Tacticus, a half brother to Highlands Farm’s popular young stallion Pathfork, picked up another feature race win this weekend.
The son of A P Indy made it back to back feature race wins when he won the Temperance Hill Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Tacticus, who had previously won the Birdstone Stakes, made all to land the $190 000 prize by a widening three and three quarter lengths for jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Graham Motion. Left struggling in his wake was former G1 Travers Stakes hero V.E. Day, who has earned more than $1 million in stakes.
After the win, trainer Graham Motion commented, “”I think this is just natural for him. I think he keeps improving. He ran well in the allowance at Saratoga, we took a shot and ran him back in the stakes (Birdstone on August 12), and I thought that today he ran even better.
He was so confident. He kind of switched things up; he ended up on the lead and he handled it. I was very impressed with him today, to be honest. It’s a small field, but he beat a nice horse in V. E. Day and I loved the way he did it. We talked about (being on the lead) in the paddock. We thought there was a chance we would, which made me nervous, but Joel was confident. We basically said, with this horse, you can’t get too cute. He’s going to run his race. He’s a galloper; he’ll gallop all day.”
Tacticus has now won or placed in seven of his 12 outings and is unlikely to stop here!
His half brother Pathfork (by champion US sire Distorted Humor) was Ireland’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2010 when he was unbeaten in three starts.
Like the outstanding sires Sir Ivor, Roberto, El Prado and Dubawi, Pathfork won the G1 National Stakes over a high class field.
Pathfork, bred on the same Distorted Humor/Sadler’s Wells cross as G1 winners Aesop’s Fables and Cursory Glance, will be represented by his first runners this season.
He has a sole lot on the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale next month – a colt, intensely inbred to the legendary sire Sadler’s Wells, from the same family as former champion 2yo Forward Filly (Lot 134).