Tapit

Memorable Week For Heider

Scott Heider enjoyed a memorable couple of days on both sides of the Atlantic last week. Thoughtfully (Tapit) debuted on Thursday at Churchill Downs and was named a TDN Rising Star. The following day Crossfirehurricane (Kitten's Joy) carried his colours to victory in the G3 Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule S. at The Curragh.

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Expensive Tapit Filly Rolls to Rising Stardom at Churchill

Thoughtfully (Tapit), a $950,000 purchase by Heider Family Stables last summer at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga, was bet down to odds-on debuting Thursday at Churchill and ran to the money with a dominant score to become the latest 'TDN Rising Star'. Showing a quintet of works at Keeneland for trainer Steve Asmussen capped by a half-mile gate breeze in :47 1/5 (3/29) June 2, the dark bay was backed at 7-10 and led early before deferring to sit third. Inching closer past a :22.65 quarter, she drew on even terms at the...

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Thursday’s Insights: Near Million-Dollar Tapit Filly Gets Going at Churchill

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-CD, $79K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, post time: 1:34 p.m. ET Bidding on behalf of Heider Family Stables, bloodstock agent Donato Lanni went to $950K for THOUGHTFULLY (Tapit) at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale and the March-foaled bay takes her first step towards repaying that investment here. The dark bay was bred by Gainesway from Passion (Seeking the Gold), dam of GSW Annual Report (Harlan's Holiday) and MSW Giant Payday (Giant's Causeway). The filly's Grade I-winning second dam Furlough (Easy Goer) was responsible for...

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Tap It to Win Eyeing Belmont S.

Recent allowance winner Tap It to Win (Tapit) is now under consideration for the GI Belmont S. June 20, according to trainer Mark Casse. "I've always said, run them when they're good," Casse said. "We won the [GI] Breeders' Cup [Filly and Mare Sprint] with Shamrock Rose (First Dude) [off of two week's rest] and last year we spun Got Stormy (Get Stormy) back off of a week's rest to beat colts in a Grade I [Fourstardave at Saratoga]. Sixteen days will be enough time." A second-out graduate in August,...

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Unique Bella Full Sister Has Big Shoes To Fill

In the front field of Timber Town Stables along Lexington's Leestown Road, a quiet gray grazes contentedly while keeping a close eye on her two-month-old foal napping nearby. The mare takes a step towards you when approached, but the foal remains in a deep slumber, her four limbs stretched out in all different directions as she enjoys the afternoon sunlight. She opens her eyes slowly when you speak, begrudgingly making her way onto her nimble legs only when coaxed While she enjoys the care-free life of a newborn now, the...

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Sunday’s Racing Insights: $500K Blame Colt Debuts at Churchill

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 7th-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m, 4:08 p.m. ET SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables and Fred Hertrich III's BEACON HILL (Blame) debuts for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. The dark bay, who realized a $500,000 final bid at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale, was the highest priced yearling out of 27 sold by his sire in 2018. Dam My Mammy, already responsible for the colt's full stakes-winning sibling Sweet Victory and stakes-placed Ferdinanda (Giant's Causeway), is a half-sister to Grade I-winner Bandini (Fusaichi Pegasus) and Group 3...

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Honorable Dillon Sold to Uruguay

A syndicate of breeders from Uruguay has purchased stallion Honorable Dillon (Tapit--Shy Greeting {Arg} by Shy Tom) for the 2020 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Previously standing at Rockridge Stud in New York, Honorable Dillon was a Grade II winner with earnings of $233,649 in his racing career. As a stallion, he has 27 winners from 64 runners in two crops to race thus far.

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Songbird Continues to Thrive in Motherhood

Of all the jaw-dropping feats that a Thoroughbred is able to accomplish, perhaps nothing is quite as miraculous as watching a fierce, powerful racehorse transform to fill the role of motherhood.  Wayne Sweezey, who owns and operates Timber Town Stables alongside his wife Cathy, has watched this dramatic role change hundreds of times. But one mare on his farm in particular has excelled above and beyond both on the track and with a foal by her side. She won 13 of her 15 starts, never finishing worse than second, and...

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Saturday’s Insights: $800K Tapit Colt Returns at GP

5th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, 7ff, 2:46 p.m. ET Shadwell Stables' ASHIHAM (Tapit), an $800,000 Keeneland September yearling, debuts for trainer Todd Pletcher after finishing an even fourth in his career bow for Kiaran McLaughlin going six furlongs at the Hallandale oval Feb. 29. The chestnut is out of Wine Princess (Ghostzapper), a graded stakes winning daughter of Hall of Famer Azeri (Jade Hunter). At Pletcher's Palm Beach Downs training base, the May foal worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Apr. 18. Jockey Luis Saez, whose book is now managed by...

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Littleprincessemma Foals Half-Sister to American Pharoah

Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman), dam of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), produced a Tapit filly around 10 p.m. on Easter at Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Weighing in at over 130 pounds, the filly was born chestnut with three white socks and a unique semi-circle on her forehead. However, the silver around her eyes and muzzle and flecked through her coat indicate she will turn gray like her famed sire. "She was a very large foal and probably the longest legged foal Emma has ever...

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Sunday’s Racing Insights: Salty Maidens on Tap at Gulfstream on Easter Sunday

4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:27 p.m. The rail-drawn THE GIRL HERSELF (American Pharoah) gets her career started. Todd Pletcher also saddled the Michael Tabor colorbearer's half-sister Circular Quay (Thunder Gulch) to a win in the 2006 GI Hopeful S. and runner-up finish in that term's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Girl Herself worked a four-furlong bullet in :49 (1/13) at Palm Beach Downs Apr. 5. Nikki and Papa (Mineshaft) takes on maidens for the first time after a pair of graded attempts, including a third-place finish after ducking...

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In Sharper Focus: Golden Tapit

Unbeaten on grass and certainly bred to be any kind, the very promising Golden Tapit (Tapit) posted his second straight decision for trainer Brendan Walsh in impressive fashion over the Gulfstream lawn Saturday. Off a beat slow--just like he was in his previous attempt while earning his diploma negotiating an additional furlong in Hallandale Feb. 8--the lightly raced 4-year-old son of Broodmare of the Year Fun House was on the move while riding the rail heading into the clubhouse turn in the one-mile allowance. Under a snug hold by Luis...

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