ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)–Breaking from post position two, Rattataptap was pressed early through fractions of 22.55, 45.36 and 57.19, but seemed to find another gear a furlong from home and went on to an authoritative 4 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Rattataptap bested five other 3-year-old fillies while negotiating six furlongs in 1:09.15.
“She was comfortable on the lead and no one tried to rush her, so it was perfect,” said Bejarano. “She feels like she has a very sensitive mouth, so I didn’t want to take a hold of her too much. I wanted to make sure we got a good break because in her last race when she didn’t, she had a terrible race.”
A grey daughter of Kentucky-based stallion Tapit, Rattataptap broke her maiden at first asking on Nov. 29 at Del Mar and was subsequently well beaten following a bad break in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 3. The second choice on Thursday at 9-5, Rattataptap paid $5.60, $2.80 and $2.40.
Owned by Mark DeDominico, LLC, Jerry Durant and Michael House, she notched her second win from three starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she more than doubled her earnings to $68,650.
Bet down late to the 6-5 favorite, Tall and Sweet pressed the winner early but fell back to fourth turning for home, re-rallied and finished a game second, a neck in front of All Star Bub. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Tall and Sweet paid $2.80 and $2.10.
Off at 8-1, All Star Bub was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and paid $2.40 to show.
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