08/03/2013 5:54PM

Mountaineer: Taptowne survives inquiry to capture West Virginia Govenor's Stakes

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Taptowne, ridden by Calvin Borel, scores as the favorite in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Stakes.

CHESTER, W.Va. – Calvin Borel got a head start on an unforgettable week when he guided Taptowne to a two-length victory Saturday in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes, the richest undercard event on the all-stakes West Virginia Derby card at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Taptowne, a gray 5-year-old based at Churchill Downs with trainer Tim Glyshaw, returned $4.40 as favorite in a field of five older horses after finishing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.90 over a fast track. He survived a stewards’ inquiry called after the front-runner and eventual runner-up, Whatthecatdrugin, clipped heels when bearing out behind the winner leaving the quarter pole.

Borel was scheduled to drive Sunday from Mountaineer to Saratoga, where on Friday he will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

Taptowne, bred and owned by Clovertowne Farm, now has won 6 of 26 starts.

Mordi’s Miracle, the second wagering choice for Rosie Napravnik and Todd Pletcher, ran evenly when finishing third.

In other Saturday stakes:

$100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup: Global Power ($8.40), stretching out from a sprint, went to the front and just kept widening in the program finale at a mile and 70 yards on the turf. Scott Spieth was aboard for trainer Jeff Radosevich.Derby Kitten, the 5-2 favorite, was up late to be second in the field of nine older horses.

$100,000 Sen. Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes: Jasizzle and jockey Robby Albarado dominated from the start, but after an inquiry and jockey’s objection, were disqualified for interference at the start, giving the West Virginia-bred standout Russell Road ($3.40) his 26th victory, and 20th in a stakes, from just 44 career starts.

Jasizzle, the 8-5 second choice, veered sharply inward at the break, impeding Russell Road and jockey Jose Montano. Russell Road gave closest chase throughout when finishing 7 3/4 lengths in arrears. Rummy’s Command was a distant third and unaffected by the early chaos.



michael More than 1 year ago
This horse needed to come down. So obvious, except to the three blind mice.
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
I agree Taptowne should have been taken down. If Borel was on the 2 horse... he would have went after the winner after the race. Lucky to see Garcia stay on.
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
Taptowne's actions easily had more bearing on the outcome of the race than the actions of Jasizzle in the Byrd Memorial, who WAS taken down
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
During the running of the race, right after the incident occurred, I thought that Taptowne may come down. After the Inquiry sign went up & the replay was shown 2 times I was certain he'd come down & was shocked to hear the stewards' verdict. I've watched replays several times since and am even more convinced they made the wrong call.
Luis Chiari More than 1 year ago
Way to go Clavin, you deserve all the success life can offer. "Good man, good hands".
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
Who's that? Cliff Clavin from "Cheers"?
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Absurd ruling...
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
hear hear
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how Taptown doesn't come down. He came over on him and caused him to almost unseat the rider. Whatthecatdrugin was making up ground again late. Did he come out and was Calvin clear?
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
You saw exactly what I saw. Taptowne crossed from the 2 path directly in front of Whatthecatdrugin with no room to spare causing the incident, and, yes, Whatthecatdrugin was making up ground again late