Tapiture breezes at Churchill

Tapiture, one of the top contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 ⅘ at Churchill Downs the morning of April 21.

The Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred went to the track shortly after it opened for training and several hours before the 15-minute time set aside by the track for only Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks possible starters to train.

A son of Tapit -- Free Spin, by Olympio who comes into the Derby off a fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby, was timed in fractions of :13 ⅖ seconds, :25 ⅘ seconds and :38 seconds. The colt galloped out six furlongs in 1:16 ⅖ following the work.

One of the two victories for Tapiture in seven career starts was at Churchill Downs last fall when the colt broke his maiden by 4 ¼ lengths in winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. That victory in his fourth career start was the last of the 2013 season for Tapiture, who won the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park by the same 4 ¼-length margin in his 2014 debut.