Despite incurring some traffic trouble around the first turn, Tapwrit became the latest sophomore to make a play for a starring role in the ever-evolving 3-year-old male picture when he drew clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
- Bay Colt
- Born 2014
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs.
When it was announced last week that track record-setting Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner McCraken would miss the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) with a slight ankle strain, a new level of opportunity was placed at the feet of classic aspirants.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
Sonic Mule sat off the early pace and bravely turned back State of Honor in deep stretch to score in the Mucho Macho Man and earn his first triumph at the eight-furlong distance.
Sagamore Farm's Recruiting Ready will take a second straight shot at an initial stakes win when the Algorithms colt faces an expected four other juveniles in the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
|Trainer||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Jockey||John R. Velazquez|
|Breeder||WinStar Farm, LLC|
|Sonic Mule View Five-Cross Pedigree||Distorted Humor||Forty Niner|
|Globe Trot||A.P. Indy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Calumet Farm||Select Sales, agent||$175,000|