Pletcher ‘Pleased’ With Tapwrit’s Preparations For Suburban

Pletcher ‘Pleased’ With Tapwrit’s Preparations For Suburban

Multiple graded stakes winner Tapwrit visited Belmont’s main track Sunday morning to put the final touches on his preparation for Saturday’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Day.

The 2017 Belmont Stakes winner breezed in company with one-eyed fan favorite Patch. The pair completed five furlongs in 1:00.71 with Tapwrit galloping out well ahead of his workmate.

“I thought both went well,” said Pletcher. “Tapwrit seemed to look really good. I’m pleased with the way he did it. The way he galloped out and the way he came back so we’re looking forward to the Suburban and a distance he should like.”

Tapwrit has made only one start this year, finishing third in an allowance optional claiming race on June 3. His 2018 bow followed an arduous 3-year-old campaign in which he ran in six consecutive graded stakes races, including the Travers, in which he ran fifth to close his season. Pletcher said the plan was to begin his 4-year-old campaign with a primary focus on summer and fall stakes.

“The thought process after the Travers last year was that he needed some time off,” said Pletcher. “He shed a frog in that race and it took a while for him to get healed up, so we purposely gave him a little extra time with the idea that we wanted to have a fresh horse for the summer and hopefully the fall. So far, it’s coming together.”

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