Gainesway Farm’s outstanding stallion Tapit, sire of Klawervlei’s exciting new sire Coup De Grace, was represented by his 21st individual G1 winner when daughter Time And Motion landed the odds in Saturday’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
In lifting Saturday’s $500 000 turf contest, Time And Motion took her tally to five wins from just nine outings and pushed her earnings to over $900 000 with her maiden G1 success.
Trained by Jimmy Toner, Time and Motion maintained her three-wide trip rounding the turn and first took off after Catch a Glimpse, who began fading upon hitting the lane, and then Hawksmoor, who assumed command. The Tapit filly drew even with Hawksmoor but seemed to stall for a brief moment before Harmonize, closing fast on the outside, suddenly revitalized her.
Time and Motion stuck her head out on the wire to finish 1 1/8 miles over the firm Keeneland turf in 1:50.24. Harmonize had a nose in front of Hawksmoor on the line to complete the blanket finish, while On Leave finished another 4 3/4 lengths back in fourth.
On course to land his third consecutive General Sires title, Tapit has now been represented by five individual Grade One winners this year –headed by Whitney Stakes/Met Handicap hero Frosted and the classic Belmont Stakes winner Creator.
With his runners having amassed over $16 million already this year, Tapit is currently more than $6 million clear on the US General Sires List.
Coup De Grace, the only son of this remarkable stallion at stud in South Africa, has a pedigree which goes from strength to strength –with his half sister Dancing Rags having recently picked up the G1 Alcibiades Stakes.