Tapitsfly To Return At Gulfstream
Tapitsfly to return at Gulfstream on Wednesday
TAPITSFLY (Tapit), who has been sidelined by various physical issues since her rallying victory in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, will make her long-awaited return in Wednesday's 8TH race at Gulfstream Park.
The Dale Romans trainee underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from her ankle early last year, resumed training in late spring, but was forced to the bench once more over the summer, and ended up missing her entire sophomore campaign. Now four years old, Tapitsfly has been working forwardly at Gulfstream of late, most recently breezing six grassy furlongs around the "dogs" in 1:13 on Monday.
Tapitsfly is two-for-two on turf, having captured the P.G. Johnson S. at Saratoga in her grass debut. She then finished second as the 1-2 favorite in the Miss Grillo S., which was rained off the turf and transferred to Belmont Park's main track. Next time out in the Breeders' Cup over the firm course at Santa Anita, Tapitsfly reeled in the pacesetter Rose Catherine (Speightstown) to prevail by a half-length.
The gray will look to stay perfect on the grass in this third-level optional claimer going one mile. Pegged at 4-1 on the morning line, Tapitsfly will break from post 6 with new rider Julien Leparoux.
Wednesday's feature drew a total of 12 distaffers, including the lone main-track-only hopeful MS VANENZZA (Successful Appeal), who would rate as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in case of a surface switch.
Otherwise, Grade 1 veteran MISS WORLD (Bernstein) ranks as the 3-1 morning-line choice. The Christophe Clement mare reported home fourth in the My Charmer H. (G3) last time out, and two starts back, finished second in the Glowing Honor S. at Aqueduct.
Also worthy of consideration are multiple Canadian stakes victress BARRACKS ROAD (Elusive Quality), who reverts to turf after a pair of close runner-up efforts in stakes over Woodbine's Polytrack; PROFITEROLES (Afleet Alex), beaten all of a neck when third in the Memories of Silver S. at Aqueduct; and TREMENDAMENTE LOCA (Offlee Wild), who stretches out on the heels of third-place finishes in the Raven Run S. (G2) at Keeneland and the Lightning City S. at Tampa.
On the Florida worktab
GIANT OAK (Giant's Causeway), who earned his first Grade 1 victory when elevated to first in the November 26 Clark H. (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 over the fast main track at Gulfstream Park on Monday. The February 5 Donn H. (G1) is a likely early-season goal.
Unbeaten Debutante S. (G3) queen JUST LOUISE (Five Star Day) traveled a half-mile in :48 2/5 in advance of her three-year-old debut.
Red Smith H. (G2) runner-up RESCUE SQUAD (Dynaformer) was clocked in :48 1/5.
On the fast Palm Meadows dirt, Grade 1 victor CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN (Candy Ride [Arg]) finished in 1:01 3/5. He's unraced since an eighth-place effort in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).
Louisiana Derby (G2) winner MISSION IMPAZIBLE (Unbridled's Song) exercised in 1:01 2/5. The Todd Pletcher trainee was last seen finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Undefeated three-year-old BRETHREN (Distorted Humor), a half-brother to Derby star Super Saver, stretched his legs in :49 2/5 for a half-mile.
Northern Dancer S. (G3) scorer COLIZEO (Distorted Humor), third in the Ack Ack H. (G3) in his latest, strolled in the same time.
EMBUR'S SONG (Unbridled's Song), whose only losses were placed efforts in the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City S., posted :52 4/5.
Brazilian Group 3 and U.S. stakes scorer JARDIM (Brz) (Ski Champ), a distant sixth in the Zia Park Distance Championship last time, finished up five panels in 1:04.
Pluck had an adventurous last-to-first journey in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Melissa Wirth/Horsephotos.com)
Over the firm Palm Meadows turf, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) winner PLUCK (More Than Ready) logged three furlongs in :39 2/5.
Grade 2 victor DOUBLES PARTNER (Rock Hard Ten), last seen finishing fourth in the June 19 Colonial Turf Cup (G2), covered five-eighths in 1:01 3/5.
Multiple Grade 3 victor TWILIGHT METEOR (Smart Strike), winner of the December 4 Tropical Turf H. (G3) in his second start back from an 18-month layoff, covered four furlongs in :50 3/5 over the fast main track at Calder.
COFFEE BOY (Yonaguska), unraced since winning the Carry Back S. (G2) in July, went in :50 2/5.
Multiple stakes victor PICKAPOCKET (Mecke), seventh in the Tropical Turf, was timed in :51.
Over Payson Park's fast dirt, multiple stakes victress and Grade 2-placed SCOLARA (Quiet American) covered five furlongs in 1:02 2/5.
Carl G. Rose Classic H. winner BIRDRUN (Birdstone) went in the same time.
Undefeated sophomore RUTHENIA (Pulpit), last seen taking the Good Mood S., completed four panels in :51.