Tapizar Debutante Impresses for Pletcher at Gulfstream
4th-GP, $36,000, Msw, 6-4, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:10.72, sy.
+FIREFOOT (f, 3, Tapizar–Empty the Bases, by Grand Slam) overcame a slow start and some greenness in the stretch to graduate impressively first out at Gulfstream. Showing a strong, steady worktab at Palm Beach Downs, capped off by a five-furlong breeze there in 1:01 flat (1/12) May 28, the $240,000 Keeneland September pickup was sent off at 14-5 and broke several lengths slowly from her rail draw. Recovering to travel in the second flight, the bay poked a head into second passing a :22.53 quarter and angled into the clear to sweep to the lead at the five-sixteenths pole. Facing a menacing outside bid from Rainfall (Blame) turning for home, Firefoot dug in gamely despite running on her left lead until late, kicking clear once again to score by three lengths. The victress is a half to Bandbox (Tapit), GSW, $390,345. Firefoot is the first starter for Nexus Racing Club, the youth-aimed ownership group profiled in the TDN last month. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $21,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. O-StarLadies Racing & Nexus Racing Club; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.