Tapiture Defeats Strong Mandate in Southwest

Tapiture wins 2014 Southwest
Photo: Coady Photography
Winchell Thoroughbred’s homebred Tapiture secured 10 points and a place along the Derby trail with his runaway victory in Monday’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before a crowd of 25,622. Trainer Steve Asmussen said he will now continue down the path toward the April 12 Arkansas Derby and May 3 Kentucky Derby with a likely start in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes March 15.

Taking advantage of his inside post position, Tapiture took up a stalking position as several horses battled for the lead early. Smarty Jones winner Tanzanite Cat held a half-length advantage for the opening quarter in :23 2/5, but gave way to Ride On Curlin before the half mile in :47 4/5. While the even-money favorite Strong Mandate was making his move five wide around the turn for home, Tapiture hugged the rail and drew off to win by 4 ¼ lengths over Strong Mandate. Ride On Curlin held on for third after his wide trip. The winning time was 1:44 4/5 over a fast track.

“It was a big step forward for him,” said Asmussen. “I was impressed with what he did. I saw some things we need to improve and he’ll need to continue to improve with the races coming up. I think the series sets up really well for him.”

Coastline, Tanzanite Cat, Bourbonize, Walt, Fire Starter, Son of Dixie, Paganol, Kendall’s Boy and Louies Flower completed the order of finish.

Tapiture, by Tapit, was making his seasonal debut in the Southwest after ending his juvenile year with his first career victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 30. He has now won two of five starts and earned $320,838.

As the 5-1 second choice in the field of 12, he returned $13, $4.80 and $3.20.



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works are exercise, nothing much more
workouts 4F - 50/51's - Race - 47.92 ... hmm?? someone not showing their full potential - that was a unexpected left fielder...
this rail skimming trip did have its advanatages but the animal had much left at the end
The conversation itself became comical to me. I know the reality; that is why I told jinlie that the changes would be starting soon.
No goblin.it is not Comical,it is the reality of the Elite Jocks. At this stage of the game ,patience is hardly a virtue for them Especially when they run bad. Guys like Joel are looking for the Derby HORSE,They are not looking for the nice horse. They want the impact horse. You should see and hear the backstabbing behind the scenes by the agents. They will go to any measure to land the star. I lived it last year.Vyjack ran 3rd in arguably the #1 rated DEerby Prep to the #1 rated 3yo at the time.He lost by a length and change. Joel used his parachute to jump off. Like they said in the Godfather.Its not personal,its buisiness. Like it or not . That is how it works with the elite jocks.
This thread conversation has become comical! We've had Rosario, Prado, Saez, and Court on SM within the past few sentences. And then there's jinlie01, who has wanted Gary Stevens on him since the beginning. On a recent thread I told her that the shuffling would be starting soon...and apparently it has....
bayern-kobes back wow omg
Luis can ride an Elephant through the jungle if called upon. At this stage,would be a 2nd resort for him. This horse did not look that good today. Hate the Time Line also. Anyone that ran today and is coming back in the Rebel.Assuming they are good enough and lucky enough to enter the Derby Gate. On Derby Day,they will then be making their 4th race in Appx 75 days. That is an average of 1 race in less than every 3 weeks. To much of a stress.
i like jon court he doesnt win grade 1s
is Saez strong enough for Mandate?
I think D.Wayne will probably settle on hhis security blanket,JK Court
Sounds to me as though he will be needing more parachutes for his next jumps then.
What about Prado on Mandate?
hey tmalios u know joel is riding top billing might spin them all for kobes back wow
sorry got cut off.Doubt Joel will want to ride back.
Needs alot more than Mud. Will probably also be needing a new jock , i would think.
it could be muddy the 1st sat. in mat tmallios
The only thing that this race showed me was that Tap came back nicely and could move forward. Strong Mandate is confirming my initial thoughts that he is a Mud Monster. The rest of the field better start looking at the minor Stakes schedules. They are not anywhere near being considered contenders .
i think he has a HUGE ADVANTAGE with his grade 2 win at churchill downs
1st time for everything amino. olympio coudnt go 10 furlongs either

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