02/20/2008 1:00AM

Tapit should become standout sire


LAS VEGAS - Tapit heads this final installment examining the 2008 freshman sires.

Lightly raced, Tapit won 3 of 6 starts, including the Wood Memorial and Laurel Futurity. His stakes-winning dam, Tap Your Heels (Unbridled), is a half-sister to champion sprinter Rubiano; his second dam was a half-sister to Glitterman; and his stakes-winning third dam, Moon Glitter, was a full sister to stakes winner and outstanding sire Relaunch. By the successful sire Pulpit, I expect Tapit to be the next big sire from a stallion-making female family.

Tapit (Pulpit-Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled). While his runners should win at 2, they will be better at 3 and older, when they have a chance to stretch out beyond one mile. Because Tapit's two biggest victories were on dirt, his runners may be ignored on grass, which would be a big mistake. As a hidden turf sire, many of Pulpit's runners have enjoyed success on turf, including stakes winners Stroll, Wend, Melhor Ainda, Ecclesiastic, Rutherienne, Lydgate, Namaste's Wish, and Bsharpsonata.

Ten Most Wanted (Deputy Commander-Wanted Again, by Criminal Type). Second in his only start at 2, Ten Most Wanted was slow to mature but developed into a major 3-year-old, winning the Travers Stakes and Super and Illinois derbies. He was also second to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes and runner-up in the Swaps. His foals will be slow-maturing animals who will crave distances longer than nine furlongs on all surfaces.

Tenpins (Smart Strike-Maid's Broom, by Deputy Minister). Tenpins won or placed in nine stakes from 17 starts. His most important victories were the Washington Park Handicap, Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Prairie Meadows Cornhusker BC Handicap. By Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, English Channel, Fabulous Strike, and Canadian Horse of the Year Soaring Free), his second dam is a half-sister to Spanish horse of the year Petit Loup, Canadian champion Bounding Away, and stakes winner and major sire Ascot Knight. His runners should be at their best at 3 and older on all surfaces.

Teton Forest (Forestry-Tomorrow's Child by Al Nasr). Unraced at 2, Teton Forest displayed the high speed of his sire by winning the Jerome Handicap and finishing second in the Riva Ridge Stakes at 3. Out of a multiple stakes winner, Teton Forest is a half-brother to stakes winner Tomorrows Cat, and his dam is also a half-sister to stakes winner Pass the Tab. Expect his runners to have high speed on all surfaces and mature into good milers.

The Cliff's Edge (Gulch-Zigember, by Danzig). Winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club and Iroquois stakes at 2, his biggest victory was in the Blue Grass Stakes. While his sire, Gulch, was a champion sprinter on the track, he has proven to be much more than a one-dimensional stallion, siring a bevy of stakes winners at classic distances of 1 1/4 miles and well beyond, on dirt and turf. Racing his entire career on dirt, The Cliff's Edge arguably would have been equally successful on grass with Gulch on top and Danzig on the bottom. Thus, as a HT (hidden turf) sire, his runners could light up the tote board on grass.

Tizbud (Cee's Tizzy-Cee's Song, by Seattle Song). A full brother to Horse of the Year and two-time BC Classic winner Tiznow, multiple stakes winner and BC Classic runner-up Budroyale, and stakes winner Tizdubai, Tizbud won only one stakes, the California Cup Classic Handicap. Not bred to the caliber of mare that Tiznow received, California-based Tizbud's babies should nevertheless have speed in statebred races.

Toccet (Awesome Again-Cozzene's Angel, by Cozzene). Toccet was never as good as he was at 2, when he won 6 of 8 starts, including four stakes - the Champagne, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen, and Laurel Futurity. He won the Widener Stakes and was third in the Cigar Mile behind Congaree and Midas Eyes at 3 and was second to During in the San Fernando Stakes at 4. His babies should have good speed and be quite capable at distances beyond one mile. His sire and damsire also make Toccet a HT sire and suggest his offspring should enjoy grass.

Tomahawk (Seattle Slew-Statuette, by Pancho Villa). A champion at 2 in Ireland, his dam was a multiple stakes winner on grass and is a three-quarter sister to Academy Award and half-sister to Good Mood. His fourth dam is a full sister to 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault, and half-sister to Equal Venture, the dam of major stakes winners Prove Out, Saidam, and Heartland. His runners should have speed on all surfaces.

Tropical Storm (Storm Cat-Pearl City, by Carson City). Unraced at 2, Tropical Storm was just a maiden winner from four starts. As a son of Storm Cat who is closely related to Hennessy, he automatically gets a chance at stud. His 2-year-olds are bred to be best up to 1 1/16 miles on dirt and turf.

Werblin (Unbridled's Song-Roll Over Baby, by Rollin on Over). While he never won a stakes, Werblin had blazing speed and placed in the San Pedro, San Rafael, and San Vicente stakes. He is a full brother to stakes winners Value Plus and Sing Baby Sing, and also a half-brother to Majorbigtimesheet and Roll Hennessy Roll. Werblin should be an excellent sire of 2-year-olds because of this brilliance (speed).