Saturday, Belmont Park
LONGINES JUST A GAME S.-GI
, $500,000, BEL, 6-9, 3yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 1:32 1/5 (NSR), fm.
1--sTAPITSFLY, 120, m, 5, by Tapit 1st Dam: Flying Marlin, by Marlin
2nd Dam: Morning Dove, by Fortunate Prospect
3rd Dam: Pink Dove, by Argument (Fr)
O/B-Frank L Jones Jr (KY); T-Dale L Romans; J-Ramon A Dominguez; $300,000. Lifetime Record: 21-6-6-4, $1,253,836. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 120, f, 4, El Prado (Ire)
--Memories of Silver, by Silver Hawk. O/B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY); T-James J Toner; $100,000.
, 120, f, 4, More Than Ready
--Flying Passage, by A.P. Indy. O/B-Emory A Hamilton (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; $50,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1 3/4, 3 1/4. Odds: 3.20, 1.15, 3.70.
Also Ran: Up In Time (GB), Sylvestris (Ire), Wallis (GB), Dancinginherdreams.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner of 2009, Tapitsfly missed her entire 3-year-old season and found the winner's circle just once in nine starts in 2011. Third beaten a head in the GIII Marshuas River S. at Gulfstream Jan. 7, the homebred was along late to register a half-length victory in the GII Honey Fox S. Mar. 18. She tried in vain to make a run from midfield in a paceless renewal of the GI Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland Apr. 14 and could do no better than third and she was exiting a runner-up effort to Hungry Island in the GII Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 5 in which she led into the final furlong before succumbing by a length. She was entered for last Saturday's GIII Mint Julep S. at Churchill, and the choice to scratch out of there proved a wise one. Using the inside draw to his advantage and capitalizing on a dearth of speed, Ramon Dominguez sent Tapitsfly to the front and covered the opening half-mile in a solid :46.44. She threw in a third quarter mile in :23.04, still holding firm to a two-length advantage, and went her final two panels in :22.86 to seal the deal. Winter Memories was kept in the clear, but couldn't outkick the winner and settled for second. "A mile is her best distance," said winning trainer Dale Romans in the midst of a career year. "She's proven that several times. We'll look around the country, but most likely Saratoga [for her next start]. She likes to run and she's just so sound and does things so right. She wants to win. She's competitive." He added, "Frank Jones, my father trained for him when I was born, so it's always good to win for him. Plus I bought her mother for him as a race filly. It's been good. She's like a member of the family."