NEW YORK — Taris proved added distance was no obstacle, winning the $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths Friday at Aqueduct.
The 4-year-old was had already demonstrated her talent in shorter races. She was third in her previous start, the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs last month.
The Go For Wand was a stretch out to a mile for a runner who was 5-1-2 in eight races at shorter distances.
She handled the added furlong in style, sitting second in the early stages before swinging wide in the lane to prevail as the 4-5 favorite.
Rosario scrambled to do his homework.
"I watched replays and all that, so I was very confident," Rosario said. "I watched her last time when she ran in the Breeders' Cup. She's a nice horse."
Callaghan, who watched the race in California, was happy the late rider switch went smoothly.
"Gary was dehydrated and we ended up with Joel who is also a terrific rider," Callaghan said by phone. "I was pleased with his performance."
The time was 1:36.10 on the fast track.
Taris paid $3.80, $2.90 and $2.40. Mei Ling was second, returning $7.40 and $4.50. Spelling Again paid $3.50 to show.
It capped a big day for Rosario who also won the $147,000 King's Swan Stakes for 2-year-olds aboard 21-1 shot Jan's Reserve.
It was the second straight win for the colt trained by Michael Dilger.