Steve Asmussen had no comment earlier today about future plans for Tapizar, pending discussion with the owner.
“We had quite a few workers this morning, and I was going to wait and get him out after we got everything done, and then I was going to call Ron Winchell and David Fiske (Winchell’s Racing Manager) and talk to them,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “I didn’t want to be disrespectful to them and make any statements before I talk to them.”
While Tapizar disappointed at Santa Anita, the Asmussen-trained Silver Medallion was an impressive winner of the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
“It was a rollercoaster day,” Asmussen said. “I’m very pleased with Albergatti (smart maiden winner as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita), very pleased with Silver Medallion and very disappointed with Tapizar. You’re never as wrong as when you’re sure. This is why they let you bet on it.”
Asmussen said Silver Medallion “is scheduled to van back here..... We’ll train him back here. He’s a very exciting horse in the fact that he ran great on the turf (winning the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita Dec. 31), he ran great on synthetic (winning the El Camino Real on Tapeta) and he trains super on dirt, so we have a lot of options there. The most exciting thing about him yesterday was, I didn’t think he had the smoothest of trips, and he stayed. He came home well at a mile and an eighth, and I thought it was really good.”
--Edited track release