Tapizar (Tapit—Winning Call, by Deputy Minister), who was set to be shipped to Japan to stand stud at Yushun Stallion Station for the 2021 season, was euthanized after an accident in his stall at the Gainesway quarantine barn Tuesday night. The 12-year-old was scheduled to travel in mid-January.
“It is with great sadness that Gainesway confirms the sudden and tragic loss of Tapizar,” said Gainesway Farm in a statement. “Our hearts go out to all of those involved.”
The sire of the seven-time GI stakes winner and 2018 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Monomoy Girl, a $9.5 million racing prospect at this November’s Fasig-Tipton Sale, Tapizar is the third-leading sire by cumulative earnings from his crop year, and is also third on this year’s year-to-date fifth-crop list. His is also the sire of GIII Delaware Oaks winner Project Whiskey, four other graded stakes winners, 10 black-type winners and 24 black-type horses. In all his progeny have earned over $22 million.
Himself the winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and the GII San Fernando Stakes, Tapizar had stood at Gainesway since his retirement in 2013.