"We feel this race is a great start for TAX and should get
us in good position to be ready for some of the top races next year," owner
Dean Reeves tells Horse Racing Radar.
The Reeves Thoroughbred Racing owner adds, "TAX has been
training very well and has been very consistent in giving us good energy in his
works. TAX has had a bit longer layoff than we wanted but due to a few minor
setbacks and scheduling we are just now getting him back racing."
Our friends at Guaranteed Tip Sheet appear to be on the same
page as Reeves providing the following commentary to their subscribers, "TAX
has the best back-class but hasn't raced since May. He's been training well and
should be ready to roll."
Oddsmaker and voice of Gulfstream Park, Pete Aiello, lists
TAX (PP: 1) as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Grade III, Harlan's Holiday
Stakes. The four-year-old leads a field of seven, racing 1 1/16 miles on
Gulfstream's main track in Saturday's ninth race.
The son of ARCH and TOLL hasn't run since the Grade II,
Oaklawn Handicap on May 2, 2020. However, he's put five bullet works in the
books in his last seven workouts and, like Reeves stated, appears ready to get
back to work. TAX has a single trip around the south Florida track, but
stumbled at the start of the Pegasus Cup Invitational and never really had a
PHAT MAN (PP: 2 ML 5/2) is the top challenger for the
favorite according to the early line. He's coming off a sixth-place finish in
his last, which was his first race in nearly 10-months. The six-year-old's
recent resume says his second start off the bench might not be his best. His
speed figure dipped, modestly, in two of his last three second races after a
layoff. Even the lone step up was minor,
gaining just a few digits on the speed gun. On the plus side of the ledger,
he's tried his Gulfstream luck three times with a win and a pair of seconds.
In a race that lacks early speed types, the two pre-race
choices will likely find themselves chasing the outside horse, TATWEEJ (PP: 7
ML 4-1). Jockey Edgard Zayas has been on board the brown colt in his last three
starts, winning them all as the heavy chalk. The offspring of TAPIT's only
nonwinning effort came in his debut where he had some early issues and tired
late. If Zayas can get away with running an opening half-mile in more than 46
seconds, he could be tough to catch.
IDENTIFIER (PP: 3 ML 15-1) is a longshot that could be live
in this spot. He's spent about two months in the barn since his last start on
October 17, 2020. He won the last time trainer Oscar Gonzalez brought this
horse back to the track in graded company He scored in the Hal's Hope Stakes,
at Gulfstream with his career-high speed figure. A repeat performance would
likely be a repeat result.
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