Tapizar led virtually the whole way to beat four three-year-old rivals and take the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday.
With Garrett Gomez on board, Tapizar kicked away in mid-stretch to win by nearly four lengths in 1:40.38 for 1 1/16 miles.
Tapizar is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and was bred in Kentucky by the owner. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he's a son of Tapit out of the Deputy Minister mare, Winning Call.
Tapizar got a good start and rounding the clubhouse turn, sat just off Uncle Sam. Tapizar grabbed the lead by the backstretch and opened up a two-length advantage, setting fractions of 22.62, 45.25 and 1:08.83. Rounding the far turn, Clubhouse Ride took second and tried to cut into the lead at the top of the stretch but Gomez let Tapizar loose, and he shook clear. Clubhouse Ride held second, while Anthony's Cross took third.
The Sham was Tapizar's first graded stakes appearance in five career starts. In his last race, he broke his maiden November 27 at Churchill Downs by more than 10 lengths.
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