03/25/2016 3:25PM

Dam of Tapit dies at 20


Tap Your Heels, a stakes winner and the dam of record-breaking sire Tapit, died Thursday due to foaling complications. She was 20.

Owner Barouche Stud, which announced the mare’s death Friday on its Facebook page, said the foal, a Super Saver colt, had survived. Tap Your Heels resided at Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Ky., for her Irish-based owners.

“We would like to thank Gerry Dilger and all his staff at Dromoland Farm, who have looked after her like royalty over the past 15 years,” read a statement on the Barouche Stud Facebook page. “She will be sadly missed by her owner, Mrs. Barbara Facchino, and all at Barouche Stud and Dromoland Farms.”

Bred in Virginia by Heronwood Farm, Tap Your Heels sold for $85,000 at the 1997 Keeneland July yearling sale and raced for owner Jayeff B Stables and trainer Alan Goldberg. The daughter of Unbridled won once in nine starts across the East Coast, with her win coming in the Hildene Stakes at Colonial Downs.

A half-sister to champion sprinter and sire Rubiano, Tap Your Heels was a coveted broodmare at auction, selling to Oldenburg Farm for $750,000 while carrying her first foal, by Pulpit. That foal would become Tapit, first a Grade 1 winner and later North America’s most prolific and coveted commercial sire.

Tapit was North America’s leading sire in 2014 and 2015, setting the record for total progeny earnings in both campaigns. Tapit’s foals are routinely sought after at auction, highlighted by a half-sister to champion Honor Code who sold for $3 million at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale to become the most expensive weanling ever sold at public auction. The record was eclipsed the following year.

Tapit resides at Gainesway in Lexington, where he stands for an advertised fee of $300,000, giving him the highest public fee in the U.S.

Tap Your Heels was put through the ring again in 2002, this time in foal to Forestry, bringing $900,000 from Facchino, doing business as Nesco, and later Barouche Stud. She was offered one last time at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale but finished under her reserve, with a final bid of $1.8 million.

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Tap Your Heels produced 12 foals, with four winners from six foals to race, including the multiple stakes-placed Overandabeauty. The early success of Tapit made the mare’s foals a commodity in the sale ring, including the $1 million juvenile Aldrin, $750,000 yearling Overandabeauty, $520,000 2-year-old Kalavinka, and $500,000 yearling Click Your Heels.

Daughters of Tap Your Heels have proven to be prominent producers themselves, including Home From Oz, the dam of multiple Grade 2 winner Madefromlucky and Japanese stakes-placed A Shin Gold, and Overandabeauty, the dam of stakes winner Noble and a Beauty.