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Dominating performance in G2 San Fernando S. for Tapizar


Saturday, January 14, 2012 |

Tapizar powers to victory in the San Fernando S.
Tapizar drew away to an easy 3 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 San Fernando S. (G2) [watch race] Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park to give the 4-year-old Tapit colt his second career stakes victory. His first added money win came 364 days ago in the Grade 3 Sham S., also at Santa Anita.

Tapizar, a Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, was ridden to victory by Corey Nakatani. The big chestnut colt was in command from the outset of the 1 1/16 mile San Fernando, keeping his foes at least a length and half at bay until the stretch, when he pulled away with plenty energy left in reserve. The final time on a fast track was 1:41.94.

“He’s a really big and muscular horse," Nakatani said. "He’s huge. When you get him in that high cruising speed he just seems to do it so easy. (Winning trainer) Steve (Asmussen) and I just wanted to get him to relax and run his race, and that’s what he did. Forty six and change is cruising speed for him. He’s a horse that just has so much natural raw ability.”

With the victory, his fourth in nine lifetime starts, Tapizar boosted his career bankroll to $263,032.

The San Fernando is the first of a series of races for older males at the Santa Anita meet. Next up is the Strub S. (G2) Feb. 4, and then the meet's feature race, the Santa Anita H. (G1) March 3.

"Hopefully we'll have a lot to say about the rest of the meet," Asmussen said.