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Tapit's Trappe Shot rolls in G2 True North

Saturday, June 11, 2011 |
Trappe Shot splashes to victory in the True North H.
Photo by Adam Coglianese

Tapit's 4-year-old colt Trappe Shot sailed to an 8 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 True North H. June 11 at Belmont Park, leaving his five foes to battle it out for the minor rewards on  a muddy track. Trappe Shot remained undefeated in 2011; he previously won the Waldoboro S. a month ago, also at Belmont.

The off track at Belmont had been kind to front runners all day, and Trappe Shot took over the top spot about a quarter mile from the finish. Once he hit the top spot, the chestnut colt widened with ease, cruising down the lane in a hand ride to complete the six furlongs 1:08.86.

“This has just worked out well this year so far. [Jockey John Velazquez] rode him great, and today was the first time he broke well. He loves Belmont,” said winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, referring to the colt's perfect 3-for-3 record on the New York oval.

“He’s a very fast horse and we’ll probably keep him to a mile or under,” McLaughlin added.

“It was a perfect trip,” said Velazquez. “He broke well enough and got good position. When I squeezed him around the quarter-pole, he responded.”

The True North was the first graded stakes win for Trappe Shot, who won last year's $167,000 Long Branch S. and also was second in the Grade 1 Haskell I., also at Monmouth. The victory raised his record to 6-1-0 in nine starts, with earnings of $576,384 for owner Mill House.

Tapit now has five graded stakes winners in 2011, tops among all stallions for the year. He has also been in the top 2 spots on the General Sire List in terms of earnings for much of the year, and could once again take the top spot once Saturday's results are tabulated.