Pletcher: Tapwrit Lays Down ‘The Most Impressive Breeze’ For Blue Grass Stakes

Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit has been on his toes at Palm Beach Downs in recent weeks, leading the sophomore colt's connections to enter him in the April 8 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. On Friday, he laid down a final workout for the race, breezing a half in :48.75 under jockey Jose Ortiz, according to drf.com.

“I thought this morning was probably the most impressive breeze I've seen from him this winter,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “It seemed like he was into the bridle, doing it easily, galloped out well, was moving well, too. You could see him idle a little bit, prick his ears when he started to ease away from his workmate. That's one of the things we noticed in his races, too; when he makes the lead, he tends to idle a little bit.”

Tapwrit, a gray son of Tapit, will have to face a deep field of fellow Derby contenders in the Blue Grass, but with the 50 points he earned in the Tampa Bay Derby, Tapwrit does not have to win in order to be eligible to enter the Kentucky Derby starting gate. Other colts considered probable are the undefeated McCraken and dual Grade 1 winner Practical Joke, as well as J Boys Echo, Irap, It's Your Nickel and Wild Shot.

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