The 2008 leading juvenile and leading freshman sire Tapit is showing his contemporaries no mercy. Having crushed his competition with the juvenile accomplishments of his first crop of racers in 2008, those young athletes are training on and are resoundingly pushing their sire to the top of the heap with their racing at 3.
Last season’s champion juvenile filly, the gray Stardom Bound, won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in her most impressive effort last season and returned to racing with an emphatic victory on Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes.
She overcame difficulty through the stretch to prove much the best and place the other fillies on the West Coast on notice that champ is still the best. Her next assignment will apparently be to challenge the 3-year-old colts in the Santa Anita Derby.
Across the country in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, War Echo trumped her competition with a scintillating performance. War Echo is bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds (which purchased and raced Tapit), and the filly is out of Wild Vision, by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Wild Again. This makes War Echo closely related to last year’s Louisiana Derby winner Pyro. They are both out of Wild Vision, and Pyro is also by Tapit’s sire Pulpit.
As a result this weekend’s stakes successes, Gainesway Farm-based Tapit has two of the hottest fillies in the 3-year-old crop, and his daughter Laragh is also highly ranked in this division.
Tapit, a high-class juvenile himself who improved to win the Wood Memorial at 3, has stamped himself as a much better than average leading freshman sire with his dominance of the entire juvenile sire list, and his stock is continuing to show its superiority.
By leading both the juvenile and freshman sire lists, Tapit is beginning in much the same fashion as top sires like Danzig, Fappiano, and Alydar, who led both lists and grew in stature to become major international influences on the breed.