Could Trappe Shot emerge as a Preakness contender?

by Joel Cunningham 4 years ago

Trappe Shot took another big step towards stakes company with a 12 3/4-length romp in an entry-level allowance race Mar. 21st at Gulfstream. It marked the talented colt’s second win in as many starts by a combined 23 lengths, as he broke his maiden on Feb. 21st by 10 1/4 lengths at the Miami oval.

An $850,000 sale-topping 2-year-old a year ago, Trappe Shot has a strong pedigree for the Classics, hailing from the second crop of top sire Tapit. He is also out of the Grade 1-producing mare Shopping, who is the dam of Miss Shop, a Grade 1 winner at 10 furlongs. Seemingly pointed for the April 24 Withers (G3) at a mile at Aqueduct, can Trappe Shot do what champion Bernardini did in 2006 — go from Gulfstream, to the Withers, and then win the Preakness? Watch video.

Discussion

  • anonymous

    Good look at a horse that is under the regular racing media radar, but will have a big impact in the 3yo division come summertime. Seeing him win the other day reminded me of Curlin’s big win at GP before Jess Jackson bought him.

  • madharry

    If im the owner, i put the horse in the wood. the horses win was effortless. i dont think theres much to lose by having the horse try two turns now. No one can possibly tell how good the horse might be and a kentucky derby contender comes along rarely.

    • Joel Cunningham

      madharry,

      I like your spirit! But I think the modern-day mentality would see that as being too stiff of an assignment for him to face Eskendereya and Awesome Act at 1 1/8 miles on a couple weeks rest while never having run past 6 1/2 furlongs.

      The word is D’Funnybone is also pointing toward the Withers, so Trappe Shot should get a good class test facing one of the top one-turn horses of this crop. I could actually see Trappe Shot losing the G3 Withers and still running well in the Preakness because I really feel like this colt is going to appreciate the two turns.

  • EUGENE LEVEY

    YES…WHY NOT???? THE 3YR OLD CROP IS NOT THAT STRONG..THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME TO ME..


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