By: Mary Reeder @BH_MReeder
Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta’s Tapwrit vindicated himself after his debut, winning his second start by a head in a Nov. 6 maiden special weight for juveniles at Gulf stream Park West.
The partners paid $1.2 million for the son of Tapit, out of Appealing Zophie (Successful Appeal), at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select yearling sale from consignor Denali Stud.
In the juvenile colt’s first start Sep. 3 he finished 10th and last after faltering in a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga Race Course.
This time around, running a mile on a fast track, Tapwrit stalked the leaders down the backstretch, moved up to challenge runner-up Commandeering at the quarter-pole, and was able to edge away to finish by a length in hand at the wire.
The Todd Pletcher-trained colt got the trip in 1:38.24 under jockey Eddie Castro.
Tapwrit is the sixth foal out of his grade I-winning dam. Appealing Zophie won the 2006 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old and contested the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) that year to finish fourth. The next year she took the grade III Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but remained unplaced in higher level stakes finishing sixth in the Prioress Stakes (gr. I). BH