERBY
(gr. I , 9f , defeating King of the Roxy, Sam P., Liquidity, Bwana Bull, Medici Code (GB), Court the King, Black Seventeen, Boutrous, Level Red ).
Following in his half-brother’s footsteps, Tiago posted an upset in a grade I race when he defeated King of the Roxy by a half-length in the Santa Anita Derby April 7. His famous half-sibling Giacomo only managed fourth in the 2005 Santa Anita Derby before taking the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at odds of 50-1.
Tiago, a 3-year-old Pleasant Tap colt, only made three starts prior to his graded stakes win and from those, his only victory came via a disqualification. The homebred colt is campaigned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, just as Giacomo was.
Jerry Moss is a co-founder of A&M Records, and he named Tiago after the son of Sergio Mendes, and Giacomo after a son of Sting. Both colts are out of the 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 Set Them Free to four stakes victories for the Mosses.
Out of the unraced Tyrant mare Valseuse, Set Them Free is named after the Sting song “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.” Her half-sister Vachti was a stakes winner in France, and their dam is a half-sister to stakes winner River Rose, who went on to produce five stakes winners including champion Baiser Vole.
Besides winning the Kentucky Derby, Giacomo won the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and placed in five other graded stakes events. In addition to Tiago and Giacomo, Set Them Free is the dam of the Sea Hero filly Sea Jewel, who finished second in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) and third in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II).
Set Them Free is boarded at Dr. John and Alice Chandler’s Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. She has a juvenile full brother to Tiago and a yearling colt by Giant’s Causeway. The 17-year-old mare is in foal to Pulpit on a May 24 cover and has been booked back to Giant’s Causeway.
Pleasant Tap is the sire of 42 stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winner Premium Tap (KSA-I), who finished second in the March 31 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). The 20-year-old son of Pleasant Colony stands at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $15,000.—A.H.D.
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