Locally-owned horse scratched from Breeders' Cup; what happened?

News-DemocratNovember 1, 2013 

A horse that has two metro-east owners and was scheduled to run Friday afternoon in a Breeders' Cup race was scratched from the race.

According to the Daily Racing Form, the 5-year-old gray gelding named Taptowne was pulled from the race because of a bruised hoof.

The horse had been flown to Arcadia, Calif., to compete in the Dirt Mile race against horses that are older than 3 at the Santa Anita Racetrack.

Freeburg resident and former real estate broker Bob Santanello and former St. Clair County regional superintendent of schools Jed Deets are owners of Taptowne, along with Brian Randall of Belleville and Tim Spivey, a former Belleville resident who now lives in Florida.

Santanello once owned Clovertowne Farm on Town Hall Road in Belleville before moving his breeding and training operation to Kentucky. Taptowne lives in Kentucky and trains at Churchill Downs.

The race was won by Goldenscents, which raced to the lead out of the gate and held on to win the $1 million event by three lengths.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Goldencents ran the distance in 1:35.12 and paid $9.60, $5 and $4. The 3-year-old colt finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness this year.

Among Goldencents' ownership group is Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who wasn't present.

See Taptowne run at Oaklawn Park

Video by HRTV/Courtesy Oaklawn Park Race Track

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