The Paulick Report is once again providing comprehensive coverage of the Keeneland September sale, the world's largest Thoroughbred yearling sale.
The following segment – Stallion Spotlight – is featured in the PR Special, a unique print publication available daily on the grounds at Keeneland.
One of the heirs apparent of the A.P. Indy line of Bold Ruler, Tapit proved to be a revelation of quality with his first crop of racing age to become leading freshman sire and, with continued successes, has elevated his status to being one of the most consistent sources of speed, precocity, and elite potential.
The handsome gray son of Pulpit was an unbeaten juvenile himself, and being out of the Unbridled stakes winner Tap Your Heels, Tapit was a very good prospect for the following year's classics. He proved to have that level of ability, but the beautifully balanced gray colt's classic potential was cut short with only a G1 victory in the Wood Memorial to show for his second season's efforts.
Tapit began his career at stud with a champion (Stardom Bound) from his first crop of runners like the great sires Mr. Prospector, Danzig, Seattle Slew, and Fappiano. Speed and precocity marked Tapit as a sire of significance, and he stands out among the A.P. Indy line for imparting speed to his offspring, even among such first-rate sires as Bernardini, Congrats, Flatter, and Malibu Moon.
Like these other excellent members of the A.P. Indy line, Tapit has made himself one of the stallion elite, standing for $125,000 live foal in 2012.
Given the level of demand indicated by that stud fee, Tapit is also a premium sales sire, and 50 of his 2012 crop of yearlings are consigned to the opening four days of the Keeneland September sale.
Prominent among these yearlings are Hip 627 and Hip 654 in the third session. The first yearling is a gray colt out of Christmas Star, making him a half-brother to G1 winner Cuvee (Carson City) and to G2 winner Will He Shine (Silver Deputy). The second yearling is a chestnut filly out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Coral Necklace, making her a half-sister to three stakes winners, including Canadian champion Ginger Brew (Milwaukee Brew) and San Juan Capistrano winner Bourbon Bay (Sligo Bay).
Christmas Star and Coral Necklace are the sort of mares that have been filling Tapit's book the past several years, with the result that each successive crop is a bit more richly bred. That will have the added effect of making the stallion's daughters and sons even more valuable as racing and breeding prospects.
Even now, his offspring are considered as some of the most desirable prospects for breeding, and that can only escalate in the near future.
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