“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is the perfect shorthand for why we are recommending that Wild For Love visit the proven sire of winners and stakes winners Tapiture in 2023. As the dam of a multiple stakes-winning earner of over a quarter-million dollars by a son of Tapit, as well as a gorgeous colt of 2022 by a son of Tapit’s sire Pulpit, we think it makes all the sense in the world to go right back to that well in 2023.
As successful as Wild For Love’s son Local Motive (by the Maryland-based stallion Divining Rod) has been, we like her chances even more with Tapiture for a couple of reasons. Firstly, 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 1.17). His 17 career stakes winners is good for 5% of his foals aged 3YO and up, plus he has four black-type 2YOs already to his credit in 2022. And his 150 winners in 2022 puts him second in the country behind only Into Mischief and ahead of Munnings, despite having 200 fewer starters to his credit than the former, and 50 fewer than the latter.
And secondly, from just four foals of racing age out of Not For Love mares, Tapiture has sired four winners (100%), two of which are stakes winners (50%, including Wasabi’s own Why Not Tonight), while a third is black-type placed (and was a three-time winner in 2022). TrueNicks calls this an “A++”, and we don’t blame them, even with the small sample size. We would speculate that it’s success has something to do with the fact that Tapiture’s granddam, Spin n Win, is by Private Account, who is a half-brother to Not For Love’s dam Dance Number — meaning that every horse bred on this cross has Rasmussen Factor inbreeding 5×4 (sex-balanced) to the champion and Blue Hen Phipps mare Numbered Account. But whatever the reason, it’s clearly a great nick.
A couple of additional points suggest this should be a successful mating on pedigree: Wild For Love’s dam Sticky is by Concern, a son of Broad Brush, and the cross of Broad Brush-line mares with Tapit-line stallions rates an “A+” on TrueNicks with recent G1W Proxy having joined previous G1W Testa Matta and a pair of G2Ws bred this way. Then Tapit’s broodmare sire, Unbridled, is a 3/4-brother to Sticky’s broodmare sire Pentelicus, meaning this foal will have the great Tartan Farms mare Charedi appearing 6×5 (sex-balanced).
Physically this is a nice pairing of like-to-like, with both Tapiture and Wild For Love being medium-sized, well-made horses with loads of quality, and we cannot wait for their foal to reach the races!
Local Motive wins the 2021 James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel