=== Tapizar garners Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile ===
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Longshot Tapizar, ridden by Corey Nakatani,
took the lead at the top of the stretch on his way to winning Saturday's
$1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park.
Shackleford, last year's runner-up, was the co-favorite at 5-2 with Emcee in
the nine-horse field. The 4-year-old colt stumbled badly at the start as Emcee
and jockey Alan Garcia set the pace.
Tapizar was racing just behind Emcee with Jersey Town near the lead and
Shackleford moving forward on the outside. Around the final turn, Emcee had
the lead on the inside with 15-1 Tapizar second to his outside and Shackleford
Coming out of the turn, Tapizar surged to the lead and went on to post a 2
1/4-length win over the late running Rail Trip. Delegation finished third
followed by John Scott in fourth.
Tapizar stopped the timer at 1:35.34.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar notched his sixth win in 14 career starts
and picks up $540,000. Fifth in last year's Dirt Mile, the colt has lifetime
earnings of $972,632 for owner Winchell Thoroughbreds.
The win is Nakatani's 10th Breeders' Cup victory.
Tapizar returned $32.60, $13.60 and $8.20. Rail Trip paid $8.40 and $5.80, and
Delegation paid $8.20 to show.
11/03 16:35:28 ET