With his May 19 birthday, Cupid wasn’t likely to be at his best as a 2yo, but as a sophomore he posted three Gr.2 victories. Fully mature as a 4yo, the son of Tapit became a Gr.1 winner in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. His dam, the stakes-placed Pretty ’n Smart, has four SWs to her credit, including the speedy performers Ashley’s Kitty and Heart Ashley. Cupid’s pedigree therefore represents a mix of speed and stamina.
The STORM CAT line has been a fertile source of Graded winners by Tapit, with mares by nine different sons supplying Graded winners. Among them are GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, FOREST WILDCAT and FORESTRY. Other sons of Tapit have Graded winners out of daughters of STORM CAT, FORESTRY, HARLAN’S HOLIDAY, HENNY HUGHES (the excellent Monomoy Girl), MR SEKIGUCHI and GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.
Although Tapit has two lines of Mr Prospector, he owes numerous GSWs to mares from this line. Among the stallions involved were CARSON CITY, SEEKING THE GOLD, WOODMAN, GONE WEST and his sons ELUSIVE QUALITY, GRAND SLAM, JOHAR and MR GREELEY, as well as FORTY NINER’s son DISTORTED HUMOR.
Tapit has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners from daughters of UNBRIDLED’S SONG, which are therefore inbred 3x3 to UNBRIDLED. Tapit also has 25% SWs from daughters of EMPIRE MAKER, notably siring the Gr.1 winner Valiance, while his son Constitution sired the Gr.2 winner Amalfi Sunrise from another. His Gr.1 winner Sweet Loretta is inbred 3x3 to Unbridled and Gr.2 winner Tacitus is inbred 3x4. His Gr.1 winner Ring Weekend is inbred 4x3 to FAPPIANO.
Four of Tapit’s Graded winners, including two Gr.1 winners, have second dams by ALYDAR.
VICE REGENT has played his part in Tapit’s success story, with his son DEPUTY MINISTER ranking as broodmare sire of those top-class colts Tapizar and Frosted. Another of Tapit’s sons has a Gr.1 winner out of a GHOSTZAPPER mare.
Tapit’s Gr.1 winner Laragh has an EL PRADO dam. SADLER’S WELLS sired the second dam of Gr.2 winner Lani.
Tapit has several good winners inbred to SEATTLE SLEW. Gr.1 winners Frosted and Tapwrit are 4x4 while Gr.2 winner Dancing House & Gr.3 winner Touching Beauty are inbred 4x3. Gr.1 winner Sweet Loretta is inbred 3x4 to A.P. INDY.
Tapit has Gr.1 winners from mares by KRIS S. and his son PRIZED, the latter is broodmare sire of Untapable. Tapwrit has a second dam by HAWKSTER.
DIXIELAND BAND and DIXIE UNION are among the broodmare sires of Tapit’s Gr.2 winners. Tapit’s son Constitution has a Gr.3 winner with a dam by DIXIE UNION.
Tapit has two Graded winners from 5 foals out of mares by HARD SPUN.
Constitution, a son of Tapit sired the multiple Gr.1 winner Tiz The Law from a daughter of TIZNOW.
PLEASANT COLONY sired the dam of Tonalist, as well as the second dam of Gr.1 winner Zazu and Gr.2 winner Flashback, while his son CHEROKEE COLONY sired the second dam of Gr.1 winner Laragh.
PRIVATE ACCOUNT is broodmare sire of Gr.2 winner Trappe Shot, while his son Privately Held is broodmare sire of Gr.1 winner Creator.