Tap It To Win
Tapit—Onepointhreekarats, by Medaglia d’Oro
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Breeder: Live Oak Stud (FL)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: John Velazquez
Tap It To Win seeks to become his sire’s record fourth winner of this race, which would tie Lexington’s record from the 19th century. Lexington was represented by Belmont winners General Duke (1868), Kingfisher (1870), Harry Bassett (1871) and Duke of Magenta (1878). Stallions to have sired three winners are Australian (Joe Daniels, 1872; Springbok, 1873; and Spendthrift, 1879), Fair Play (Man o’ War, 1920; Mad Play, 1924; and Chance Shot, 1927) and Man o’ War (American Flag, 1925; Crusader, 1926; and Triple Crown winner War Admiral, 1937).
Tapit so far has sired Belmont winners Tonalist (2014), Creator (2016) and Tapwrit (2017).
Weber paid $1.3 million for Onepointhreekarats as a yearling at Keeneland in 2009. She was trained throughout her 16-race career by Graham Motion and won three stakes.
Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation has been represented by a single previous Belmont Stakes runner: Brilliant Speed finished third in 2011.
Belmont Stakes Winners
Hall of Fame inductee Mark Casse has started two Belmont Stakes starters. Sir Winston won a year ago while his stablemate Bourbon War finished 10th.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has ridden 23 previous Belmont Stakes runners with two winners: Rags To Riches (2007) and Union Rags (2012). Since his first mount in 1995 he has only not ridden in the race twice (2000 and 2002).
** The 152nd Belmont Stakes will be held this Saturday, June 20, and for the first time will be the anchor leg to the Triple Crown. This year the race will be contested at 1 1/8 miles, three furlongs shorter than the traditional Belmont Stakes distance of 1 ½ miles. The weather in New York on Saturday is expected to be warm and possibly even wet with afternoon thunderstorms likely. The day’s high temperature will reach into the lower 80s. First post at Belmont Park is 11:45 p.m. ET and the Belmont Stakes field will break from the gate at 5: 42 p.m. ET.