Tapizar: seeking to redress the balance between Tapit's Grade 1-performing colts and filliesPICTURE: Alex Evers/EquiSport photos
Tapit colt dazzles in return at Santa Anita
Santa Anita: San Fernando Stakes (Grade 2), 1m 1/2f, 4yo
TAPIZAR (4 c Tapit - Winning Call by Deputy Minister)
Bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC in USA
ONE time Kentucky Derby hopeful Tapizar served notice that he will be a force in the American older division on Sunday when turning in a dominant front-running victory for Steve Asmussen in the San Fernando Stakes.
Tapizar races for his breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds, who also campaigned his sire Tapit to three victories led by the 2004 Grade 1 Wood Memorial.
Tapizar is one of 16 Graded stakes winners by Gainesway Farm's Tapit, who started his stud career by standing for just $15,000. Although the son of Pulpit is the sire of six Grade 1 winners, all bar Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero Hansen are fillies, and those connected to the stallion will hoping Tapizar is a colt who can redress that balance. Tapit will stand for $125,000 in 2012.
Tapizar is the best of four winnersout of Winning Call, a minor winner in America at four. The daughter of Deputy Minister is out of Grade 2 winner Call Now and from the further family of Grade 1 scorers Cuvee and Pyro, another son of Pulpit once campaigned by the Winchell family.
Winning Call has a two-year-old and yearling colt from the first and second crops of Zanjero.