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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 12 2014 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park I 1 1/8 Miles 4 REPLAY
Mar 15 2014 Rebel Oaklawn Park II 1 1/16 Miles 2 REPLAY
Feb 17 2014 Southwest Oaklawn Park III 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Nov 30 2013 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Sep 7 2013 Iroquois Churchill Downs III 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY


Steve Asmussen


Asmussen was born into a racing family as his father and mother are both trainers and his brother Cash is a champion jockey. Steve has trained over 6000 winners and in 2009, shattered his own record for wins in a single year with 650 earning the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top trainer. Asmussen trained back-to-back Horse of the Year’s in Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Eclipse Champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia in 2011.Other top runners include Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly, Regally Ready, Majesticperfection, Kodiak Kowboy, Haynesfield, Wilburn and Pyro.

Ricardo Santana Jr.


Originally from Panama, Ricardo Santana Jr. became a jockey in the footsteps of his father.  He came to the United States in 2009 and started riding at Delaware Park.  Known for his ability and work ethic, Ricardo became the leading rider at Delaware Park in 2012. He went on to become the fourth leading rider at Churchill Downs in the spring of 2013.

Winchell Thoroughbreds


The Winchell family won the 2005 Kentucky Oaks with Summerly, and have made five starts in the Kentucky Derby: 1981 Classic Go Go, 4th; 1994 Valiant Nature, 13th; 2004 Tapit, 9th; 2007 Zanjero, 12th; 2008 Pyro, 8th. They were represented in 2010 by their homebred stakes winner Remit and as breeder of Paddy O’ Prado who finished third in Kentucky Derby 136. Winchell has a promising Kentucky Derby contender in Tapizar who most recently won the Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Winchell Thoroughbreds is owned by Joan and her son Ron who took over the business when his father Verne passed away due to a heart attack in 2002. Ron owns a chain of restaurants in Las Vegas called Winchell’s Pub and Grill. They have raced graded stakes winners: War Echo, Hightap, Cuvee, Olympio, Sea Cadet, and Valiant Nature. They own Corinthia Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Joan and Ron Winchell both reside in Las Vegas.


Tapit-Free Spin, by Olympio

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Tapiture is by the fashionable young sire Tapit and out of the mare Free Spin, making him a full brother to Retap and Remit, who were both stakes winners for the same connections.

Retap enjoyed his most productive campaign as a two-year-old. After finishing second in the Prairie Gold Juvenile, Mountaineer Juvenile and Kentucky Cup Juvenile, he ended 2008 with a lucrative score in the Riley Allison Futurity.

Remit won both of her stakes at Prairie Meadows, taking the 2010 Panthers and 2011 Wild Rose, and her five stakes placings include a pair of turf sprints at Santa Anita, the 2012 Wishing Well and Clocker's Corner.

Perhaps significantly for Tapiture, Retap and Remit had distance limitations. Retap never won past 6 1/2 furlongs, and Remit maxxed out at 1 1/16 miles.

Their sire, Tapit, is red-hot at present. In addition to Tapiture, he also has Florida Derby winner Constitution and Tampa Bay Derby hero Ring Weekend on the Derby trail, as well as Untapable in the Oaks.

A male-line descendant of Seattle Slew and A.P. Indy, Tapit earned his signature victory in the 2004 Wood Memorial, but wound up ninth next time out in the Kentucky Derby.

Tapit has made quite a mark at stud, siring 2008 champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound and 2011 champion two-year-old colt Hansen, along with such Grade 1 stars as Tapitsfly, Joyful Victory, Careless Jewel, Zazu and Japanese dirt stand-out Testa Matta. Although Careless Jewel and Testa Matta won major races at 1 1/4 miles, as did Tapit's son Headache, the stallion is more associated with imparting high-class speed.

A few Tapits made noise on the 2013 Triple Crown trail, including Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby.

Tapiture's dam, Free Spin, won half of her six starts. She is a daughter of Olympio, hero of the 1991 Arkansas Derby, American Derby, Hollywood Derby and Malibu. Olympio's most significant runner was multiple Grade 2 queen Olympic Charmer.

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