Tapit / Free Spin, by Olympio, 2011, CH


  • 2021 racing: VERTICAL THREAT, winner of the Russell Road S.; 2YO FLASHFORDANI, winner of the Birdcatcher S.; Jesus' Team, runner-up in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Inv. (G1); Li'l Tootsie, placed in the Prioress S. (G2); ALWAY'S COMERIO, stakes winner in Puerto Rico; Heated Argument, runner-up in the Rainbow Miss S.; 2YO filly Honey Bella, runner-up in the Northern Lights Debutante S.; CHICKS DIG SCARS, runner-up in the Golden Circle S.;  Love My Jimmy, placed in the Desert Code S.; Chabi, placed in the Freedom of the City S.; etc.
  • 2021 sales: 2YOs at OBS March led by a $220,000 colt purchased by Willis Horton Racing LLC; $100,000 colt at OBS Spring purchased by Jerry Hollendorfer
  • #1 Second-Crop Sire by winners; #3 Second-Crop Sire by earnings
  • 16 BTHs in 2020, including: HOPEFUL GROWTH, 4-length winner of the Monmouth Oaks (G3) and placed in the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2); TDN Rising Star  PREMIER STAR, 4 3/4-length winner of the Jersey Shore S. and placed in the Amsterdam S. (G2);  VERTICAL THREAT, winner of the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint S. with a 102 Beyer; STEPH'SFULLASUGAR, 6 3/4-length winner of the $100,000 LA Bred Night Starlet S.; VACHERIE GIRL, 3 1/2-length winner of the Crescent City Oaks and the Louisiana Legends Soiree S.; 2-year-old CHICKS DIG SCARS, winner of the Iowa Stallion Futurity; Jesus' Team, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and placed in the Preakness S. (G1); 2YO filly Exchange Vows, placed in the Sorrento S. (G2);  etc.
  • #2 2YO Sire by winners, only Into Mischief had more
  • Top 5 First-Crop Sire of 2019 by earnings; #2 First-Crop Sire by winners with 27; 5 BTHs; 2 TDN Rising Stars: Remain Anonymous and Specially
  • Progeny sales: 2YOs in 2020 for $300,000, $110,000, etc. First 2YOs in 2019 for $475,000$350,000, $240,000, etc. First-crop yearlings up to $425,000 in 2018
  • 5-time Graded SW millionaire by TAPIT. Competed in 14 straight Graded stakes races, won or placed in 11 Graded stakes races with earnings of $1,536,820. Graded stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4
  • Out of multiple Graded stakes producer FREE SPIN, making him a full brother to 2019 Super Derby (G3) winner ROTATION and his full sister produced FINITE, a multiple Graded stakes winner in 2020

A five-time graded stakes winning millionaire, Tapiture is the only son of record-breaking Champion Sire Tapit to win graded stakes at two, three and four. A brother to two other stakes winners, Tapiture is also similarly-bred to Tapit’s brilliant Champion Untapable, and to his Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) victor Tapizar.”

Tapit has enjoyed remarkable success with mares carrying Storm Cat, and Tapiture particularly appeals with this strain, as his broodmare sire, Olympio, is bred on a very similar cross to Storm Cat’s dam, Terlingua. Storm Cat appears in the dams of 13 Tapit stakes winners, 11 graded, and three grade one, including graded winners Coup de Grace, Snowbell and Tapicat out of mares by Storm Cat himself; Champion Hansen out of mare by Sir Cat; grade one winner Careless Jewel out of a mare by Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy); grade one winner Tell A Kelly out of a mare by Tabasco Cat; graded winners Dancinginherdreams and Just Wicked out of mares by Harlan sons Menifee and Harlan’s Holiday (sire of Into Mischief); graded stakes winner Divining Rod out of a mare by Catienus; graded stakes winner Mufajaah out of a mare by Forestry (sire of Discreet Cat); and graded winner Cassatt out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (a brother to Freud, and sire of First Samurai). Other Storm Cat sources include Bernstein, Cat Thief, Tale of Cat (who gives linebreeding to the family of Pulpit, and who is sire of Lion Heart), Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever (who both give inbreeding to Tapiture’s male line ancestor Seattle Slew), Bluegrass Cat (who gives linebreeding to A.P. Indy via Pulpit and a three-quarters sister, and to the outstanding mare Numbered Account), Mountain Cat, Storm Boot and Yankee Gentleman.

