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Tapiture - 2014 Kentucky Derby Preview & Predictions

Posted on 30 April 2014 by Mike

Just a few days before this years run for the roses and today we continue our Kentucky Derby 2014 horse by horse preview by looking at the #15 Tapiture.  

With one first and one second in three starts this year, Tapiture is nonetheless among those who might have difficulties with the distance of the one and one-fourth track at Churchill Downs on Saturday. However, trainer Steve Asmussen claims that he was highly impressed with the colt's recent performance on a muddy track on Monday, so perhaps Tapiture could pull off a surprise win on Saturday if the weather turns bad. The forecast calls for a sunny, warm day, though, so it isn't likely that Tapiture will be basking in the winner's circle that day.

The colt's poor showing in the recent Arkansas Derby is another reason why a Kentucky Derby win is probably not in the picture for Tapiture. Nonetheless, trainer Steve Asmussen retains a positive outlook and is hoping that the colt will provide him with his first Kentucky Derby win.


Make sure you check out rest of our 2014 Kentucky Derby Preview & Predictions Articles.

Sire Tapit of Gainsway Farm was the leading United States sire in terms of the earnings of his progeny. Dam Free Spin's racing career involved three wins in six starts and two third place showings. Overall, Tapiture's pedigree is respectably solid, but that probably won't be enough to propel him across the finish line at the head of the pack. Stamina doesn't seem to be among this colt's attributes, and although he's shown some impressive speeds during practice runs, there are several other contenders who are faster. 

Tapiture Race History

Date Track Race Finish Chart Distance Time BSF Video
4/12/14 OP Arkansas Derby 4th 1 1/8 mile 1:49.68 102 Video
3/15/14 OP Rebel 2nd 1 1/16 mile 1:43.90 100 Video
2/17/14 OP Southwest Stakes 1st 1 1/16 mile 1:44.80 98 Video
11/30/13 CD Kentucky Jockey Club 1st 1 1/16 mile 1:43.51 83 Video
10/27/13 CD Maiden 3rd 1 mile 1:37.43 78 N/A
9/7/13 CD Iroquois 3rd 1 1/16 mile 1:45.63 63 Video


Looking at the pedigree you would think Tapiture could be monster in the Kentucky Derby as Tap It and Pulpit scream 1 1/4 mile distance. Problem is that Taptiture was disappointing 4th in Arkansas Derby and it looked like the distance was the reason. Have to bet against Tapiture at the top spot but will include in exacta and trifectas as this colt does seem to like Churchill. 

Fair win betting value for Tapiture is 18-1 or greater. 


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