It was a Keeneland winner for TAPWRIT on Friday afternoon when the Brad Cox-trained Victory Formation rolled to a 4 3/4-length Maiden Special Weight victory to earn Thoroughbred Daily News ‘Rising Star’ honors.
Racing over 6 ½ furlongs on the Keeneland dirt, Victory Formation was one of the first out of the gate and quickly went to the front to set the pace with another horse on his hip. The debuting Victory Formation started to pull away from that one in the turn before building his margin in the stretch – flashing across the line 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the second-place horse with the rest of the field over seven lengths behind the winner.
It was the @spendthriftfarm 2 year old #3 VICTORY FORMATION ($9.64) that dominates race #7 at Keeneland. The victory formation was to go from the start, wire to wire. Watch more on @fandueltv and wager at https://t.co/nBYFHj6ufh. pic.twitter.com/0Rd7Fs3TkE
— TVG (@TVG) October 21, 2022
Racing for Spendthrift Farm and Frank Fletcher Racing, Victory Formation was a $100,000 weanling purchase and a $150,000 yearling purchase when offered by Gainesway at both sales. This year his price more than doubled when his racing owners paid $340,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
Victory Formation is a half-brother to the Grade 1-placed Bellamore and to the dam of stakes winner Sienna. The colt’s second dam is the Grade 2 winner Softly, who is also a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Coragil Cat.
The family also includes the Grade 2 winning Conquest Big E – a runner sired by TAPWRIT’s own sire TAPIT.
TAPWRIT is now the sire of 10 winners with the stallion’s on-the-board percentage sitting at 56% from his 31 runners.