From daughters of Deputy Minister, Tapit has sired grade one winners Frosted and Tapizar (who has a similar background to Tapiture), and graded winner Tin Type Gal. He also has graded stakes winner Delightful Joy out of a mare by Graeme Hall, a son of the Deputy Minister stallion, Dehere. This would invite considering daughters of such as Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Touch Gold, Deputy Commander, French Deputy, Salt Lake and Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Badge of Silver and Spring At Last). Tapit has also sired graded stakes winner Hightap out of a mare by Regal Classic, by Vice Regent, the sire of Deputy Minister.

Nijinsky II appears in the pedigree of eight Tapit stakes winners, including in the broodmare sire line of grade one winner Tapitsfly (dam by Marlin, a son of Sword Dance) and graded winner Endymion (dam by Shadeed, the sire of Alydeed). It would also be possible to introduce Nijinsky II through Royal Academy (who is especially promising, being a close relative to Storm Cat), Seattle Dancer, Sky Classic and Strawberry Road (broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Tapit’s sire, Pulpit).

From daughters of the Sadler’s Wells horse, El Prado, Tapit has sired grade one winner Laragh and graded winner White Rose. This would suggest trying mares by El Prado sons Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller.

Out of mares from the Danzig line, Tapit has stakes winners from daughters of Boundary (sire of Big Brown), Danzig Connection and Belong to Me. Other Danzig line stallions include Langfuhr, Ascot Knight, Polish Numbers (out of Champion Numbered Account, who is in Tapiture through Private Account), Dayjur, Pine Bluff, Honor Grades, War Chant, Hard Spun, Exchange Rate and War Front (who gives an appealing inbreeding to Fappiano).

Out of mares descending from Icecapade – a three-quarters relative to Northern Dancer – through Wild Again, Tapit has four stakes winners, three graded and two grade one, including grade one winner Tapizar and graded winner War Echo out of mares from the immediate family of Tapiture’s broodmare sire, Olympio. There is also a Tapit stakes winner out of a mare by Wild Again son, Wild Rush and Wild Again could also be brought in through Offlee Wild, Milwaukee Brew  and Whiskey Wisdom. There is also a Tapit stakes winner from the Clever Trick branch of this line out of a mare by Phone Trick, the sire of Intidab, Caller I.D., Mazel Trick and Favorite Trick.

Tapit has enjoyed success with some specific branches of Mr. Prospector. He has a stakes winner out of a mare by Gone West; grade one winner Zazu and graded stakes winner Flashback out of a mare by Gone West son Mr. Greeley (sire of El Corredor); and graded stakes winner Bandbox out of a mare by Gone West son Grand Slam. This would encourage trying daughters of Speightstown, Elusive Quality and Proud Citizen. There also seems to be an affinity for the Forty Niner branch of Mr. Prospector, with grade one winner Constitution out of a daughter of Distorted Humor; grade one winner Dance Card out of a mare by Editor’s Note; as well as two Tapit stakes winners out of mares by Coronado’s Quest, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Bankers Gold. Other potential Forty Niner line broodmare sires include Trippi, End Sweep, Jules, Luhuk and Twining. Tapit’s stakes winning and grade one placed daughter Teen Pauline is out of a mare by Carson City also sire of City Zip (who should be particularly good here), Boone’s Mill, Cuvee (who is out of a three-quarters sister to Tapiture’s broodmare sire, Olympio, giving inbreeding to a family that has a remarkable strike-rate with Tapit and Pulpit), Five Star Day, Good And Tough, Pollard’s Vision and Lord Carson.

