Grade 1 winner Tapit Trice adds to trainer Todd Pletcher’s strong hand and arrives off a seventh in the Kentucky Derby. Owned by Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway Stable, Tapit Trice is one of two entrants sired by the influential Tapit, who has produced four Belmont Stakes winners.
Four weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby, Tapit Trice was a hard-fought winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass on April 8 at Keeneland where he battled with Grade 1-placed Verifying down the stretch to win by a neck. The triumphant Grade 1 debut came six weeks following a victorious graded stakes debut in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, where he launched a furious bid late to go from eighth-to-first in the stretch run.
A four-time winner over as many racetracks, Tapit Trice broke his maiden in November going a one-turn mile at Aqueduct before defeating winners by eight lengths in his sophomore debut on February 4 at Gulfstream Park en route to his graded stakes scores.