June 15, 2016
Source: Blood-Horse Daily

Pedigree Analysis with Alan Porter

The dirt stakes on the Belmont Stakes pre- sented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) card turned out to benefit A.P. Indy-line stallions. Flatter’s son Economic Model won the Easy Goer Stakes, Mal- ibu Moon’s daughter Carina Mia won the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), and Bernardini’s daughter Cavort- ing took the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I).

Flatter, Malibu Moon, and Bernardini are all sons of A.P. Indy, but the A.P. Indy-line stallion that really hit the jackpot was his grandson Tapit.

Tapit’s son Frosted produced an extraor- dinary performance to win the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, beating another Tapit son in Anchor Down, while in the Belmont Stakes, sons of Tapit finished first (Crea- tor) and third (Lani).

Frosted finished second in last year’s Belmont Stakes, but prior to the Met Mile his most notable successes had come in the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) and Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), both at 1 1/8 miles.

Ability in the mile range is consistent with Frosted’s pedigree. Like another Tapit, the Breed- ers’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tapizar, Frosted is out of a mare by Deputy Minister. Frosted’s dam is Fast Cookie, winner of the Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at 8 1/2 furlongs and runner-up in the Asta- rita Stakes (gr. II) over 6 1/2 furlongs.

Fast Cookie is a half sister to champion 2-year-old male Midshipman (by Unbridled’s Song, a son of Tapit’s broodmare sire Unbri- dled), out of the multiple graded stakes winner Fleet Lady. She is by Avenue of Flags, a son of Tapit’s great-grandsire Seattle Slew, making Frosted one of 11 Tapit stakes winners with a double of Seattle Slew.

Although horses best in the mile-to 1 1/8-miles range are what one might expect of Tapit, he’s building quite a record in the Belmont Stakes, with Creator, Lani, and Frosted combining with the 2014 winner Tonalist to give Tapit two winners, a second, and a third in three years.

The key is probably that Tapit is a class influ- ence who can respond to stamina in the back- ground of his mares. Tonalist is out of a mare by Pleasant Colony, a consistent influence for ability over a distance of ground, and Lani’s dam is a stoutly bred daughter of Sunday Silence.

Creator’s dam, the Peruvian-bred More- na (by Private Ac- count’s staying son, Privately Held), was a champion in her native country, where she was a group I winner at 1 1/2 miles; she was also grade I-placed at 1 1/4 miles in the U.S. The second dam is by Belmont Stakes scorer Summing, and the family goes back to a half sister to Brown Bud, who won the 1927 Travers Midsummer Derby and sired the third dam of Secretariat.

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