06/01/2015 9:31AM

SirePowered Results: Tapit poised for big Belmont weekend

Barbara D. Livingston
Tonalist is scheduled to start in Saturday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

A year ago, Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes to deny California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid. The victory was one milestone en route to a record-setting season for his sire, Gainesway stallion Tapit.

This season, Tapit finds himself in a similar position. Already atop the general sire standings by a wide margin, he is represented in the Belmont by Grade 1 winner Frosted, among those seeking to derail dual classic winner American Pharoah. The stakes-loaded Belmont card could be huge for Tapit, as his representatives are also expected to include Tonalist and champion Untapable. According to DRF’s SirePowered Results, the trio of high-caliber runners are among eight graded stakes winners already this season for Tapit.

The co-highest Beyer Speed Figure of that group belongs to Tonalist, who posted a 111 when romping in the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes at Belmont in his season debut. That matched the figure earned by Constitution winning the Grade 1 Donn Handicap earlier this season.

Tonalist is expected to start in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on the Belmont undercard. He will be seeking his fifth graded stakes victory on the New York oval after taking the Belmont, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in 2014, as well as the Westchester this year.

Eclipse Award winner Untapable, coming off a win in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April at Oaklawn Park, is looking for the sixth Grade 1 score of her career in the Ogden Phipps Stakes on the Belmont undercard. The filly – a homebred for Winchell Thoroughbreds, which campaigned her sire – earned a divisional championship last season when she posted victories in the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. 

Frosted came into prominence with a victory in the Wood Memorial in April, posting a Beyer of 103, according to SirePowered Results. Four weeks later, the colt finished a creditable fourth in the Kentucky Derby when attempting to rally into a tepid pace. He now comes into the marathon Belmont a fresh horse for owner and breeder Godolphin.

Tapit’s other graded stakes winners this season are Ring Weekend, who took the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf; Race Day, winner of the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and Grade 3 Razorback Handicap; Grade 3 Lexington Stakes winner Divining Rod; and Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes winner Mufajaah.

Tapit, a son of the late Pulpit, won 3 of 6 starts during his own racing career, highlighted by the Wood Memorial and the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity. He entered stud at Gainesway in 2005 and promptly sired Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Stardom Bound from his first crop, placing him atop the freshman sire standings for 2008. He quickly ascended the ranks, finishing as the third-leading general sire in 2011, when Hansen won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to earn a divisional championship. He was fourth in the standings in 2012 and seventh in 2013 before his breakthrough season in 2014, when his runners bankrolled a single-season record of $16,813,536, placing him more than $4 million ahead of his closest pursuer.

In addition to aforementioned classic winner Tonalist, Eclipse Award champions Untapable, Stardom Bound, and Hansen, and Grade 1 winners Frosted, Constitution, and Ring Weekend, Tapit’s top runners include Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar; Grade 1 winners Careless Jewel, Dance Card, Joyful Victory, Laragh, Tapitsfly, Tell a Kelly, and Zazu; and Japanese Group 1 winner Testa Matta. Through May 31, he had reached the milestone of 500 career winners, including 64 stakes winners. His runners have bankrolled a total of $76,633,098, a healthy average of $115,935 per runner.

Get complete results for Tapit and other stallions using DRF’s SirePowered Results, now with international results. To access the app, click here.