This colt from the first crop of one of Tapit's understudies, Tapiture, delivered an eye-catching breeze over the OBS track, going a sharp eighth in :10 flat.
Tapiture has been the most popular son of Tapit at stud the last few seasons, breeding 525 mares in his first three books at historic Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky. His top-priced yearling brought $425,000 and this colt figures to be among a number of breakout two-year-olds for the young sire over the next few months, given the impression they made at OBS.
Like Tapit, Tapiture was bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and he was a Graded stakes winner at 2, 3 and 4 for trainer Steve Asmussen, peaking with a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
“I think Tapit is going to emerge as a sire of sires, with better sons hitting the market this year, with Tapiture included,” said David Ingordo of Lane's End Bloodstock. “I have been very impressed in general by the Tapitures. This colt in particular is exactly what I like to see in a racehorse. He is a big, stretchy colt who stands over a lot of ground.”
The colt was offered by a consignor, Steve Venosa, that West Point knows well and presents a smooth transition, as he does all the 2-year-old prep work for trainer George Weaver, who will receive this colt at the racetrack.
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.
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