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Tacitus

2019 Belmont Stakes Contender

Owner: Juddmonte Farms Inc.
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Post Position: 10
ML Odds: 9/5

Get to Know Tacitus


Sire: Tapit (Pulpit)
Dam: Close Hatches (First Defence)
Date of Birth: February 21, 2016
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc.

Starts: 5
Wins: 3
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $953,000

Last 4 Races


Date Track Race Finish
May 4, 2019Churchill DownsKentucky Derby (Gr. 1)3rd
April 6, 2019AqueductWood Memorial Stakes (Gr. 2)1st
March 9, 2019Tampa BayTampa Bay Derby (Gr. 2)1st
November 10, 2018AqueductMaiden Special Weight1st

Bettor's Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Expected to vie for favoritism with War of Will or be a very strong second choice in the wagering, he’s the highest-finishing Kentucky Derby performer still on the trail. Placed third in Louisville, Tacitus can give trainer Bill Mott a second classic victory of 2019 following Country House’s Derby promotion. Mott knows his way around the Belmont Stakes winners’ circle, having traveled it in 2010 with Drosselmeyer. He’s also had a runner-up here (Vision and Verse, 1999), as well as last year’s third-place finisher Hofburg. Pedigree-wise, Tacitus is by 3-time Belmont Stakes-winning sire Tapit and out of Close Hatches, who won the 2013 Mother Goose and 2014 Ogden Phipps over ‘Big Sandy’ at 1-1/16 miles. Jose Ortiz rides the Wood Memorial winner, who will try to capture the Big Apple’s two key spring sophomore events for the first time since Empire Maker swept both in 2003. Ortiz won his first Belmont with Tapwrit in 2017 and was runner-up a year ago with Gronkowski.

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News

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6.2.2019

Tacitus Strong in Final Workout for G1 Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Juddmonte Farms' homebred Tacitus, with Jose Ortiz up for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.42 over Big Sandy on Sunday morning in preparation for the Grad...

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5.26.2019

Tacitus Works Five Furlongs in Preparation for Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier. Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:01...

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5.18.2019

Tacitus Breezes in Preparation for 2019 Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was trackside at Belmont Park early Saturday morning to oversee Juddmonte Farms homebred Tacitus making his first breeze back since a third-place finish...

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5.2.2019

Kentucky Derby Contender Tacitus 'On Deck' as Next Juddmonte Star

LOUISVILLE, KY. - If Tacitus' blood was any bluer, it would be cerulean. By America's top dirt sire, 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, out of five-time Grade 1-winning New York heroine and Eclipse ch...

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4.7.2019

Regally-Bred Tacitus Too Tough in G2 Wood Memorial

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Juddmonte Farms' Tacitus punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby, overtaking Tax in the stretch with an impressive move from the outside and closing strong for a 1 ¼-length win...

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