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Written by Alexis De La Garza

Tiago was born on March 8th, 2004, at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. He is sired by award winning stallion, Pleasant Tap, and is out of 4-time graded stakes winner, Set Them Free. He, being the half-brother to Giacomo, had quite a legacy to hold up.

The dashing bay colt made his first start in a Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita Park on December 26th, 2006, placing third. On January 23rd, 2007, Tiago brought in his first win in another maiden, but only after the winner was disqualified for interference down the stretch. He was then run in a grade two stakes, but only managed a seventh. But his losing streak was soon to change.

On April 7th, Tiago raced to our nation’s stage after winning the prestigious Santa Anita Derby at odds 29-1. This was Mike Smith’s, Giacomo’s jockey, first trip on the colt, and they seemed quite a team. Tiago was then raced in the Kentucky Derby, the race his brother had won at incredible odds just two years before. He placed seventh behind Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin. The dark bay colt skipped the Preakness, but returned for the last leg of the crown, the Belmont Stakes. Tiago showed a decent third behind winner Rags to Riches and placer Curlin.

Tiago came back from the crown with a bang, winning the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 14th. The gorgeous colt stalked the leaders throughout the race, closing with a kick to win. The colt would have made his first start with horses older than he, but trainer John Shirreffs scratched him last minute due to concerns of the polytrack surface.

On September 29th, he finally made that big start. He raced against older horses for the first time in the Goodwood Breeder’s Cup Handicap. He won by a nose over Awesome Gem, and earned himself a spot in the Breeder’s Cup.

When it came Cup time, Tiago was entered in the Breeder’s Cup Classic; the same raced Giacomo had placed fourth in just a year before. As seen from his past performances, Tiago was normally very lively before a race, but he was seen with his head drooping before the Breeder’s Cup, and placed an uncompetitive fifth over a muddy track.

Tiago has only raced twice, so far, in 2008. He placed third and second, and Shirreffs stated the he was proud of the colt’s effort in his races. I, personally, expect Tiago to make a nice comeback pretty soon.

Tiago Facts:
Owner: Jerome and Anne Moss
Breeder: Jerome and Anne Moss
Race Record: 11: 4-1-4
Earnings: $1,234,750
Sire: Pleasant Tap
Dam: Set Them Free