ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2012) – Tapizar, a highly-promising 3-year-old last year before a bone chip knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, began 2012 by running away from his 4-year-old opposition Saturday in Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
Winchell Thoroughbred’s homebred son of Tapit took control early under Corey Nakatani and opened up on the backside. As the field closed in rounding the far turn, 11-10 choice Tapizar bounded away before crossing the wire 3 ½ lengths ahead of runner-up Balladry.
Balladry, a 15-1 shot ridden by Joe Talamo, nosed out trainer Bob Baffert’s Prayer for Relief, the 2-1 second choice with Rafael Bejarano aboard, in the field of seven. The final time was 1:41.94.