With Joshua Navarro aboard, the 3-year-old son Toccet out dueled the 6-to-5 favorite J W Blue, with Joseph Rocco Jr. aboard, in the stretch before winning by a head. I’m Steppin’ It Up, with Rosie Napravnik, cut early fractions of :48.39 for the half mile and 1:12.64 for three-quarters mile before fading to third 5-lengths behind the winner.
Tempted to Tapit scores easy victory in comeback race
In his first race back since finishing third in the Grade III Sunland Derby in March of last year, Gainesway Stable’s Tempted to Tapit posted a 1 ¾-length victory in a $41,000 allowance at Delaware Park today. With David Cohen aboard the 4-year-old son of Tapit cut early fractions of :48.45 for a half mile and 1:12.02 for the three-quarter miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.50 over a fast main track. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Steve Klesaris returned $3.40 as the favorite in the field of seven.
“I thought he performed very professionally,” said trainer Steve Klesaris. “He did everything terrific. It is too early to tell where we may run him next. We just want to see how he bounces out of this one and we will go from there. He is a lightly raced horse and he has been off a long time, so we do not want to rush into anything quickly. I think he has all of the raw talent to be a pretty good older horse, so I am pretty excited about his future.”
On February 20. 2010, Tempted to Tapit finished second in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. He has a career record of two wins from seven starts with earnings of $223,940.
Another DelPark maiden winner takes a Classic
Add George and Lori Hall’s Ruler On Ice, the recent winner of the Belmont Stakes, to the names of horses who have broken their maiden at Delaware Park and followed with classic victories. Last year, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Kelly Breen notched a head victory in a six furlong maiden at Delaware Park on October 4. Other horses who have recently broken their maiden at Delaware Park and followed with Graded victories include: Barbaro, Afleet Alex, Eight Belles, Havre de Grace, Hard Spun, Bellamy Road, Tapit, Proud Spell, Forever Together, High Limit Friesan Fire, Miss Shop, Old Fashioned, Sky Diva, Miraculous Miss, Scrappy T, Booklet, Manibhavan, Cool Coal Man, R Heat Lightning, and Joyful Victory.
Also on the undercard of the Belmont Stakes, Bim Bam, conditioned by Delaware Park based trainer Ron Moquett, ran second in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.