Grade 1-winning mare Taris retired and sold

Taris: daughter of Flatter will be bred to Hill ‘n’ Dale resident Curlin

PICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Grade 1-winning mare Taris retired and sold
By Martin Stevens 3:29PM 20 AUG 2016

TARIS, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs in May, has been retired and is another high-class mare bought from Coolmore by a partnership of US breeders comprising Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, Glen Hill Farm and the Heider Family Stable.

It was revealed this week that the same syndicate had bought Coolmore’s well-bred European representatives How (a sister to the brilliant Minding), Earring and Most Beautiful, who are now in training with Tom Proctor at Fair Hill.

A five-year-old daughter of Flatter, Taris was originally a $90,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Commonwealth New Era Racing, for whom she won the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.

After that run Taris was bought at Fasig-Tipton for $2.35 million by Simon Callaghan for the Coolmore partners and she went on to win the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap and Grade 3 Go For Wand Handicap and to finish third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last year.

This season Taris won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes and finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes before recording her top-level triumph in the Humana Distaff, which she won by nearly six lengths from Stonetastic.

Taris was being trained to make her swansong in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint but has been retired after suffering some bone bruising.

She will be bred to Curlin, who was relocated to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm this year.

“She’s a perfect cross for Curlin,” Bernick told the Bloodhorse. “We think the world of her ability and she’s got a really good pedigree. It been a little quiet in recent generations, but it goes back to a great family – Dynaformer’s family and War Front’s family.

“We’re really excited about her. Grade 1-winning fillies with that speed, with the ability to go two turns – she’s right there at the top of the list of what we have right now.”
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