Stonestreet Stables has retired their homegrown talent Tara’s Tango, a four-year-old filly who did the group very proud. “The plan was always to retire her at the end of the year,” noted bloodstock agent John Moynihan. After competing these last two seasons, it’s time for Tara’s Tango to enter the next stage of her career as a broodmare.
Over the course of 14 starts, Tara’s Tango would eventually go 5-3-2 with major wins at the Santa Maria Stakes and Santa Margarita Handicap. The latter was perhaps her biggest achievement as she notched a win over the five-year-old Taris.
In that race, Tara’s Tango employed blinkers to her arsenal for the first time in competition and the difference was immense. “When Martin won on her last time, he said she was running in spots and suggested the blinkers,” said Hollendorfer, speaking of Martin Garcia back in the summer . “They’re just small ones, but they helped. It was an excellent race and I’m very proud to get the Grade I for the owner. She got a good trip and showed a lot of heart running down the favorite.”
Ultimately, however, Tara’s Tango was usually a second tier runner at best. When she went head on with some of the best at the highly touted Zenyatta Stakes where she simply couldn’t keep up. That race was ultimately won by Stellar Wind, with Beholder coming in second. Tara’s Tango followed that up with an attempt at the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint but wound up placing 5th overall. By then, her connections knew it was time to hang it up.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer throughout her racing career, Tara’s Tango earned a solid $806,004 and endeared racing fans throughout her time on the track. Her final victory would be at the 2016 Rancho Bernardo where she toppled Enchanting Lady and Coniah.