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OBS has turned itself into the national and international sales facility for sales of 2-year-olds in training


Anyone who thought he might “steal” a few Tapizars at the sales of 2-year-olds in training was surely disabused of that idea after one of the stallion’s first-crop daughters brought $800,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s auction of juveniles at Gulfstream Park on March .

Even allowing for the fact that the high-priced filly was a lovely individual who worked very well, the offspring of Tapizar appear to be following in the hoofprints of first-crop sires like Uncle Mo and Super Saver the past couple of years. The Tapizars are showing speed, good maturity, good balance, and good minds.

Those are the basics for getting young stock to the sales of 2-year-olds in training. Tapizar, like some of the better freshmen sires before, is getting the basics in a sizable proportion of his young athletes, and the professionals in the selling and buying of racing prospects have noticed.

To do that, Tapizar fills the bill for a variety of reasons. He is a bit bigger than an average Tapit, and one of the knocks on the early Tapits was that they weren’t “big enough” till the lads and lasses by the nation’s leading sire started filling up the winner’s circles around the country.

Nothing succeeds like success.

And Tapizar is one of many young sons of Tapit who are held in high esteem and who are promising good things for the future. In Tapizar, the size requirement that some buyers find irresistible is present, and that is probably due to the young stallion’s broodmare sire Deputy Minister, a champion 2-year-old of great size and class who passed on his scope and athleticism to a large number of his offspring, including champion Dehere and leading sire Silver Deputy.

The key to the Tapizars, however, is that they all seem to have ability. They are showing speed without having to be asked hard, according to consignors, and they appear to be taking their training well. We can surmise that the prospects are bright for these young horses and for their connections.

Racing cannot have too many good ones.

From the sales of horses in training at Fasig-Tipton and at OBS in March, the results for Tapizar look like this:

30 10.0 C Tapizar x Introvert Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XXVI 185,000 Not Sold
67 10.0 C Tapizar x Lady Malkin Eddie Woods, Agent XLVII Patricia’s Hope LLC 180,000
107 10.1 C Tapizar x Midwife Paul Sharp, Agent V 70,000 Not Sold
188 10.1 C Tapizar x Princess Turandot SAB Sales (Scott A. Bergsrud), Agent II Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners 175,000
290 9.4 C Tapizar x Starlight Lady Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent I 145,000 Not Sold
401 Out C Tapizar x Ammalu Sequel Bloodstock, Agent Withdrawn Out
435 20.3 C Tapizar x Black Chocolate Thoroughbred Champions Training Center LLC, Agent K.R.A. 150,000
508 Out F Tapizar x Diamondsareforesta Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XI Withdrawn Out
547 Out C Tapizar x Ever Appealing McKathan Bros., Agent V Withdrawn Out
574 10.0 F Tapizar x Foxy Friend Cary Frommer, Agent IV Narvick International 295,000

With seven going through the ring at OBS March, four sold for an average of $200,000, with a median price of $177,500.

Of those who sold at OBS March, the last one through the ring, Hip 574, brought the high price of the Tapizar 2-year-olds. She is a half-sister to Tap for Luck (Tapit), who was second in the G3 Tempted Stakes and third in the G2 Demoiselle. They are out of a half-sister to G3 winner Freefourracing (French Deputy), who was produced by stakes winner Gerri n Jo Go (Top Command), a full sister to major winner Five Star Flight (Haskell, Jersey Derby) and a half-sister to Whatsyourpleasure (What a Pleasure) and Larla (Singh).

We will certainly be seeing more stock by Tapizar at the upcoming sales of 2-year-olds. Barretts has a trio by Tapizar. At the OBS April sale, there are nine juveniles by Tapizar listed in the catalog, as well as an undetermined number at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic and at Barretts May because their catalogs are not yet out.