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Tapit's Lake Dancer waltzes home in debut at Churchill

Friday, May 25, 2012 | Tapit
Lake Dancer had an eventful first outing by came home powerfully to register a two-length victory in her career debut May 25 at Churchill Downs (VIDEO). The 2-year-old Tapit filly is the first juvenile winner of the year for her sire. She was a $170,000 yearling purchase last October at the Fasig-Tipton Flying Zee dispersal sale.

Going five furlongs on a very warm Friday afternoon, Lake Dancer broke well but shuffled back and was fifth going into the turn. Seemingly discontent with getting dirt kicked in her face, Shaun Bridgmohan swung several paths off the rail as the field neared the top of the stretch. The gray/roan filly kicked into gear outside the eighth pole to stride past the leaders. Bridgmohan hand rode her to the wire to stop the clock in :59.60 on a fast track.

Lake Dancer was bred in New York by Nustar Breeding LLC. She is now owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse, who signed the ticket at last year's auction. The filly is out of two-time stakes winner Comacina and comes from the same family as champion and $3 million earner Victory Gallop.

Tapit is once again in the top 10 on the General Sire List, with $2.8 million in progeny earnings. His stakes winners this year range in age from three to six, on both turf and dirt, at distances from six furlongs to 8 1/2-panels.