Ticonderoga, a Tapit colt who had sold for $850,000 as a yearling, cruised to a 4 1/4-length maiden special weight win Sept. 10 at Belmont Park to earn a TDN Rising Star tag, the second Tapit 2-year-old to get the coveted designation in the past two weeks.
Tapit, the nation’s leading sire with $15.3 million in progeny earnings to date, now has 21 TDN Rising Stars to date, including Grade 1 winners Constitution and Tonalist and Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Shook Up.
The royally bred Ticonderoga is the first foal out of Keertana, a five-time graded stakes winner of more than $1 million. Keertana is a sister to graded winners Diversy Harbor and Snow Top Mountain.
Ticonderoga is owned by Woodford Racing and earned $45,000 for the win (VIDEO).