Richard Baltas hopes Taishan wins his first stakes when he runs in subsequent Sunday’s Grade II Twilight Derby for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Taishan, a Sweet Trip colt, was second final out within the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs Sept. 5, shedding by solely a half-length within the 1 1/16-mile turf race, regardless of being bothered at first.
“It was his first time on grass and it was an excellent effort,” Baltas stated of the Kentucky-bred bay owned by Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. “It was a half-million greenback race and there was lots of velocity, so I feel it form of arrange for him.
“That being stated, I feel he was all the time meant to be on the grass. He ran towards some robust horses on filth at Oaklawn in Nadal (winner of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on July 8).
“Sweet Rides are fairly versatile however I feel they like the turf.”
Taishan’s first three races had been in Southern California, however his final seven included stops at Oaklawn Park, Indiana and Churchill Downs.
Florent Giroux, who rode Taishan within the American Derby, was impressed together with his efficiency.
“They wished me to get a place (close to the lead) however they had been rolling in entrance so we went to Plan B,” the Frenchman stated after the race. “I set off inside properly and made one run. He ran an enormous race, first time on grass. He dealt with it completely.
“He’s a pleasant horse. He’d been working very properly and I’m very proud of the way in which he ran.”
Taishan was a distant fourth within the Grade III Sham Stakes at a mile on filth at Santa Anita Jan. 4 behind a horse named Genuine, who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.
Anyway it shakes out, the Twilight Derby has the look of a really contentious race.
Baltas has three nominated to the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes on Saturday however is more likely to enter two, Going to Vegas with Mario Gutierrez and Nasty with Ricardo Gonzalez.
Nasty, a daughter of Avenue Sense owned by Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth who marketing campaign as LNJ Foxwoods, has been working again east and can make her West Coast debut for Baltas within the Autumn Miss.
Her two victories got here at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana, the place she had been skilled by Brad Cox.