By Elaine Belval
Trappe Shot won the Long Branch Stakes for owner Mill House and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin very easily on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Alan Garcia, this colt won by two lengths and is one target for the G1 Haskell Invitational S. Trappe Shot made a lot of noise after an impressive allowance victory on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The Long Branch was Trappe Shot’s first stakes start and he stepped up very nicely. Trappe Shot is by Tapit out of the mare Shopping by Private Account, making him a half to three SWs including G1 winner Miss Shop. He has bred by Mill House and sold for $850,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-old in training sale (he was the top selling Tapit 2YO in 2009).
Tapit won the G3 Laurel Futurity at 2 and the G1 Wood Memorial at 3. He retired as one of the first sons of Pulpit (along with Sky Mesa and Stroll) at stud. With champion Stardom Bound in his first crop, Tapit has quickly established Pulpit’s reputation as a burgeoning “sire of sires.” Tapit had a healthy 94 foals in his first crop, but what is remarkable in that is 12 of those 94 foals won black type events (an excellent 13% SWs to foals). Along with champion Stardom Bound, Tapit sired champion As de Trebol (Spain), and G1 winners Careless Jewel (Alabama S.) and Laragh (Hollywood Starlet). From his second crop (3-year-olds of 2010), Tapit has already sired Breeders’ Cup winner Tapitsfly and GSWs Concord Point and Touching Beauty. Tapit has four SWs in 2010, and all are new SWs from his crop of 2007. In fact, with 136 foals in his first two crops, Tapit has sired 79% starters, 60% winners and 10% SWs. Few stallions can match those lifetime statistics, and Tapit has done it with two crops of racing age! Add to this, an Average Earnings Index of 2.67 and a Comparable Index of a modest 1.53, indicating he is improving his mares by over 50%.
And early indicators are Tapit is capable of siring all sorts of runners. From his 17 SWs, he has four 2-year-old SWs including two champions and two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners. Three of 17 SWs won on turf and three of his SWs won on artificial surfaces. And, to top it off, his progeny have won stakes from five to 10 furlongs. Tapit is quickly becoming one of the most successful and versatile stallions in the US. He stands at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky and stood for $50,000 in 2010.
As a final note, another son of Pulpit is off to a promising start. Lucky Pulpit sired the SW Luckarack, winner of the Alameda County S. for 2-year-olds. Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Steven Specht, this colt is undefeated in two starts. Lucky Pulpit has his first crop racing in 2010. A SW from the family of Seattle Song, Lucky Pulpit stands at Harris Farms in California and stood for $2,500 in 2010.
(Elaine Belval is senior pedigree analyst at WTC.)