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Tapiture Records First Win in Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Added on: Dec. 10, 2013

Tapiture started up close from the beginning and was trailing just behind the 19:1 outsider Laddie Boy, who was leading the field in the opening quarter. From trailing just behind in second place, Ron Winchell’s Kentucky Homebred then went on to record his first victory and was ahead at the finish line by 41/4 lengths.

This was Taptiure’s maiden victory on Saturday in the Grade 2 $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. When asked whether he would be going to California or Fair Grounds for the next race, American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen answered, “He goes to the Fair Grounds from here.”

He continued, “We had planned on running him in a maiden race at the beginning of the meet as a prep for this. It didn't go as planned, but he came out of it good, trained really well and just stayed the course. It's awfully fun to have another nice homebred for the Winchells.” Tapiture was ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. “It was pretty crowded going into the first turn, I really liked the way he handled and got good position. Ricardo (Santana Jr.) rode him really well,” said Asmussen.

Speaking after the race, the jockey said, “My horse is a little green, he doesn't know how to run yet. He's been waiting to go long. I loved my horse today. I thought I had a big chance. My horse had run three times already and he's learning. I had a lot of confidence in my horse. When I asked him he finished really good.” These comments were taken directly from the Kentucky Derby website.

Some of the other horses that were taking part in this same event included Awesome Sky, Buck Magic, Notability, Arctic Slope, Dobra Historia, Culprit and Mygalsal. Dobra Historia was the starting favourite at 5-2 and didn’t place, while Buck Magic came in fourth, Awesome Sky in third and Laddie Boy in second.

Laddie Boy’s trainer, Chuck Peery said, “I just think this colt is continuing to improve.” He then added, “At the quarter-pole he bobbled a bit and I don't think he really cared for this track that much. But I couldn't be prouder of him. I thought he hung in there after (Tapiture) got by him when a lot of horses would call it a day. He showed me some real intestinal fortitude today.”

Back on August 17th at Saratoga, Tapiture took part in his debut and finished strong in second, closely beaten by the Hopeful Stakes winner, Strong Mandate, but now takes home a maiden victory in this latest show of strength.