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Tapit Works on Press Day at Tapeta

Date: 04/21/2004

Tapeta logoen days before the 130th Kentucky Derby was press day for Tapit at Michael Dickinson's TapetaTM Farm at North East, Maryland. The top of the race schedule board said it all.

Tapeta schedule board

Dickinson said that the gray 3 year-old son of Pulpit was not 100% in his last race, the Wood Memorial, and that he was surprised that he won. "He came out of that race in good shape. It was a good race, but the time came up slow. We don't know what his best is yet." Tapit work on turf 21Apr04

Tapit's workout this day was a 5 furlong breeze on Tapeta's turf course, finishing uphill. He ran in company with stablemates Russian News, Humblest, and Jakeybabes. Tapit was timed in 1:00 3/5, and was blowing a bit when finished. Dickinson and jockey Ramon Dominguez were satisfied with the work. Dominguez said, "He started very easily and when I got clear, he picked them up easily. "He's feeling very good. You can tell. He was kicking and bucking."

Tapit scoped Tapit was scoped after the work. Dr. Kathleen Anderson, attending veterinarian based at Fair Hill, said that there was no sign of mucus. After the Florida Derby, Tapit was treated for lung infection.

As for Tapit's chances in the Kentucky Derby, Dickinson said that "we haven't seen him at his best. There is no standout for this year's race. Whoever wins is going to have to move up."

Tapit blue diamond Tapit's upcoming schedule for the Derby will be a 5 furlong work on the dirt on Monday, before vanning to Louisville on Tuesday, April 27th. There, Dickinson will gallop and paddock school him for three days before the first Saturday in May.

Photos and article ©2004 by Tom Sporney. Click the smaller photo to see a large version.

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