We got a thriller at the 2023 Bluegrass Stakes, but the favorite took care of business. Tapit Trice (6/5) edged out Verifying (7/2) in a thrilling finish that saw the two favorites duel all the way to the end. Blazing Sevens finished third after closing with 5/1 odds to win.
There was an appeal after Verifying’s team thought Tapit Trice got too close and initiated contact. However, the appeal was denied when it became clear there was incidental contact with both horses getting a little physical.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)— (@WorldRacing1) April 8, 2023
1800m, 1.000.000 USD, for 3yo
Tapit Trice (USA)
(3C Tapit - Danzatrice, by Dunkirk)
J :Luis Saez
T :Todd A. Pletcher
O :Whisper Hill Farm, LLC and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck)
B : @Gainesway
Verifying (Justify) pic.twitter.com/S9wjR5xyQD
Tapit Trice entered the race in 11th place overall in the Kentucky Derby standings. The win moves the colt into third place and effectively locks in an invite to Churchill Downs. Verifying was ranked 41st in the standings with 14 points. The 40 points for second place moves Verifying into a ninth place tie and should secure a Derby invite. Blazing Sevens picked up 30 points and moves into 13th place in the standings.
Win: Tapit Trice
$5.28, $3.12, $2.64
Show: Blazing Sevens
$1.00 Exacta 1-3 $8.77
$0.50 Tri 1-3-8 $21.91
$0.10 Super 1-3-8-7 $22.32