North America’s dominant sire Tapit had yet another big weekend, with his sons landing two major feature races in the USA.
Tapit’s tally included a brilliant performance in the G1 Whitney Stakes by his top class son Frosted, currently rated the second top rated thoroughbred in the world.
Frosted, who was picking up the third Grade One win of his career, was coming into the Whitney off a 14.25 length romp in the G1 Metropolitan Handicap, and Saturday’s $1.25 Whitney proved another walk in the park for the handsome grey.
One of the top thoroughbreds currently in training in the US, Frosted, who is being aimed at the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at the end of the year, was given a quiet ride by jockey Joel Rosario, with the pair drawing off to record a deceptively easy two length score in Saturday’s Whitney Stakes –a race won previously by such legends as War Admiral, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Alydar, and Personal Ensign.
Frosted, runner up to the mighty American Pharoah in the 2015 G1 Belmont Stakes, has now six wins to his credit, and prize money of $3 852 800.
Tapit’s second major graded win of the weekend came when his top class 3yo son Cupid landed the G2 West Virginia Derby.
A well travelled sophomore, Cupid simply outclassed his rivals to romp home by four lengths in Saturday’s $750 000 contest.
Cupid, who has now banked over $1 000 000, is one of a number of outstanding 3yos representing Tapit this year, with others including G1 Belmont Stakes hero Creator.
Currently on track to record his third consecutive General Sires Title in North America, Tapit has been represented by no fewer than 16 stakes winners in 2016, and his runners have already amassed over $13 000 000.
This magnificent stallion, who stood for a fee of $300 000 this year, has just one son at stud in South Africa –and this is Klawervlei’s sensational young prospect Coup De Grace.
Bred on the same Tapit/Storm Cat cross as champion Hansen, as well as G1 winner Careless Jewel, Coup De Grace was an outstandingly fast racehorse whose five victories included the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and G3 Bay Shore Stakes.