Tagg reigns again at Pimlico as Conservation pulls an upset

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In returning to Pimlico Race Course for the first time since prevailing in the Preakness with Funny Cide, trainer Barclay Tagg came away victorious again. Conservation upset odds-on favorite Foufa's Warrior yesterday in the $60,000 Humphrey Finney Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-breds.

Jockey Enrique Jurado first saved ground behind Cheverly Gold. He then took Conservation inside of the leader at midstretch and drew away to win by three lengths.

Cheverly Gold held off Foufa's Warrior, the 1-2 favorite, for the second spot. The winner paid $7 and topped a $59.40 exacta.

The son of Tamayaz covered the nine furlongs in 1 minute, 51.78 seconds over a sloppy main track. The race was taken off the turf course after heavy rains Friday and yesterday.

"I was concerned ... I didn't think that he would run well in the mud," Tagg said. "I shod him for the turf yesterday, and I didn't want to re-shoe him because his feet are a little brittle. The jock did a great job, especially when Foufa came to him, and he didn't let him go by."

The late-closing Foufa's Warrior was three lengths back at the top of the stretch, but weakened when asked by rider Ramon Dominguez.

"He gave me the trip I expected early, but I could tell that he didn't like the track," Dominguez said.

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