Tapizar (Tapit–Winning Call, by Deputy Minister), who was set to be shipped to Japan to stand stud at Yushun Stallion Station for the 2021 season, was euthanized after an accident in his stall at the Gainesway quarantine barn Tuesday night. The 12-year-old was scheduled to travel in mid-January.
“It is with great sadness that Gainesway confirms the sudden and tragic loss of Tapizar,” said Gainesway Farm's General Manager Brian Graves in a statement. “Our hearts go out to all of those involved.”
Tapizar's top produce is the seven-time Grade I winner and soon-to-be two-time champion Monomoy Girl, a $9.5 million FTKNOV purchase by Spendthrift following her second GI Breeders' Cup Distaff win. He is the third-leading sire by cumulative earnings from his crop year, and is also third on this year's year-to-date fifth-crop list. He is also the sire of GIII Delaware Oaks winner Project Whiskey, as well as four other graded stakes winners, 10 black-type winners and 24 black-type horses. In all his progeny have earned over $22 million.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred won six of his 14 races, topped by the 2012 GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and GII San Fernando S. Tapizar had stood at Gainesway since his retirement in 2013.