Brilliant miler by Tapit
A brilliantly fast, front-running miler by Tapit, Anchor Down ran a near track-record 1:32.90 and posted a 108 Beyer Speed Figure when defeating Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (G2). The half-brother to Grade 1 winner Sweet Lulu and full brother to Grade 1 performer Iron Fist bears a striking physical resemblance to his three-time champion sire.
First crop of 2-year-olds sold up to $270,000 at the OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
First yearlings sold for up to $250,000 at Keeneland September
First-crop weanlings of 2018 brought up to $125,000 at Keeneland November
Recorded four triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures and possessed rare sub-1:33 mile speed
Won the Kelso Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park in a near track-record 1:32.90 while defeating Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tamarkuz and earning a 108 Beyer, the year’s second-highest dirt figure at one mile
Posted a wire-to-wire victory in the Westchester Stakes (G3), romping by 6¾ lengths and earning a 105 Beyer
Half-brother to Grade 1 Test Stakes winner Sweet Lulu, who sold for $3 million
Full brother to Grade 1 juvenile performer Iron Fist, who sold for $1.55 million as a yearling
Sales results: 2020 2-year-olds sold up to $270,000; 2019 yearlings sold up to $250,000; 2018 1st-crop weanings sold up to $125,000
|5||8||2 (2)||1 (1)||1||$596,454|
|Totals||17||5 (2)||2 (1)||2||$734,254|
An allowance race, Gulfstream Park, 7 furlongs, 1:21.67, defeating Myositis Dan, Danza, etc.
A maiden special weight race, Gulfstream Park, 6 furlongs, 1:09.35.
An allowance race, Belmont Park, 1 1/16 miles, defeating Big Looie, Top Billing, etc.
Kelso H. (G2), Belmont Park, 1 mile, 1:32.90, defeating Tamarkuz, Ocean Knight, etc.
Westchester S. (G3), Belmont Park, 1 mile, by 6¾, defeating Samraat, Mylute, Red Vine, etc.
Metropolitan H. (G1), Belmont Park, 1 mile, to Frosted, defeating Upstart, Noble Bird, Blofeld, Stanford, Tamarkuz, Calculator, etc.
By Alan Porter
A multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit, Anchor Down defeated Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) victor Tamarkuz when taking the Kelso Handicap (G2) in a near track-record 1:32.90. Out of a graded stakes-winning 2-year-old, he is a half-brother to Grade 1-winning sprinter Sweet Lulu and a full brother to Grade 1 juvenile performer Iron Fist.
Sweet Lulu is by Mr. Greeley, a Gone West son who is also broodmare sire of a Tapit Grade 1 winner. Anchor Down should also be suited to mares descending from Gone West through Grand Slam and Speightstown. Gone West is by Mr. Prospector, and Anchor Down’s pedigree particularly suggests trying the Fappiano branch of that line. Tapit has a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Cryptoclearance (grandsire of Candy Ride), and other sources are Quiet American, Rubiano, and Unbridled, including through Unbridled’s Song and sons, Empire Maker, and Broken Vow (who appears particularly interesting).
Tapit has crossed very well with Mr. Prospector through Forty Niner, whose sons Distorted Humor and Editor’s Note have provided the dams of Tapit Grade 1 winners. There is also a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Carson City – whose son Cuvee is from a family that has been exceptional with Tapit – and Carson City would also be good through City Zip. Other branches of Mr. Prospector that have succeeded under Tapit include Smoke Glacken, his sire Two Punch, and Woodman.
Looking at the Northern Dancer line, Tapit has been exceptional over Storm Cat-line mares, getting 12 graded winners on the cross. Virtually any branch of that sire line would appeal here, but Giant’s Causeway and sons would be particularly interesting. From the Sadler’s Wells branch, Tapit has two stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Laragh from daughters of El Prado and a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son Medaglia d’Oro, also suggesting daughters of Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. The cross of mares by Northern Dancer grandson Deputy Minister resulted in Grade 1 winners Tapizar and Frosted, and there are also Tapit-line stakes winners out of mares from this line by Ghostzapper (by Awesome Again) and Graeme Hall (by Dehere). From the Danzig branch, mares by War Front could be intriguing here to duplicate Tapit’s dam and her three-quarter brother Rubiano.
Tapit is from a noted sire-producing family that includes Relaunch, a brother to Tapit’s third dam. Tapit not only has a stakes winner out of mare by Relaunch but also from mares by Relaunch-line stallions Bertrando and Honour and Glory, which suggests daughters of Tiznow.
Tapit has stakes winners out of Caro-line mares by Cozzene, In Excess, and Indian Charlie; a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Concern, who is by Broad Brush, also sire of Include; and champion filly Untapable out of a mare from the Kris S. branch of Roberto.
Tap Your Heels
Catch a Glimpse
Spring to Light
Please contact us if you’d like more information about Anchor Down.
Our breeding shed will open Feb. 10, 2020. To book your mare, please call the booking line at (859) 293-9263 weekdays 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends and holidays 8 a.m.-noon.