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Tapizar and Comma to the Top Stunned in California

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily - Day 83
Heavy favorites did not fare well in yesterday’s two Kentucky Derby preps in California. Nor did the bridge jumpers who pounded their odds way down.
First it was Tapizar in Santa Anita’s Robert Lewis Stakes. Off romping wins in a maiden race at Churchill Downs and the Sham Stakes last month, he was rated as the top sophomore in California and was made an overwhelming favorite yesterday at 3-10. He looked like anything but when the race was run. Unable to be restrained by rider Garrett Gomez, the headstrong colt forced his way to the front in fast fractions of 22.48, 45.64, and then 1:09.92 for six furlongs. As the field turned for home, Tapizar was little more than baked halibut and faded to 5th.
With the heavy favorite laboring, it became a two horse race. Anthony’s Cross who relaxed behind Tapizar early, grabbed the lead at the head of the stretch and was quickly joined by Riveting Reason. The two battled head and head from there in, with Anthony’s Cross  prevailing by a nose under jockey Joel Rosario. When 68-1 shot Quail Hill came on to finish third, eyes turned to see the balloons on the tote board. With nearly 90% of the show pool on Tapizar, the payoffs were impressive even with the 2nd and 3rd choices running 1-2. Anthony’s Cross paid $15.60 to show, Riveting Reason paid $15.20 to show, and Quail Hill returned $48.60 to show.
As for the game winner, Anthony’s Cross, a son of Indian Charlie, and trained by Eoin Harty, won for the second time in six starts. The Lewis marked his first effort wearing blinkers. He will likely now be rested until the Santa Anita Derby.
A few hours later and up the California coastline a bit, it was Comma to the Top’s turn to sink the bridge jumpers. After being the toast of Hollywood Park to cap last season, Comma to the Top arrived in San Francisco the hot horse and the even hotter favorite. Sent off as the big 1-2 favorite, he had a little more left in the stretch than Tapizar did, but just barely. Trying to get out much of the race, the favorite floated wide on the far turn and stayed wide as he weakened down the lane to finish fourth.
That left the El Camino Real Derby to be decided by pacesetter Jakesam and Silver Medallion. Despite being carried out by the faltering favorite, Silver Medallion proved strongest when the real running began. Coming off his first stakes win in the grassy Eddie Logan six weeks earlier, the son of Badge of Silver sat rated in fourth early before making steady progress on the turn. Under Russell Baze, Silver Medallion powered to the lead, and won driving to the wire for a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:50.45 for the nine furlongs.
In other Derby doings, Uncle Mo, showing his sharpness as he prepares for next month’s Tampa Bay Derby, worked a brisk four furlongs in :47.45 at Palm Meadows this morning. It was the 5th best of 51 works at the distance. His stablemate, Stay Thirsty joined him for the trip and recorded the same time.
Other works today from Horse Racing Nation’s list of 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders include the undefeated stablemate of Riveting Reason, Premier Pegasus:


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i just thought he could always be pointed to sprint stakes races. could be like big drama.
oh guess i read that wrong. yeah may not be a derby winner, but he will still have good races ahead of him like you said.
Tapizar actually ran the first quarter in 22.48, and I agree with most of you in that he is a talent that will come back and have better days, but as far as the Derby ... he does not have the mindset to do well there right now. I can not see him winning the Derby.
oh and mo is scary the fact he can take the lead or settle in the middle without effecting his run. always impressvie.
man if they can control tapizar he will be amazing. that 19.11 is just crazy. can't count him out yet. not often you see that.
I'm not so sure Tapizar can be counted out as a legitimate Derby horse yet, I think he cooked himself with those blazing early fractions. If he learns to relax on the lead or rate just off it he should come back strong. Comma to the Top looks like he could have distance limitations but maybe he just needed to get a race under his belt. Should be interesting to see where he goes next. It was great to see Uncle Mo flashing speed again and outrunning Stay Thirsty with ease during the work!
Tapizar reminds me of a horse named Urgent Request. Another high-strung individual with a super-fast motor. If his head is right, very dangerous on the lead. The good thing for Tapizar is he has 3 months to figure it out, and we already know he has a ton of speed and talent. So lets give him another chance, hopefully at a price.
I agree blooy. Tapizar was too high strung and refused to settle down. He has talent but needs to relax. Comma To the Top was likely done in by the 9f distance.
you see those fractions on tapizar? i think that is what got him. looks like it was to far for comma yesterday.
Clearly Tapizar and Comma were pretenders rather than Derby contenders. I saw Anthony's Cross last Fall at CD, and have liked him ever since.

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