Tapizar Favoritism Boosted
Tapizar, who will be a heavy favorite in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis, definitely won't have to worry about grade I winner Comma to the Top, who was entered in both the Lewis and the Grade III El Camino Real Derby up at Golden Gate. Comma to the Top is "100 percent” to run up north, trainer Peter Miller confirmed today.
As for Tapizar (Looking Good), and this could be no coincidence, “He’s doing good and we’re excited about running him,” said trainer Steve Asmussen today. “We’re thrilled the way he won the Sham. We’ve been very fortunate. The weather’s stayed good, and we like the rhythm we’ve established with the horse.”
Tapizar, a bay son of Tapit owned and bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, won the Grade III Sham by 4 1/4 lengths in his Santa Anita debut. He was the 11-10 favorite that day. He broke his maiden by 10 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs in his previous start going 1 1/16 mile on Nov. 27. A victory Saturday would move him toward the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9.
The Lewis is part of the Preakness 5.5 Bonus program, which also includes the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, to be run on March 12, and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9. The owner of any horse that wins the Lewis, San Felipe, Santa Anita Derby and then the Preakness Stakes on May 21, would win a bonus of $5.5 million, with $5 million going to the owner and $500,000 to the winning trainer.
--Edited from track release with additional content by Dick Downey