05/02/2016 3:41PM

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot

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Trappe Shot

Trappe Shot is at the vanguard of the Tapit movement. He’s just the third son of leading sire Tapit at stud to have foals age 3 or older, and so far, so good. In his first crop, Trappe Shot will be represented by a Kentucky Derby starter in My Man Sam.

There are a number of sons of Tapit at stud (at least 23 in North America, including Tonalist, Constitution, Tapizar, Tapiture), and there will be plenty more going forward with the hottest sire in the land having received increasingly better books of mares since his first foals raced. Tapit will be represented by three starters in the Derby: Mohaymen, Creator, and Lani.

In terms of sons already at stud, Tapit is represented by West Virginia Derby winner Concord Point, who went to stud a year before Trappe Shot and has sired three stakes winners. Another son of Tapit, Tippity Tap, has one winner from three foals lifetime.

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Trappe Shot, out of the Private Account mare Shopping, is from Tapit’s second crop – foals of 2007 – and was conceived on a $15,000 stud fee.

Bred in Florida by Jack Dreyfus’s Hobeau Farm, Trappe Shot was offered at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Timonium May sale of 2-year-olds in training as part of the dispersal of Hobeau. Dreyfus, a pioneer of mutual funds that bear his name, died in March of that year at age 95 after a very long and successful run in the Thoroughbred business. His horses were trained for decades by the late Allen Jerkens.

Trappe Shot was purchased for $850,000 by Steven Young, as agent, a record price for the sale at the time. Much of that was due to his female family. His dam, Shopping, already had produced four stakes winners, including Miss Shop (by Deputy Minister), who won the Grade 1 Personal Ensign and earned more than $1.12 million, and $319,183-earner Bought in Dixie (by Dixieland Band). It’s a solid family that now includes graded stakes winners Power Broker and Tin Type Gal, which were produced by daughters of Shopping.

As a racehorse, Trappe Shot was a bit atypical from the Tapits of today as he was more of a sprint specialist and did his best around one turn, though he could get two turns when asked. Trappe Shot generally displayed good early speed in his races, though he was not often on the lead early, usually attending the pace regardless of the distance.

Turned over to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and campaigned by Mill House Stable, Trappe Shot made but one start at 2, finishing fifth in a maiden race at Saratoga after stumbling at the start, and was put away for the year.
Trappe Shot returned with a vengeance in February at Gulfstream Park, winning his first two starts there, both against statebreds. He won a six-furlong maiden race by 10 1/4 lengths and a 6 1/2-furlong allowance by 12 3/4 lengths.

He won his next two starts, both at longer distances, taking a seven-furlong allowance at Belmont and then the 1 1/16-mile Long Branch at Monmouth, both with a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

His next step up the distance ladder came in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at 1 1/8 miles, and he was second to Lookin At Lucky. He completed the string of all six starts at 3 being at increasingly longer distances by finishing ninth in the 1 1/4-mile Travers, won by Afleet Express.

Trappe Shot returned in sprints at 4, winning his first two starts, an overnight stakes at Belmont and then the Grade 2 True North Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths with a 111 Beyer, his only graded stakes victory.

In the subsequent Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, like the True North at six furlongs, he recorded a career-best 112 Beyer when losing by a nose to Sean Avery.

After finishing fourth in both the Grade 1 Vosburgh and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Trappe Shot was retired with earnings of $703,884 and wins in 6 of his 12 starts.

Trappe Shot went to stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., for the 2012 breeding season at a fee of $10,000, the same fee he has today.

His first crop numbered 96 foals, and he has sired 55 starters (64 percent of foals) and 26 winners (47 percent of starters), with four stakes horses.

While his best runner and leading earner is My Man Sam, his lone stakes winner is Megeve, who won the restricted Sage of Monticello Stakes at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf at Gulfstream in February.

Trappe Shot has 86 foals in his second crop.

As a commercial sire, Trappe Shot has been well received, with an average yearling price of $83,624, more than eight times his stud fee, for 127 yearlings reported sold in his first two crops.