04/15/2014 3:57PM

Santana to ride Tapiture if horse goes in Kentucky Derby

Tom Keyser
Tapiture, shown training at Oaklawn Park last Thursday, finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby last Saturday.

Ricardo Santana Jr. will have the mount on Tapiture if he runs in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen said Tuesday.

Asmussen said he wants to see how Tapiture trains in the next two weeks before committing to the race but added that if Tapiture runs, Santana rides.

"He was fourth on Saturday," Asmussen said, referring to the Arkansas Derby, "which was disappointing. He arrived safely at Churchill Downs, is scheduled to gallop tomorrow, and is scheduled to breeze on Monday."

Santana rode Tapiture to victories in last year’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs and this year’s Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. After a second-place finish in the Rebel Stakes, Santana was replaced by Joel Rosario for the Arkansas Derby.

Rosario on Tuesday chose to ride General a Rod in the Derby.


Roger Layman More than 1 year ago
I have a Vegas futures on Tapiture that I bet in February. Followed him at OP all season. Don't understand why the jock was switched. I still believe he has a good shot in the Derby.
Walter More than 1 year ago
My bet is Tapiture won't run in the Derby. All the scrutiny Assussen will receive during derby week will not be worth it for him. Does anyone remember that Baffert didn't have a derby runner last year? It was on the heels of the CHRB investigation of his 7 horses dying from heart attacks in early 2013. That was no coincidence.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised that Tapiture didn't close stoutly like he usually does. Did Rosario do something different? Who knows for sure... - RAMMER
Joey W More than 1 year ago
Sure I am in the few. But I think Tapiture ran a sneaky good race considering the ride he got.
ReyLú Gutierrez More than 1 year ago
If you really watch santana ride, he's one of the best young riders in quite a while. he can change his whip quickly, and he has really nice hands. I'll say Santana and Saez are the top two young riders in the states right now. My father is a trainer, and i'm a college kid who is also an exercise rider, santana can get the job done
LDL More than 1 year ago
Karma can be a #%!*^ for dumping a Jock who has ridden a Horse well to victory's for a quote un quote better jock who in turn takes a horse wide on the first turn from the 3 hole after he didn't hustle him some to get him involved ...moves to late at 7 wide then hangs down the lane...Bad Ride.....one reason ya gotta like Doug Oneil and his owners..they stay with riders who get them to the dance
Michael McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Just like years ago when they tried to replace Jeremy Rose with JV on Afleet Alex and AA ran a clunker. They switched back to Rose for the remainder of AA's races which was a great choice. I'll never forget the Preakness when AA went to his nose after Galloping Grocer veered outbon the far turn. I still don't know how Rose stayed on or how AA wound up winning, especially by that margin. Amazing.
Steven Rolf More than 1 year ago
it was scrappy t that alex ran into
Collette Stewart More than 1 year ago
Good luck, Steve, with Tapature in the Derby. I hope he bounces back to his old self.
MARK More than 1 year ago
Why was Santana taken off in the first place.Rosario held him back then decides to race him wide on the first turn.I know he`s young but let him run his race.VERY POLLITICAL.
John Burton More than 1 year ago
TAPITURE will bounce back in the derby just like a lot of past derby winners who regressed in their last race before the derby!
Sam Sung More than 1 year ago
did not understand why he even chose to run Tapiture. He should have just trained up to the derby, stupid move.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
yes. everyone knows it is best to train your horse up to the Derby on 7 weeks rest after racing 1 1/16 in your longest race and final Derby prep.
Peter Northcott More than 1 year ago