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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Tapitsfly Back in Stakes at Churchill Downs

2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf winner Tapitsfly will return to stakes action for the first time since that event in Saturday's Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill.

Tapitsfly came into her own when she switched to turf during her juvenile campaign but something went awry as she missed all of 2010 and ran last in her January comeback at Gulfstream Park. She sprung to life with a nose defeat in February and got back on the beam with an optional claiming wire job over the Gulfstream weeds April 2. She figures to make her presence felt early and often from the hedge under Leparoux. 

Upperline is the one to fear under Rosie Napravnik. The New Orleans shipper won two straight graded turf routes at Fair Grounds this winter and was especially impressive in the Bayou Handicap on March 26. The Mike Stidham trainee projects an inner tactical journey.

Consistent mare Never Retreat will try to overcome the outside post for Team Block. She exits back-to-back graded triumphs and should be within striking range throughout under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Graham Motion's filly Aruna won all three of her US starts in 2010. She packs a nice late kick and can compete here if she is ready to run off a five month vacation.

Aviate showed promise in her US bow for struggling conditioner Bill Mott. Today's rider Kent Desormeaux is winless in his last 28 rides for this outfit.

If they go too fast early look for Fantasia to pick up the pieces. Jonathan Sheppard's late striding mare gets the services of Joel Rosario and has traded decisions with Never Retreat in her last pair.

The 11-horse Distaff Mile field is completed by Zapparation, Ice Mist, Vivo Per Lei, Wild Mia, and Kiss Mine.

 

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