As a half-sister to the multiple stakes-winning earner of over a quarter-million dollars Local Motive, by a son of Tapit, we are interested in trying Unrequited Love — a quarter-million dollar earner herself — with stallions from that sire-line to kick off her breeding career. After a visit to the promising and well-bred (but so far unproven) Tacitus in 2023, she will next visit the veteran sire of winners and stakes winners Tapiture in 2024.
Tapiture has consistently ranked near the top of his sire-class across all metrics, slotting in among stallions with significantly higher stud fees than what he has ever charged (like Constitution, American Pharoah, Liam’s Map, Honor Code, etc) and with much less help from his mates (his lifetime CI is just 1.14). He has 23 career stakes winners, including 2023 multiple G3W and G1P Repo Rocks, plus 34 more black-type runners.
Tapiture has already had success with mares from the Gone West sire-line like Unrequited Love (who is the second leading earner by the Speightstown son Despite the Odds), including stakes winners Vertical Threat and Brewhouse and two additional black-type horses among 21 winners from just 31 runners bred this way (TrueNicks calls it a “B”).
Going back a generation, Tapiture has sired just four foals out of Not For Love mares like Unrequited Love’s dam Wild For Love, all four of which are winners, two of which are stakes winners (including the aforementioned MG3W/G1P Repo Rocks, who earned a huge Beyer of 111 in taking the G3 Toboggan at Aqueduct earlier this season) with a third black-type runner, as well. We think this high rate of success could have a lot to do with the fact that Tapiture and Not For Love both have the Blue Hen Numbered Account in their pedigrees, and inbreeding to her has been a successful pattern, generally. The foal from this pairing will have Numbered Account 5×5.
And then Despite the Odds is out of a daughter of Cozzene, who rates an “A++” on TrueNicks with Tapiture based on a trio of stakes winners from 19 runners by Tapit-line stallions out of Cozzene mares.
So there is an awful lot to like about this matchup, including also the physicals of the two horses involved: both Tapiture and Unrequited Love are medium-sized, well-made horses with loads of quality (she was actually rated third in her class at the MHBA Yearling Show by renowned trainer Michael Stidham a few years back). And as a young broodmare, breeding her to a proven horse will give us a good handle on her abilities as a producer. So this is a foal that we’ll be very excited to see when it arrives in 2025, and when it hits the track after that!
Local Motive wins the 2021 James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel