Tax took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge by favored Tacitus to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
The Grade II test for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles featured two of the top horses from the Triple Crown – Tacitus and War of Will – but Tax, with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, took advantage of a tough start by Tacitus to win by three-quartersof a length.
The gelded 3-year-old son of Arch, Tax paid $11.00, $4.30 and $2.90. Tacitus returned $2.80 and $2.30, and Global Campaign paid $3.20 to show.
War of Will led early but faded to fifth in the six-horse field.
The Jim Dandy victory for Tax came one week after Maximum Security, the disqualified first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, won the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park to zoom to the top of the 3-year-old division.