Stardom Bound: one of Tapit's earlier female flagbearersPICTURE: Harry How/Getty Images
Yet another top-class filly for Gainesway sire Tapit
GAINESWAY stallion Tapit has another top filly to add to his progeny record in the shape of Zazu, who upset last year's Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner Turbulent Descent to land the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Zazu is Tapit's fifth top-flight scorer since his first two-year-olds hit the track in 2008. And all five are female - the others being champion juvenile filly Stardom Bound, Alabama Stakes winner Careless Jewel, Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner Laragh and Debutante Stakes winner Tell A Kelly.
Tapit also sired 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf winner Tapitsfly.
Zazu has arrived on the big-race scenejust months after her owners Jerry and Ann Moss retired their brilliant racemare Zenyatta. The Mosses bought her for $285,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Out of the winning Mr Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu is a half-sister to Art Princess, trained by Barry Hills to run second to Please Sing in the 2008 Cherry Hinton Stakes.
Tapit, a son of Pulpit from the family of Rubiano, stands at Gainesway in Kentucky for a fee of $80,000 in 2011.
Gulfstream's meeting saw Giant's Causeway, who had Gr 1 winners on both sides of the Atlantic last season, secure his first top level success of 2011 when the home-bred Giant Oak secured the Donn Handicap over 1m1f ondirt.
Bred by Virginia H Tarra Trust, the five-year-old has two-full-sisters who have also picked up black-type: Listed-winning and Grade 3-placed Apple Martini and Listed-placed Cause She's Crafty. They are out of the Crafty Prospector mare Crafty Oak, who was another stakes performer on the Hawthorne/Hoosier Park circuit.
On the same card, Teaks North's 25-1 victory in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap continued an eye catching run for Taylor Made Farm stallion Northern Afleet, who sired three out of six winners on a card restricted to Florida and California-breds at Gulfstream on January 29