Tapiture will try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap.

Tapiture will try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap.

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Tapiture Dials Back for Ack Ack 'Cap

Son of Tapit is 0-for-4 this year, but all have been at more than a mile.

Still looking to find his stride in 2015, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture  will dial back to try a one-turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.

In four tries beyond a mile this season, after a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) last year, the 4-year-old son of Tapit  trained by Steve Asmussen has yet to reach the winner's circle. The off-the-pace runner, who will carry the highweight of 118 pounds in the Ack Ack, won three graded events in 2014the Southwest (gr. III), Matt Winn (gr. II), and West Virginia Derby (gr. II). His nearly $1.5 million in earnings towers over the field.

While Tapiture (favored at 7-5 on the morning line) is coming off arguably his worst performance in recent memorya far-back eighth in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III)other Ack Ack entrants appear to be in top form.

Viva Majorca is entering off a third-place finish in the seven-furlong Forego (gr. I), where he finished behind Private Zone and The Big Beast  at odds of 32-1. The Tiago gelding has been sprinting in his past six starts and could be well-suited for the one-turn mile.

Midnight Cello also could be a live option coming off positive performances at a mile, albeit on synthetic tracks. The Midnight Lute  gelding took the Hanshin Cup (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse two starts back and nearly struck again in the Presque Isle Mile Stakes last time out, finishing second by three-quarters of a length despite a six-wide trip.

The only other graded winner in the field is Den's Legacy , but his score came all the way back in 2012, when he took the Generous Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park as a 2-year-old. He was eighth last time out in the Forego.

Stakes winners Agent Di Nozzo and Roman Unbridled, along with allowance winner Hat of Jacks, complete the field.

Entries: Ack Ack H. (G3)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Race 8

  • Grade III
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:18 PM (local)
11Den's Legacy (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateCalvin H. Borel115Ron Moquett-
22Agent Di Nozzo (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.116Steve Margolis-
33Midnight Cello (KY)Florent Geroux117Michael A. Tomlinson-
44Hat of Jacks (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFrancisco C. Torres112Charles Kardoush-
55Tapiture (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Steven M. Asmussen-
66Viva Majorca (KY)Julien R. Leparoux116Ian R. Wilkes-
77Roman Unbridled (KY)Jon Kenton Court114Aaron Shorter-