Tapiture colt dominant in stakes debut

Grand David turned back a stern challenge at the top of the Gulfstream Park stretch to win Saturday’s $75,000 Bear’s Den S. in the stakes debut for the 3-year-old Tapiture colt.

The dark bay colt is Tapiture’s fourth stakes winner and 10th stakes horse of 2022. The Darby Dan stallion leads all 2022 Fourth-Crop sires with 113 winners of 150 races.

Grand David, riding a two-race winning streak into the Bear’s Den, made it three in a row with a gritty effort in the 1 1/16-mile race on the Tapeta surface. Longshot Reddington led early, with Grand David tracking closely in second through a half-mile in :49.13. Grand David took the lead after six furlongs, but was headed by Venezuelan Triumph turning for home.

Grand David quickly fought back and retook the lead, then drew off in the final stages to score by 2 ¼-lengths over California Frolic.

Owned by the Granpollo Stable, Grand David is 3-2-2 in nine starts and has now earned $129,510. He was bred in Kentucky by the Cowboy Stables LLC.