With his May 19 birthday, Cupid wasn’t likely to be at his best as a 2YO, but this 900,000-dollar yearling made up for lost time as a sophomore, posting Gr.2 victories in the Rebel Stakes, Indiana Derby and West Virginia Derby. As a 4YO, Cupid won the Gold Cup at Santa Anita S.-Gr.1 earning a 108 Beyer Speed Figure.
The STORM CAT line has been a fertile source of Graded winners by Tapit, with mares by ten different sons supplying Graded winners. Among them are GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, FOREST WILDCAT 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. Cupid’s Stakes winner God Of Love has a dam by a son of STORM CAT.
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 (three times), SEEKING THE GOLD, WOODMAN, GONE WEST and his sons ELUSIVE QUALITY, GRAND SLAM, JOHAR and MR GREELEY, as well as FORTY NINER’s sons DISTORTED HUMOR and EDITOR’S NOTE.
Tapit is working with mares by STREET CRY and his son STREET SENSE, siring three Gr.2 winners.
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 also has 29% SWs from daughters of EMPIRE MAKER. Cupid has already sired the Stakes winner The Sky Is Falling from an UNBRIDLED line mare.
EL PRADO and his son MEDAGLIA D’ORO are among the broodmare sires of Tapit’s Graded 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 quite a few of his good winners. FROSTED is inbred 4x4, with the second line coming via AVENUE OF FLAGS, and Gr.1 winner Tapwrit is another inbred 4x4. The Gr.1 winner Sweet Loretta is inbred 3x4 to A.P. INDY.
DIXIELAND BAND and DIXIE UNION are among the broodmare sires of Tapit’s Graded winners.
Tapit has two Graded winners from 6 foals out of mares by HARD SPUN, a son of DANZIG.
Another son of Tapit sired the top-class Tiz The Law from a daughter of TIZNOW.