HOT SPRINGS, Ark. &ndash; When last seen at Oaklawn Park, Taptam was being overtaken in the late stages of a stakes. But her second-place finish was hardly a disgrace. Taptam was run down in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom by Zenyatta, the mare who by year&rsquo;s end would be crowned Horse of the Year.\r\nTaptam won&rsquo;t have to deal with that one Saturday in the $100,000 Bayakoa, but she does face a strong cast of fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile race that serves as a stepping-stone to this year&rsquo;s Apple Blossom. Satans Quick Chick, winner of the $75,000 Pippin last month at Oakawn, has shipped back into town from Kentucky. Be Fair, who was third in last year&rsquo;s Apple Blossom, will be making her seasonal debut. And so will Seeking the Title, who was third in the Grade 1 Gazelle at Aqueduct in her last start Nov. 27.\r\nTaptam comes into the test in top form. She defeated males last month in the $100,000 Star of Texas at 1 1/16 miles at Sam Houston Race Park. It was her first start in four months, and during that period she had been offered at auction at Fasig-Tipton in November but did not sell with a high bid of $225,000.\r\n&ldquo;Conditioning-wise I was concerned, coming off the layoff and getting ready to go two turns,&rdquo; said Bret Calhoun, who trains Taptam for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. &ldquo;I was very happy with the effort. I thought she ran a monster race. She just took control early and dictated the race and just drew off.&rdquo;\r\nTaptam won by 4 1/4 lengths, to earn one of her best career Beyer Figures, a 92. She also has been flattered since the Texas-bred stakes, as the runner-up, Quiet Again, came back last weekend to win the $50,000 Curribot at Sunland Park.\r\nAs for Taptam, she had long been targeted for the Bayakoa, in part because of her record at Oaklawn. She is 3 for 7 over the local strip, among her wins last year&rsquo;s Pippin. Cliff Berry, who was aboard Taptam in the Star of Texas, has the mount Saturday.\r\n&ldquo;I thought it was a great comeback race last time and hopefully, she&rsquo;ll move forward off of that,&rdquo; said Calhoun.\r\nShe&rsquo;s All In will remove blinkers for the Bayakoa. She had to alter course late in the Pippin, and re-rallied up the rail to finish second by three-quarters of a length.\r\n&ldquo;The horses coming down the lane, they squeezed her out,&rdquo; said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains She&rsquo;s All In. &ldquo;She was in the middle, and then she came back and beat those two, but it cost her momentum.&rdquo;\r\nLuis Quinonez has the mount from post 3.