Tapit among those hoping to end Smarty Jones' bid for the Crown.

Tapit among those hoping to end Smarty Jones' bid for the Crown.


Tapit Breezes For Belmont Stakes

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:07 2/5 at trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm Saturday morning, in preparation for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

"He went all right," Dickinson said. "It didn't have a tremendously high degree of difficulty. It was just a routine five-furlong work, and he went very slowly. We'll do a bit more yet, probably something around Thursday, and if we run he'll be fit. At the moment we are planning on running.

"The Derby was a hard race for him because of the track and he did get tired. In the Wood, he ran very hard for two furlongs, and in the Derby he ran very hard for 10 furlongs, because he was never handling it. And when you don't handle the track, every furlong is hard work."

As for the prospects of upsetting Smarty Jones, Dickinson said, "It's $200,000 for second. There's nothing wrong with that."

In the Derby, Tapit finished ninth in the 18–horse field, beaten 15 3/4 lengths. The son of Pulpit has won three of his five career starts, including an impressive score last year in the Laurel Futurity (gr. III).

Dickinson said he'll probably follow his usual practice and van Tapit to Belmont the morning of the race.