Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Tapit filly Teardrop rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory in her Thursday debut at Churchill Downs despite a slow break and a very wide trip that actually showed her cover 40 more feet than any of her six foes.
The leggy 2-year-old gray, trained by Steve Asmussen, was away some three lengths behind the field from post seven. With the short run into the turn of the five furlong sprint, Teardrop was very wide going around the bend, with her head turned inwards as Rosie Napravnik tried to keep her mount on her business.
Despite the trip, Teardrop was gaining ground with every stride, and once she straightened for home she was all business, pulling away powerfully to romp home an easy winner in :58.40 seconds. The extra 40 feet, as record by Trakus, equals approximately an additional five lengths, making her trip all the more noteworthy.
Teardrop is out of Wild Vision, who won her only start for the same connections. She is a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Wild Wonder and half-sister to nine-time stakes winner Acrylic.
Wild Vision has been an excellent producer as well. Prior to Teardrop, her foals include Pyro, a $1.6 million earner with wins in the Forego S. (G1), Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star S. (G2); War Echo (also by Tapit), winner of the Grade 3 Silverbulletday S.; and two-time stakes winner Longview Drive.
Tapit currently ranks sixth on the 2013 General Sire list, with $3,436,629 in progeny earnings. His four graded stakes winners is third-best among all sires this year.
Update! Gainesway will consign to Keeneland Sept., on behalf of Winchell Thbds., the Dynaformer Half-Brother to this filly.