Zenyatta's Next Mating: Tapit

Tapit Photo: Gainesway

Jerry and Ann Moss announced today that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who foaled a colt by Bernardini (TrueNicks,SRO) on March 8, will be bred back to Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO) in 2012.

The Mosses already have some familiarity with Tapit, having raced 2011 Lady's Secret and Las Virgenes (both gr. I) winner Zazu. Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu is the most successful racehorse to date bred on the cross of Tapit with mares by Mr. Prospector and his sons and grandsons—the cross that Zenyatta's Tapit foal will be bred on.

In terms of stakes winner strike rate, this cross is in line with average for the sire and the broodmare sire line (TrueNicks C rating). There are 59 starters by Tapit out of Mr. Prospector line mares, getting 40 winners and four stakes winners, including the aforementioned Zazu, grade II winner Headache, listed winners Bandbox and Never Right Joey, and grade II-placed Tempted to Tapit and Tap for Luck.

Click to view the TrueNicks report for Tapit-Zenyatta

A winner of the grade I Wood Memorial (video), Tapit was the third betting choice behind Smarty Jones (TrueNicks,SRO) and Lion Heart (TrueNicks) in the sloppy 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He retired the following year to Gainesway for a fee of $15,000.

Tapit wasted no time establishing himself as one of Kentucky's preeminent sires. From his first crop came 2-year-old champion filly Stardom Bound, who helped propel him to champion first crop sire honors over Lion Heart, Candy Ride (ARG) (TrueNicks,SRO), Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO), and Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO). Also in Tapit's first crop were grade I-winning fillies Laragh and Careless Jewel, and Japanese group I winner Testa Matta.

Tapit's latest success is champion 2-year-old colt Hansen (TrueNicks), who will make his next start in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Other top offspring of Tapit include Tell a Kelly, Concord Point (TrueNicks,SRO), Joyful Victory, Tapitsfly, Tapizar, and Trappe Shot (TrueNicks,SRO). Tapit currently ranks second behind Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO) on the 2012 general sires list and stands for a $125,000 fee.

Zenyatta and her 2012 Bernardini colt Photo: Mathea Kelley and Team Zenyatta

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