Two Finalists Represent TAPIT in 2021 Eclipse Awards

It was another top year for TAPIT runners in 2021, culminating in Eclipse Award finalist spots being announced for sons Essential Quality and Flightline.

It is the second Eclipse Award nomination for 2020โ€™s Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Essential Quality, who put together another top season in 2021 to be named a Champion 3-Year-Old finalist. The Godolphin homebred started his year with back-to-back wins in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) before finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

His victory in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) made history for TAPITย as only the second stallion to sire four Belmont Stakes winners โ€“ the other being the great Lexington in the 1800s. Essential Quality followed that up with a win in Saratogaโ€™s Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) before earning his fourth career Grade 1 win in the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1).

Essential Quality ended his career in the Longines Breedersโ€™ Cup Classic (G1), where he finished third to wrap up an outstanding 3-year-old campaign.

While Essential Qualityโ€™s career was wrapping up, Champion Male Sprinter finalist Flightline was just getting started.

The TAPIT son has impressed in every public appearance, bringing $1 million as a yearling and then burning up the track for Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing.

That domination of the track started in his April debut with a 13 ยผ length drumming of a seven horse field to earn him Thoroughbred Daily News โ€˜Rising Starโ€™ honors but that was just the beginning.

Flightline returned in September to win again by 12 ยพ lengths in what would be registered as the then-co-highest Beyer of the year at 114. The secret was out with Brisnet also giving him a 117 and Timeform rating him at 135 โ€“ just one point below Knicks Go. ย Flightline ended his year by becoming the 28th Grade 1 winner for TAPITย with another dominating 11 ยฝ length win in the Malibu Stakes (G1). He also made sure he stood alone at the top of the Beyer list โ€“ earning a 118.

Already highly regarded by the racing industry, the victory secured Flightline his finalist spot in the Male Sprinter category with more yet to come. Connections have already said he will race on in 2022 with his first start likely coming in March or April.

This yearโ€™s Eclipse Award ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET at Santa Anita Park.