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Tapwrit Racing News
Tapwrit is a 3-year-old colt by Tapit and was bred in Kentucky. He was purchased for the sale price of $1.2 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale. Tapwrit made his debut on Labor Day weekend at Saratoga, fondly known as The Spa. He ran a very lackluster race in his debut and finished dead last in a field of 10. After that performance, he was shipped South to Gulfstream Park where trainer Todd Pletcher keeps his second string of horses.
Two months after his disappointing debut, Tapwrit showed back up in the entry box for a one mile race at Gulfstream Park West. He lived up to his billing and won in a handily fashion over lesser competition than he faced in this debut at The Spa. A month after breaking his maiden, his connections opted to start Tapwrit in the Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The main track at Gulfstream was listed as sloppy that December day and Tapwrit took to it like a duck does to water in route to another daylight win.
Tapwrit made his 3-year-old debut at Tampa Bay Downs in the Sam F. Davis (G3) Feb. 11 and he was up against a quality field that featured the undefeated McCraken, who was an early Kentucky Derby favorite. One thing to note about Tapwrit's first 3-year-old start was he had a new jockey in the irons with Jose Ortiz aboard, as Eddie Castro had ridden him in his maiden win and the Pulpit Stakes.
Tapwrit showed why he brought $1.2 million at the sale with a fine inside trip and displayed a very nice turn of foot as he was the only one chasing the undefeated McCraken to the wire in the Sam F. Davis Stakes. He finished 2nd in only his fourth career start.
The largest win to date would be the March 11 Tampa By Derby. Tapwrit started the day listed as the 3-1 favorite in a field of 10, with McCraken skipping the race with an ankle injury. This solid effort takes another step forward to being a solid contender come the Firstt Saturday in May for the Kentucky Derby.