Tapit Trice ensures racing returns in Blame Stakes

Class 1 winner Tapit Trice returns to racing action on June 1, taking on 10 competitors in the $275,000 Blame Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downsa local prep for the $1 million Stephen Foster Stakes (G1) on June 29.

Tapit Trice quickly rose through the ranks of three-year-olds in 2023 with victories in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Blue Grass Stakes (G1), before wrestling the division’s best for the rest of his season. After finishing seventh as second choice in the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Tap it colt would finish third in both the Belmont Stakes (G1) and the Travers Stakes (G1).

Todd Pletcher’s intern takes time off from the Travers and reemerges for his four-year-old’s unveiling after a nine-month layoff. Tapit Trice, a $1.3 million purchase at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, has nearly recouped his purchase price, earning $1,213,650 for owners Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway Stable.

Pletcher also sends to the gate Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables’ grade 1 placed Dreamy . The 4-year-old turned 4 on April 19 Rifle runner colt returned from his five-month layoff after an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park with neck loss Cagliostro bee Keeneland in a 1 1/16 mile race.

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Victory on Cagliostro’s debut as a four-year-old was his first since breaking his first youth fifteen months earlier, but hopes have always been high for the son of Upstart who picked up a few graded placements in the summer.

In the Blame Stakes, Cagliostro will make his first start in the Wathnan Racing side but will remain under the care of trainer Cherie DeVaux.

Also in the Field

  • Brad Cox and Godolphin are looking for some action Highland waterfalls a developing, home-bred son of Curly who finished fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and second in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) in his last two starts.
  • Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1)-winning trainer Kenny McPeek will look to keep his warm water racing going as he saddles the RT Racing Stable’s Frosted departure who has won each of his last two starts, both of which came at 1 1/16 miles.
  • Winner of BBN Racing’s Clark Stakes (G2). Trademark looks to be getting back on track after a disappointing 10th place in the January 27 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Gulfstream Park and a seventh in his return on a sloppy Churchill Downs track in the Alysheba Stakes (G2) on May 3.

The Blame is race 10 with a post time of 5:27 PM ET.

Submissions: Blame S. (G3)

Churchill Downs, Saturday June 1, 2024, race 10

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/8m
  • Soil
  • $275,000
  • 4 years and older
  • 5:27 PM (local)

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