Trappe Shot

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot

Trappe Shot

Trappe Shot is at the vanguard of the Tapit movement. He’s just the third son of leading sire Tapit at stud to have foals age 3 or older, and so far, so good. In his first crop, Trappe Shot will be represented by a Kentucky Derby starter in My Man Sam.

Trappe Shot's first foal born in Pennsylvania

Grade 2 winner Trappe Shot was represented by his first foal on Jan. 15, a colt born at Blackstone Farm near Pine Grove, Pa.

The colt is out of the stakes-placed Broken Vow mare Return the Jewel. It is the family of Canadian champion Silken Cat and Grade 1 winner Mani Bhavan.

Trappe Shot scored his biggest career victory in the Grade 2 True North Handicap in 2011 at Belmont Park. The 6-year-old Tapit horse, who is also twice Grade 1 placed, retired with six wins from 12 starts for earnings of $703,884.

Crist & Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile preview

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Breeders' Cup: Trappe Shot, The Factor top competitive Dirt Mile field

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four horses are stretching out in distance. Four horses are cutting back. The only member of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile field who last ran at the distance was beaten 11 lengths.

Such is the dilemma facing handicappers when trying to come up with the winner of the $1 million Dirt Mile, which despite a boatload of defections – both expected and unexpected – came up an extremely competitive race. As it is run at Churchill Downs, the Dirt Mile is a one-turn race.

2011 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile handicapping preview

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Breeders' Cup: Trappe Shot added to Sprint pre-entries

Barbara D. Livingston
Trappe Shot was inadvertently left off the Breeders’ Cup Sprint pre-entry list.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - And then there were twelve.

There were only 11 names on the list when pre-entries for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint were released late Wednesday morning, but that list grew to an even dozen less than two hours later after it was discovered that Trappe Shot’s name was omitted from the potential field due to a clerical error made by the Breeders’ Cup.

Belmont Park: Trappe Shot impresses in work with Rattlesnake Bridge

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Trappe Shot will most likely make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

ELMONT, N.Y. – On a morning when 10 potential Breeders’ Cup horses worked at Belmont Park, none looked any better than Trappe Shot, who most likely will start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

Though Trappe Shot has been pre-entered in both the Dirt Mile and the Sprint, McLaughlin said the Mile is the first preference. Part of his reasoning is that post position could come into play more in the Sprint than the Mile.

Belmont Park: Trappe Shot in good spot outside the speed in Vosburgh Invitational

Barbara D. Livingston
Trappe Shot will start from post 8 in the nine-horse field entered for Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Kiaran McLaughlin was the only trainer present at Thursday’s traditional post position draw for Saturday’s 11-race program at Belmont Park. He let out an audible “yeah” when his 4-year-old colt Trappe Shot drew post 8 in the nine-horse field entered for the Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational.

In a six-furlong race loaded with speed, McLaughlin wanted Trappe Shot, who has a history of breaking slow and who runs from just off the pace, outside of the front-runners.

Saratoga: Trappe Shot works; next start undecided

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Trappe Shot works four furlongs in 49.72 seconds Thursday morning over the main track at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trappe Shot, the beaten favorite in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap here Aug. 7, worked four furlongs in 49.72 seconds Thursday morning over the main track. He went in fractions of 12.84, 25.04, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.61.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin moved the work up by two days to avoid the wet weather. Showers turned the main track sloppy by the middle of Thursday’s card.

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