Shadwell Farm

SHADWELL'S TAQARUB WINS G3 MARYLAND SPRINT HANDICAP

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Shadwell Stable’s TAQARUB earned the first graded stakes victory of his career with his frontrunning score in the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap going six furlongs over the fast main track at Pimlico Race Course.
 
The speedy colt went to the front with an opening quarter in :23. He set down a second quarter of :22 2/5 and he cleared his closest competitor. He raced strongly to the wire, finishing up in 1:10 and winning by one length.

“Actually I was kind of surprised that somebody wasn’t after him," said winning rider Eibar Coa. "There were a lot of horses with speed in here on paper. I got out there and waited for someone to come by me, but they never did. I wanted to be close, but I just kind of inherited the lead.”

“He broke sharp and got right up there," said Andrew St. Lawence, the assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "Speed seems to be holding pretty well today. I think it suits this horse. He’s a pretty talented animal. As a 2-year-old turning 3, he was very good on the dirt at Aqueduct, so we weren’t entirely surprised by this run today.”

TAQARUB is by Aldebaran out of the Honor Grades mare, Honor Bestowed. He has five wins and one second in nine starts and he has earned $232,437.