Flippant won a second straight stakes race for TAPIT on Tuesday when she took home the Listed Woodford Reserve Virginia Oaks three and a half weeks after her first stakes victory.
With Rafael Bejarano aboard, Flippant was happy to take the back spot immediately out of the gate in the 1 1/8 mile turf race. Around the first turn she moved up to put one horse behind her but was still nearly 10 lengths off a dueling pair of leaders.
The pack started to tighten up as they raced toward the final two furlongs and the running got serious. Flippant still had over five lengths to make up but showing the class she’d shown in her last two victories, the filly was just behind the leaders in less than a sixteenth of a mile.
The leaders had nothing left to fight Flippant off and the TAPIT daughter rolled on by to win by a growing 1 ¼ lengths as the race favorite.
#3 Flippant wins the $150k Virginia Oaks @ColonialRosies, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, trained by Victoria Oliver! Congrats to the connections!
Another winner by Tapit @Gainesway!
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— TVG (@TVG) August 31, 2021
Trained by Victoria Oliver for owner-breeder G. Watts Humphrey, Flippant was winning her third consecutive race after breaking her maiden in July. The filly has now taken her earnings to $205,109.
Flippant is the third generation to be trained by Oliver for Humphrey with the owner breeding the first three generations of Flippant’s family after buying her fourth dam as a yearling.
Flippant is the second stakes performer for multiple Grade 2 winner Frivolous, whose first foal is the Grade 2-placed Never Forget. Frivolous is one of two stakes horses for her own dam alongside Grade 2-placed Drama Drama.
Flippant is the second stakes winner for TAPIT in four days after Essential Quality’s win in the Travers Stakes (G1) with both coming from the stallion’s 2018 crop.