Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Remember Argentine Tango?

Surfing the net, I just found that Argentine Tango, a one-time stakes placed horse in Florida, is running in a $5,000 claiming race at Mountaineer Park tonight.

If you have access to an ADW, it is the eighth race with post at 9:34 p.m.---at 1 mile and 70 yards on dirt with a $6,600 purse.  We will watch and file a report on this blog.

Argentine Tango, a 7-year-old who is not gelded, is an example of how horses often are dropped down the ranks--and their connections  keep them running  even though they are basically just filling out fields.

Five  years ago, Argentine Tango ran in all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder for trainer Stan Gold and owner Fred Brei. He finished second in the Dr. Fager, second in the Affirmed and   fourth in the In Reality (that year with a $300,000 purse).

His stablemate Fort Loudon swept that year's (2011) FSS races.

In 2012, Argentine  Tango finished fourth in the Palm Beach  (Grade 3)on turf at Gulfstream.

Our review of Equibase data shows that Argentine Tango somehow changed hands early in 2015. 

He surfaced at Charles Town and then wound up at Mountaineer with trainer/owner Timothy Gilbert.  In West  Virginia, he has won just one of 21 starts  and has finished no better than fifth in any of his last five races--all low level claimers

Let's root for Argentine Tango tonight, and if he doesn't soon start faring better let's hope that his connections will find him a decent retirement.  We are adding him to our Watch List.
--Jim Freer

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