The very first time Aron Wellman, President of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, laid eyes on the gray son of Tapit at the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, he was “smitten” with the colt, according to thoroughbredracing.com.
“This colt was a standout,” Wellman said. “He had so much substance, depth and scope to him. He had good bones that could support a hefty frame. He walked with an incredible amount of power, yet was graceful on his feet for a heavier horse.”
Out of a Grade 1-winning mare, Wellman knew that the yearling was destined to bring far more than his relatively modest Eclipse budget could afford. A chance encounter on the sidewalk with George Isaacs, general manager of John Malone's Bridlewood Farm, and farm trainer Jonathan Thomas began the discussion of a partnership. Together, Wellman and Isaacs decided to try to bring in Robert LaPenta as a third partner, and landed the colt they would name Tapwrit for a final bid of $1.2 million.
Now, with the Tampa Bay Derby victory under their belt, the Eclipse/Bridlewood/LaPenta partnership is on its way to the Blue Grass Stakes with trainer Todd Pletcher at the helm. It will be the final stepping stone before Tapwrit takes on the Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in May.
“I won't say it's not fair the heat Todd gets for his Derby record, but he's won the Derby and he's also run well in it,” Wellman said. “There are so many circumstance and variables that go into how and why he has the record he does, but I can tell you he has lot of happy owners who have won massive amounts of money on the Triple Crown trail with him, and he's established stallions and gotten their horses to the Big Dance.”
Read more at thoroughbredracing.com.
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