LONGSHOT TAP BACK DOMINANT IN TAKING $200,000 GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE BY SIX LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY BONDE, COLT BY EINSTEIN GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:24.98
SPONSORED BY THE CTBA, RACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2019)–In a direct affront to his 14-1 odds, Richard Barton’s homebred Tap Back was in command throughout today’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita, powering to a six length win under Victor Espinoza. Trained by Jeff Bonde, Tap Back got seven furlongs in 1:24.98.
Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Juvenile is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, available to eligible California-bred or sired horses.
Breaking from post position three, Tap Back, a 2-year-old colt by Einstein, out of the Tapit mare Tap Tap Ur It, went to the front out of the gate, opened up on eventual runner-up Cali Dude by 2 ½ lengths at the quarter pole and was in a race of his own late.
A first-out Cal-bred maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs three starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 16, Tap Back was most recently a well beaten fourth in the restricted Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 21 and paid $30.00, $13.80 and $9.40 among a field of 11 today.
Bred by Adena Springs and Richard Barton Enterprises, Tap Back now has two wins from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $160,475.
Off as the 3-1 favorite, Cali Dude kept to his task through the drive and was second by a half length over longshot Papster. Off at 3-1 with Ruben Fuentes, Cali Dude paid $5.20 and $4.20.
Off at 44-1 with Tyler Baze, Papster paid $13.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.13, 44.98 and 1:10.75.