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Tapits run 1-2 in $200K West Virginia Governor's S.

Saturday, August 04, 2012 | Tapit

Tapizar and Headache made it a Tapit exacta Aug. 4 in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's S. [VIDEO] at Mountaineer Park, with Tapizar controlling the pace on the front end to win by 4 1/2-lengths, while Headache came from last to grab the runner-up spot.

Already a top-five sire going into Saturday's races, Tapit now has more than $4.9 million in progeny earnings this year. Tapizar is one of four multiple stakes winners this year for his sire.

Four-year-old Tapizar, a Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, hadn't raced since finishing second to Alternation in the Grade 3 Razorback H. March 10.  On the muscle right away, the bay colt led much of the way in the West Virginia Governor's. He was headed briefly by Seruni about a quarter-mile from the wire, but quickly regained the edge to draw clear in the stretch. He finished the 1 1/16-miles in a time of 1:42.57 over the fast main track.

Tapizar pushed his career mark to 12-5-1-1, earning $424,632. His previous stakes wins came in the Grade 3 Sham S. in January 2011 and in the Grade 2 San Fernando S. this past January 14.