Winchell Thoroughbred's Tap Daddy make quick work of an off-the-turf edition of the James W. Murphy Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, kicking off the stakes action on the Preakness undercard. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy went straight to the lead and splashed home a 6 1/2-length winner, completing 1 1/16 miles over the sloppy course in 1:43.67. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Tap Daddy was sent to the post as the 9-5 favorite. Jockey Ricardo Santana rode the colt to his third stakes victory of the weekend.
Tap Daddy took the lead at the start, clicking off fractions of :23.52 and :47.26 over the main track. Challenged by California Night at the head of the lane, Tap Daddy easily repelled that rival and flew home a 6 1/2-length winner. Threes Over Deuces held second over Takedown at the rail, and California Night faded to fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Tap Daddy is out of the Tapit mare Easy Tap. The colt broke his maiden in his second start, then earned a graded stakes placing next out. He had finished off the board in both of his 2018 efforts, but Tap Daddy's win in the Murphy brings his career record to three wins from seven starts and earnings of over $240,000.
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