Tapwrit Notches First Stakes Victory in Pulpit

December 10, 2016 11:27am
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Photo: Andie Biancone

Tapwrit stamped himself as a horse to watch in upcoming stakes on the Road to the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) Saturday, notching his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

“I think everything is in play now,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled four stakes winners on Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase card of six $75,000 stakes. “We’ll see how he comes out of it. He’s seems to be going the right way. We’ll target one of these stakes. I’m not sure which one yet.”

Tapwrit was a main-track-only entrant in the Pulpit but drew into the field when the race originally scheduled for a mile on turf was moved to a sloppy main track for a one-turn mile renewal.

A $1.2 million yearling purchase, the son of Tapit stalked a contested pace involving Hey Mike and Salute With Honor along the backstretch before sweeping three-wide  on the far turn to easily take the lead under jockey Eddie Castro. The 3-2 favorite opened up a five-length lead in mid-stretch and held on to win by a length over Pletcher-trained stablemate Master Plan, who put in a strong late run under John Velazquez.

“He’s suited to two-turns but we didn’t have too many options. So we took a shot in a main-track-only and it worked out well for him,” said Pletcher of Tapwrit. “I thought Master Plan ran really well. It seemed like he closed well the last 100 yards or so.”

Master Plan finished 12 ¼ lengths clear of Hey Mike.

Tapwrit, who is owned by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta, ran a mile in 1:37.65. He debuted with a 10th-place finish at Saratoga Sept. 3 and returned to break his maiden at Gulfstream Park West while equipped with blinkers for the first time Nov. 6.

“He’s certainly improved off his first start. He didn’t behave well in his first start. He kind of missed the break and didn’t know what to do after that,” Pletcher said. “Subsequently, he’s trained well and has become much more professional. I think the blinkers have helped. We’re very pleased with his last two runs.”

Master Plan had run two previous races, both on turf, breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park Oct. 22. The son of Twirling Candy is likely to run on the main track in his next start with an eye toward the upcoming stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

“I think we probably have to give it a try this time of year,” Pletcher said.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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