Principe Guilherme (Tapit) stamped himself as one to watch with an impressive debut victory beneath the Twin Spires Friday afternoon, good for ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors.
The 7-1 chance was hustled from his outside draw by Ricardo Santana Jr. after breaking a bit tardy to lead through an opening quarter in :23.37. He had company on the far turn following a half mile in :47.18, but began to let it out a notch. The bay found another gear from there, and despite remaining on his left lead down the entire stretch, rolled home by a visually impressive 6 1/4 lengths. Mustang Cat (Tale of the Cat) was second.
The winner is the first foal out of 2013 GI Humana Distaff S. heroine Aubby K, a $2.4-million FTKNOV purchase by Summer Wind Farm in 2015. Aubby K, a half-sister to GSP Flying Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) and Mythical Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus), had a colt by Tapit in 2016 and a filly by Medaglia d’Oro in 2017. She was bred back to Empire Maker.
7th-CD, $60,560, Msw, 11-10, 2yo, 7f, 1:24.07, ft.
PRINCIPE GUILHERME, c, 2, Tapit
1st Dam: Aubby K (GISW, $435,004), by Street Sense
2nd Dam: Lilly Capote, by Capote
3rd Dam: London Lil, by London Company
Sales history: $600,000 Wlg ’15 FTKNOV. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart, free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.