Stallion News: Tonalist Son of Tapit at Lane’s End
Tapit keep on producing high quality horses year after year, his stud fee of $350,000 looks cheap considering the last 12 months of success.
One of Tapit’s progeny now standing at Lane’s End looks ready to make his own mark as a sire, Tonalist.
Tonalist goes to stud as the best son of America’s best sire Tapit, but his profile, or at least breeders’ perception of his profile is rather different than Tapit’s. In addition to being a G1 winner at 3 at 9 furlongs, Tapit was an undefeated G3 winner at 2, giving him the superior 2-year-old form breeders tend to desire.
Tonalist is a classic racehorse with a classic pedigree, and although that is what every racehorse owner and breeder says they want, what they buy is speed and precocity. Thus it makes sense to emphasize speed and precocity elements in mares chosen for Tonalist. That way he can be positioned as the sire to bring out classicism in speed pedigrees.
Tapit has enjoyed considerable success with broodmare sires noted for their speed both as racehorses and sires, notably Distorted Humor Constitution), Mr. Greeley (Zazu, Flashback), More Than Ready (Race Day), Carson City (Teen Pauline) and most particularly Storm Cat and/or his sons
(Hansen, Careless Jewel, Tell a Kelly, Coup de Grace, Just Wicked, Diviningrod, Cassatt).
I would push Storm Cat line mares heavily, and it’s bound to be rated an A nick by the nicking services, which is a big selling point for a lot of breeders.
Tonalist won six Graded Stakes from a mile to a mile and a half with earnings over $3.6m. He has run triple digit Beyers in all of his seven starts in 2015, including the Cigar Mile (G1) and a repeat win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). Through sixteen lifetime starts, nine of which came in G1 company, he’s been off the board only twice. First mares in foal sold up to $300,000 at KEENOV.
WON Jockey Club Gold Cup S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., in 2:02.12, by 1 3/4 lengths, defeating Zivo, Long River, etc.), Belmont S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/2 mi., in 2:28.52, defeating Commissioner, Medal Count, California Chrome, etc.), Peter Pan S. [G2] at Belmont Park (1 1/8 mi., in 1:48.30, by 4 lengths, defeating Commissioner, Irish You Will, Matterhorn, etc.), 2nd Jim Dandy S. [G2] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., in 1:49.16, to Wicked Strong defeating Kid Cruz, Commanding Curve, etc.), 3rd Travers S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/4 mi., in 2:02.93, to V. E. Day, Wicked Strong, defeating Kid Cruz, Mr Speaker, Viva Majorca, etc.).
WON Cigar Mile H. [G1] at Aqueduct (1 mi., in 1:37.14, defeating Red Vine, Matrooh, Mshawish, etc.), WON Jockey Club Gold Cup S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., in 2:02.16, by 4 3/4 lengths, defeating Effinex, Coach Inge, Locks to Spare, etc.),Westchester S. [G3] at Belmont Park (1 mi., in 1:34.07, by 3 3/4 lengths, defeating Confrontation, Souper Lucky, Juba), 2nd Metropolitan H. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 mi., in 1:33.18, to Honor Code, defeating Private Zone, Tamarkuz, Wicked Strong, etc.), Suburban H. [G2] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., in 2:01.55, to Effinex, defeating Coach Inge, Neck ’n Neck, Mylute, etc.), 3rd Whitney S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., to Honor Code, Liam’s Map, defeating Wicked Strong, V. E. Day, Lea, etc.).