Tapit is out of a mare by the Fappiano line stallion, Unbridled, but he is sire of grade one winner Ring Weekend out of a mare by Fappiano line stallion, Cryptoclearance, and a stakes winner by out of a mare by that horse’s son, Crypto Star, inviting daughters of Candy Ride and Victory Gallop. Tapit also has graded stakes winner West Coast Belle out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song, giving inbreeding to Unbridled. Sons of Unbridled’s Song include Rockport Harbor, First Defence (a reverse Seattle Slew/Unbridled cross to Tapit), Old Fashioned, Half Ours (out of a Storm Cat mare, which will work well here), Dunkirk (a reverse A.P. Indy/Fappiano cross to Tapit), Even The Score, Eurosilver (bred on a similar cross to the dam of Tapit) and Songandaprayer. From other branches of the Unbridled line come Broken Vow (a three-quarters relative to the dam of Tapit), Grindstone, Birdstone and Empire Maker. It could also pay to consider introducing Fappiano through Rubiano – a three-quarters brother to the dam of Tapit – and Quiet American.

Tapit’s third dam is a sister to the influential sire, Relaunch, and he has six stakes winners out of mares with Relaunch in the dam, including out of daughters of Relaunch himself, as well as Honour and Glory and Bertrando (by Skywalker, and himself sire of Officer), and this cross could also work through Tiznow. We should also note that there is also a Tapit stakes winner out of a mare by Glitterman – who is from Tapit’s own family, and is half-sister to the granddam of Tapit – and from the Valid Appeal branch of Relaunch’s sire, In Reality, a stakes winner out of a mare by Valid Wager, with Valid Appeal also appearing as sire of Valid Expectations and Successful Appeal.

Tapit’s stakes winning and grade one placed son, Rattlesnake Bridge, is out of a mare by Cherokee Run (sire of Yonaguska and Kafwain), a son of the Blushing Groom horse, Runaway Groom, and he also has graded stakes winner Honorable Dillon out of a mare by Blushing Groom son, Shy Tom. In this case, Blushing Groom, through Mt. Livermore – a similar cross to Tapiture’s broodmare sire – also appeals, and he is sire of Orientate, Housebuster and Peaks and Valleys.

Tapit is from the A.P. Indy branch of the Seattle Slew line, but he has crossed well over mares from other branches of Seattle Slew, getting grade two winner Concord Point and grade one placed Normandy Invasion out of mares by Boston Harbor, and stakes winner Golden Barows out of a mare by Mayakovsky (by Matty G ), both from the Capote branch, and two stakes winners, including graded scorer Touching Beauty, out of a mare by Seattle Slew son, Ikari.

Tapit also has two stakes winners, one graded, out of mares by In Excess and another out of a mare Indian Charlie. He has classic winner Tonalist out of a mare by Pleasant Colony (sire of Pleasantly Perfect), and a grade one winner out of a mare by Concern, who is by Broad Brush, a horse who has done well under Tapit’s sire, Pulpit, and who is also sire of Include. The broad Pulpit/Halo cross has not been an effective one, but introducing Halo through More Than Ready – the broodmare sire of a Tapit grade two winner – strongly appeals. Mares by Super Saver might also be interesting, as Super Saver’s dam is a three-quarters relative to Pulpit, and also gives linebreeding to the outstanding mare, Numbered Account. Although it is not a strain that is often found, Tapit also has two stakes winners, including Champion Stardom Bound, out of mares by sons of Grey Dawn II.

Tapit has enjoyed remarkable success when his mates have featured the mare, Carols Christmas, in their pedigrees, this appearing in six of his stakes winners, including Champion Tapiture and grade one winner Tapizar. Tapiture, is out of a mare by Olympio, a son of Carols Christmas, but this important is also found in Wild Wonder, Early Flyer, Cuvee and Will He Shine, as well as in the pedigrees of her female descendents.

gr/r. 2001
dkb/br. 1994 [IC]
dkb/br. 1989 [IC]
b. 1989
gr. 1996
b. 1987 [BI]
gr. 1982
b. 1998
ch. 1988
b. 1967
dkb/br. 1977
dkb/br. 1993
b. 1976
b. 1986

