Breeders' Cup Champion Tapitsfly lived up to her name, flying solo on the lead the entire way, to earn victory in the $500,000 Longines Just a Game S. (G1) (VIDEO
) on June 9 at Belmont Park.
The gray/roan daughter of Tapit not only became her sire's eighth career Grade 1 winner and fifth millionaire, but set a new stakes record of 1:32.34 in the process.
A homebred racing for Frank Jones, Tapitsfly has now earned $1,253,836, with wins or placings in 11 major stakes across North America.
In the Just a Game, Tapitsfly went right to the front from her inside post position, and set solid fractions under Ramon Dominguez. Turning for home with a two-length advantage, Tapitsfly set sail for the wire with a "catch me if you can" attitude. None of her six rivals could match strides with Tapitsfly in the closing yards, and with a final 1/4 mile of :22.86, she stopped the teletimer in new stakes record time for the mile event.
"A mile is her best distance," trainer Dale Romans told the media afterward. "She's proven that several times...She likes to run and she's just so sound and does things so right. She wants to win. She's competitive." Romans also paid tribute to the filly's owner. "Frank Jones, my father trained for him when I was born, so it's always good to win for him. Plus, I bought her mother for him as a race filly. It's been good. She's like a member of the family."
Tapit is America's Leading Sire by worldwide earnings this year, with seven stakes winners and more than $5,400,00 in progeny earnings. Tapit was booked full this season at a fee of $125,000.