With his May 19 birthday, Cupid wasn’t likely to be at his best as a 2yo, but this $900,000 yearling made up for lost time as a sophomore, posting Gr.2 victories in the Rebel Stakes, Indiana Derby and West Virginia Derby. Fully mature as a 4yo, Cupid became a Gr.1 winner with a dominant display in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
The son of Tapit comes from an accomplished female line. His dam, the stakes-placed Pretty ’n Smart, has four stakes winners to her credit, including the speedy performers Ashley’s Kitty (Gr.3 Railbird Stakes over 7f) and Heart Ashley (a dual Gr.3 winner over 6f). Cupid’s pedigree therefore represents a mix of speed and stamina, and his female line’s speed will help him sire juvenile winners. Tapit has earned a 2YO Sire’s Championship as well as his three General Sires Championships.
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 and FORESTRY. Harlan’s sons HARLAN’S HOLIDAY and MENIFEE have daughters with Gr.2 winners by Tapit, so INTO MISCHIEF comes into the picture. Other sons of Tapit have Graded winners out of daughters of STORM CAT, HENNY HUGHES and GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.
Although Tapit has two lines of Mr Prospector, he owes numerous Graded stakes winners to mares from the Mr Prospector line. Among the stallions involved were CARSON CITY, WOODMAN, GONE WEST, GRAND SLAM, JOHAR, MR GREELEY, DISTORTED HUMOR and EDITOR’S NOTE.
Significantly, the fact that Tapit has a dam by UNBRIDLED hasn’t stopped him siring Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners from daughters of UNBRIDLED’S SONG, which are inbred 3x3 to UNBRIDLED. Tapit has 20% black-type winners from daughters of EMPIRE MAKER. His Gr.1 2yo winner Sweet Loretta is also inbred 3x3 to Unbridled and his high-class 2019 3yo Tacitus is inbred 3x4, while 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.
A notable aspect of Cupid’s pedigree is that his dam has the brothers Viceregal and Vice Regent in the third and second generations of her pedigree. VICE REGENT has played his part in Tapit’s success story, with his son DEPUTY MINISTER ranking as the broodmare sire of those top-class colts Tapizar and Frosted. Cupid could suit mares by DEPUTY MINISTER line stallions and another of Tapit’s sons already has a Gr.1 winner out of a GHOSTZAPPER mare.
EL PRADO and his son MEDAGLIA D’ORO are among the broodmare sires of Tapit’s stakes winners, with the Gr.1 winner Laragh having an EL PRADO dam. SADLER’S WELLS sired the second dam of Gr.2 winner Lani.
Although Tapit is by Pulpit, a grandson of SEATTLE SLEW, the great Triple Crown winner also appears on the dam’s side of several of his good winners. Frosted and Tapwrit are inbred 4x4. Gr.2 winner Dancing House and Gr.3 winner Touching Beauty are inbred 4x3 to SEATTLE SLEW. Cupid could be tried with mares by such as BERNARDINI, MALIBU MOON and MINESHAFT, which create 4x3 to A.P. Indy. The Gr.1 winner Sweet Loretta is inbred 3x4 to A.P. INDY.
Tapit has sired Gr.1 winners from mares by KRIS S. and his son PRIZED, the latter being the broodmare sire of Untapable. Tapwrit has a second dam by Roberto’s grandson HAWKSTER. DIXIELAND BAND and DIXIE UNION are among the broodmare sires of Tapit’s Gr.2 winners.Tapit has two Graded winners from four foals out of mares by HARD SPUN. PLEASANT COLONY sired the dam of the top-class Tonalist, as well as the second dam of Gr.1 winner Zazu, while his son CHEROKEE COLONY sired the second dam of Gr.1 winner Laragh.
PRIVATE ACCOUNT is the broodmare sire of the Gr.2 winner Trappe Shot, while his son Privately Held is the broodmare sire of Gr.1 winner Creator.