Race Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 4 1 (1) 1 2 (1) $140,838
3 8 3 (3) 3 (3) 0 $1,247,222
4 6 1 (1) 0 2 (2) $148,760
Totals 18 5 (5) 4 (3) 4 (3) $1,536,820
Won at 2
  • Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs (G2, 8.5f, by 4 ¼ lengths, defeating Laddie Boy, Awesome Sky, Buck Magic, Notability, Arctic Slope, Dobra Historia, Culprit, Mygalsal).
3rd at 2
  • Iroquois S. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8.5f, to Cleburne, Smart Cover defeating Ride On Curlin, Laddie Boy, Rise Up, Stonecrusher, Solemnly Swear, Jimmy Connors, Honorable Judge).
Won at 3
  • West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer (G2, 9f, defeating Candy Boy, Vicar’s In Trouble, Classic Giacnroll, For Goodness Sake, Divine View, Key for Success, Only I Know). 101 Beyer.
  • Matt Winn S. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8.5f, defeating Ulanbator, Almost Famous, Rankhasprivileges, Rise Up, Conquest Titan, The Admiral).
  • Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park (G3, 8.5f, by 4 ¼ lengths, defeating Strong Mandate, Ride On Curlin, Coastline, Tanzanite Cat, Bourbonize, Walt, Fire Starter, Son of Dixie, Paganol, Kendall’s Boy, Louies Flower).
2nd at 3
  • Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, to Goldencents, defeating Pants On Fire, Bronzo, Big Bane Theory, Carve, Fed Biz, Golden Ticket, Vicar’s In Trouble). 105 Beyer.
  • Pennsylvania Derby at Parx (G2, 9f, to Bayern, defeating Candy Boy, Noble Moon, C J’s Awesome, California Chrome, Protonico, Classic Giacnroll).
  • Rebel S. at Oaklawn Park (G2, 8.5f, to Hoppertunity, defeating Ride On Curlin, Strong Mandate, Sheltowee’s Boy, Street Strategy, Kobe’s Back, Jet Cat).
Won at 4
  • Ack Ack H. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8f, defeating viva Majorca, Hat of Jacks, Midnight Cello, Den’s Legacy, Agent Di Nozzo, Roman Unbridled).
3rd at 4
  • Oaklawn H. at Oaklawn Park (G2, 9f, to Race Day, Carve, defeating Golden Lad, Street Strategy, Hard Aces, For Greater Glory, Russellin, Sammy Mandeville).
  • Lone Star Park H. at Lone Star (G3, 8.5f, to Majestic City, Carve, defeating Endurance, Cy Seven).

Tapiture News

Tapiture juvenile earns first stakes victory

Flashfordani drew off smartly in the stretch to win the Birdcatcher S. at Century Mile by a widening 3 1/2-lengths on Sept. 3…

Tapiture’s Vertical Threat much the best in $150,000 Russell Road S.

Vertical Threat won his third career stakes Friday night at Charles Town Races with a front-running tally in the $150,000 Russell Road S…

Tapiture filly gets first graded stakes victory

Alway’s Comerio became Tapiture’s latest graded stakes winner on March 7 when the 3-year-old filly bounded to a one-length victory in the Clasico Dia de la Mujer S. (G2)…

Tapiture tops 2020 Second-Crop sire list by winners and wins

For the second year in a row Tapiture finished the season as the leading sire of his generation by both winners and wins…

Jesus’ Team wins $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel in Pegasus (G1) prep

Tapiture’s Classic-placed colt Jesus’ Team scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park…

Vertical Threat scores big in $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint S.

Tapiture’s 3-year-old colt Vertical Threat turned in a career-best performance in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint S. Nov. 23 at Mahoning Valley, rolling to a 7 1/2-length victory…

Jesus’ Team first Breeders’ Cup starter for Tapiture

Tapiture, the leading Second-Crop sire of winners, will have his first Breeders’ Cup starter Saturday at Keeneland with Jesus’ Team…

Tapiture’s Premier Star dominates Jersey Shore S

Premier Star got his first stakes win Wednesday in Monmouth Park’s $100,000 Jersey Shore S…

Saturday stakes double for Tapiture

Chicks Dig Scars won his stakes debut on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows…

Hopeful Growth is Tapiture’s first graded stakes winner

Hopeful Growth’s commanding four-length victory in Saturday’s $212,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3) gave leading Second-Crop sire Tapiture…

Tapiture’s Vertical Threat romps in stakes debut

Vertical Threat drew off impressively in the Del Mar stretch to register a 5 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s Smiling Tiger S…

Tapiture filly tallies second straight stakes victory

Vacherie Girl outfought Southern Liaison to win the $60,000 Louisiana Legends Soiress S. by a head on Independence Day at Evangeline Downs…