VA-BRED PRIVATE TALE WINS LAUREL STAKES

PRIVATE TALE (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Virginia-bred Private Tale rallied from a last place break to win the $75,000 Native Dancer Stakes Monday afternoon at Laurel.

Ridden by Sheldon Russell, the Tale of the Cat gelding broke in the air and had to settle in last in the early going.  Private Tale started his rally at the 3/8thpole and finally forged ahead in the final 50 yards.  The Michael Trombetta trained charge won by ¾ length over Javerre who finished ½ length ahead of Adirondack King.

Private Tale is out of Taint by Private Account and was foaled in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zureick, Mr. and Mrs. George Rayborn and William M. Russell.  He was sold as a yearling for $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2009 Eastern Fall Yearling Sales after winning the colt class at the 2009 Virginia Breeders Fund Yearling Futurity.

Private Tale would break his maiden at two at Parx and then miss the entire 2011 season.  He would return to racing in 2012 and end up the sixth leading Virginia-bred with earnings of $177,820 at year’s end.  He won five races last year at Parx, Belmont Park and Laurel.

AT THE 2009 YEARLING FUTURITY WITH CO-BREEDER FRANK ZUREICK (VTA Photo)

In October of last year, Private Tale finished fourth in the Bold Ruler Handicap Gr. 3 at Belmont before closing out his year with another fourth place finish in the CC Jewel Stakes at Gulfstream.

The Virginia-bred then started off this year’s campaign with a third in an allowance race at Aqueduct prior to capturing the Native Dancer at Laurel on MLK Day.

Private Tale now posts 6 wins from 14 starts and career earnings of $232,200.  He is a half-brother to Taint So, a stakes placed winner of $237,580, and multiple winner of $81,397 Taint That A Cat.