An incomparable champion
Tapit has emerged as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the past half-century. North America’s leading sire in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Tapit has sired 21 Grade 1 winners, 20 yearlings to bring $1 million or more at auction, and earners of more than $100 million on the racetrack.
Champion sire in North America in 2014 and 2015; leading sire again in 2016
No. 1 general sire in 2016 with 29 graded stakes horses, 11 graded stakes winners, and standout runners including Met Mile (G1) and Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Frosted; Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Creator; dead-heat Spinaway Stakes (G1) winners Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta; leading turf filly and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) winner Time and Motion; Holy Bull Stakes (G2) winner Mohaymen; and UAE Derby (G2) winner and classic-placed Lani
Other 2016 graded stakes winners include Grade 1 winner Ring Weekend, course record setter in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2); millionaire Cupid, winner of three Grade 2 events; and Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) winner Dancing House
Sire of 2016 TDN Rising Stars Big Gray Rocket, Life’s Blessings, and Ticonderoga
Sales Results: 2016 yearlings sold up to $2 million, 2016 2-year-olds sold up to $1.8 million, 2015 weanlings sold up to $1.3 million
Lifetime: 175 black-type horses, 85 stakes winners, 53 graded stakes winners, 21 Grade 1 winners, six champions, five Breeders’ Cup winners, $104 million in progeny earnings
Book limited to 125 mares
Laurel Futurity (G3), Laurel Park, 1 1/16 miles, by 4¾, defeating Polish Rifle, Ghost Mountain, etc.
A maiden special weight race, Delaware Park, 1 mile, by 7¾, defeating Fancatstik, Mighty Roar, etc.
Wood Memorial S. (G1), Aqueduct, 1⅛ miles, defeating Master David, Eddington, Swingforthefences, Royal Assault, Value Plus, Consecrate, Sinister G, etc.
By Alan Porter
The record-breaking champion sire of 2014 and 2015 and current leading sire of 2016, Tapit is the dominant sire of his era. With his best-bred horses still to run, he has already sired a champion 2-year-old colt, a champion 2-year-old filly, a champion 3-year-old filly, and two Belmont Stakes (G1) winners.
Tapit has enjoyed remarkable success with mares carrying Storm Cat, who appears in 16 of his stakes winners – 12 graded and four Grade 1. This includes Grade 1 winners out of mares by Hennessy, Bluegrass Cat, Sir Cat, and Tabasco Cat and graded winners from daughters of Forestry, Giant’s Causeway, Harlan’s Holiday, and Menifee. Deputy Minister daughters have supplied the dams of Tapit Grade 1 winners Frosted and Tapizar, and Tapit also has a graded winner out of a mare by Graeme Hall, a son of the Deputy Minister horse Dehere.
From daughters of Sadler’s Wells’ son El Prado, Tapit has sired two stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Laragh, and also has a stakes winner out of a mare by El Prado’s son Medaglia d’Oro. Out of mares from the Danzig line, Tapit has a trio of stakes winners, and the cross with mares by War Front would be an appealing combination. Out of mares descending from Icecapade – a three-quarter relative to Northern Dancer – Tapit has a Grade 1 winner out of a Wild Again mare and stakes winners out of mares by Phone Trick and Wild Rush.
Tapit has been successful with some specific branches of Mr. Prospector, notably Gone West, including through Mr. Greeley and Grand Slam; Forty Niner, including through Distorted Humor and Editor’s Note, both broodmare sires of Tapit Grade 1 winners; Carson City and Cryptoclearance, both also Grade 1-producing crosses; Woodman; Unbridled’s Song; and Smoke Glacken and his sire Two Punch.
Tapit’s third dam is a sister to the influential sire Relaunch, and Tapit has six stakes winners out of mares carrying Relaunch, who can be sourced through Honour and Glory and Tiznow. Tapit has a Grade 1-placed stakes winner out of a mare by Cherokee Run, a son of the Blushing Groom horse Runaway Groom, and he has graded stakes winners out of mares by other Blushing Groom-line stallions Orientate, Rahy, and Shy Tom. Out of Caro-line mares, Tapit has stakes winners from daughters of Cozzene, In Excess, and Indian Charlie. From the Halo line he has Grade 2 winners out of More Than Ready and Sunday Silence mares. Tapit has classic winner Tonalist out of a mare by Pleasant Colony; classic winner Creator out of a mare by a son of Private Account; and a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Concern, who is by Broad Brush, who also sired Include. Tapit’s champion daughter Untapable is out of a mare from the Kris S. branch of Roberto.
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