The single most important tactic that we utilize when planning matings is to try to repeat what has already worked, rather than reinventing the wheel. Wasabi Ventures Stables’ broodmare Wild For Love is now the dam of three winners from her first three foals, and her best runner is the 2021 2YO stakes winner Local Motive — a son of the Maryland-based Tapit son Divining Rod. As such, she’ll head to Taylor Made Farm in 2022 for a visit with the best-bred stallion prospect entering stud next year, Tapit’s multi-million dollar earner Tacitus.
In addition to being a son of multiple leading sire Tapit, Tacitus is out of the Eclipse Champion Older Mare Close Hatches. A Juddmonte homebred (like her son), Close Hatches hails from the direct female family of Blue Hen Best in Show (Tacitus’s 5th dam), and she is sired by another Juddmonte homebred in First Defence (himself a son of G1 Honest Lady, she in turn a daughter of the Juddmonte Blue Hen Toussaud). So this is a pedigree replete with the highest class of runners and producers both top and bottom, and Tacitus did his best to live up to his illustrious lineage, taking the G2 Tampa Bay Derby (in stakes record time) and G2 Wood Memorial, as well as the G2 Suburban, and placing in no fewer than 5 G1s, including a pair of classics. A tall, balanced, strongly-made horse, Tacitus offers mare owners the complete package.
As mentioned above, Wild For Love is the dam of the top Maryland-bred colt of 2021, Local Motive, who is by Divining Rod. In addition to both being sons of Tapit, Divining Rod’s dam is by a son of Storm Cat, while Tacitus’s dam is out of a daughter of Storm Cat.
TrueNicks calls this an “A+” mating based on the success of Tapit and sons with Not For Love mares, and if we take it back another generation on the sire side to include sons of Pulpit, the cross also encompasses the multiple champion California Chrome. If we then go back another generation in Wild For Love’s family, her dam is a daughter of Concern, he a son of Broad Brush, and Broad Brush-line mares have produced 4 black-type winners when crossed with Tapit and his sons, including a G1 winner and a pair of G2 winners.
Physically, Wild For Love is a pretty, well-balanced, medium-sized mare, and Tacitus brings a bit more size and scope to the pairing — which we hope will produce a good-sized and talented foal!
Local Motive wins the 2021 James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel