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Coup de Grace still perfect after GP allowance score

Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Tapit
Tapit's list of prominent juveniles continued to grow on Sunday as Coup de Grace ran his record to 2-for-2 after a sharp-looking one-length score in a one-mile allowance contest at Gulfstream Park.

Tapit's impressive list of current 2-year-olds includes 18 winners, five stakes horses, led by the graded stakes-winning duo of Tapiture (Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club S.) and Untapable (Grade 2 Pocahontas S.).

Coupe de Grace overcame a dueling three-wide trip in the one-turn affair, getting the half-mile in :46.23 before wrapping up the distance in 1:36.76 over the fast track, good for a Beyer Speed Figure of 84, nearly identical to his debut maiden win Nov. 9 at Aqueduct.

“He’s a very professional horse. I liked the way he did it,” winning rider Javier Castellano said. “He’s a very straightforward horse. He broke well out of the gate and he felt so sharp today. He wanted to run. I let him see a target in the beginning and he rated pretty good, very kind. Turning for home, sometimes with young horses they look around a little bit but as soon as the horse came to him on the outside, he was focused. He just took off. He has a lot of talent, and we’re looking forward to what’s next.”

Trainer Chad Brown said he will consider the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan. 25, run at 1 1/16 miles, for Coup de Grace's next start.

Fox Hill Farms acquired the chestnut Kentucky-bred colt for $300,000 out of the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Coup de Grace is out of the Grade 3 placed mare Home Court, who is out of the 1996 champion mare Jewel Princess, a nine-time graded stakes winner of $1.9 million.