Tapizar Tops Boys At Tosconova at Belmont

One-time Derby candidate leads all the way to spoil return of 2010 Hopeful winner.

Tapizar , making his first start in nearly eight months, went to gate to wire to upset odds-on choice Boys At Tosconova  in an optional claiming allowance race at Belmont Park Oct. 8 (VIDEO).

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Tapizar covered seven furlongs on a fast track in a sharp 1:21.20 to defeat Uptowncharlybrown  by 2 1/4 lengths. Boys At Tosconova, the 1-2 favorite in the field of seven, finished 1 1/2 lengths farther back in third in his first start since finishing second to Uncle Mo  in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last November.

Steve Asmussen trains Tapizar, a homebred son of Tapit  owned by Ron Winchell, was on the Triple Crown trail this winter. The bay colt easily won the Sham Stakes (gr. III) in January at Santa Anita, but had not been out since finishing fifth in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 12.

Tapizar quickly grabbed the lead and maintained a one-length advantage over Uptowncharlybrown and Three Day Rush while posting quarter-mile fractions of :23.20 and :45.92. Given his head by Nakatani leaving the big bend as Uptowncharlybrown challenged, Tapizar kicked away to lead by 2 1/2 lengths at mid-stretch.

"He acted very good pre-race, he was great in the gate," Asmussen said. "He was away smoothly and he’s got a lot of talent. There are races for him; it’s great to have him back.

Asmussen said Tapizar would head for Kentucky Oct. 10.

Uptowncharlybrown, in his first appearance since finishing fifth and being disqualified in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 5, could not keep pace with the winner under Javier Castellano. He finished willingly to take the place spot handily over Boys At Tosconova and John Velazquez.

“Johnny said the break cost him so much; he never got a chance to put the horse in a good spot," said trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. of the favorite. "It’s okay. He got a run in him.”

Boys At Tosconova won the Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga impressively as the odds-on favorite in the summer of 2010 but had his 3-year-old campaign interrupted before it started by an ankle injury that did not require surgery.

Tapizar, out of the Deputy Minister mare Winning Call, won for the third time in seven starts with earnings of $143,032. He paid $9.30 to win and teamed with 8-1 Uptowncharlybrown for a $74 exacta.