04/02/2011 3:31PM

Tapitsfly wins her first race since 2009 Breeders' Cup

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Bob Coglianese
Tapitsfly scores a front-running win at Gulfstream Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Tapitsfly on Saturday recorded her first victory since winning the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by leading gate to wire under Julien Leparoux to win a $63,900 allowance race at Gulfstream Park by 2 1/4 lengths.

Galloping to the lead through an opening quarter of 24.09 seconds, Tapitsfly kept on cruising through a half-mile of 48.41 seconds, six furlongs in 1:11.96, a mile in 1:34.69 before covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.55. She returned $7.40 to win as the third choice in a field of six.

Bay to Bay, the second choice, got second by a nose over favorite Hibaayeb, who won last year’s Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita.

Tapitsfly, who missed her entire 3-year-old year due to various infirmities starting with a chip in an ankle, had run two previous times at this meet finishing last on Jan. 12 and second on Feb. 27.

"It’s good to have her back," trainer Dale Romans said. "It was a little frustrating the first couple of races not running up to her best. I guess it took her more time than I expected to get her 100-percent fit."

When he saw the field, Romans said he told owner/breeder Frank Jones Jr. that "the winner of this race is going to win a graded stakes."

Tapitsfly may make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Churchill Downs Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day (May 7).
Tapitsfly, a daughter of Tapit, is now 4 for 10 in her career.