June 12, 2017 Third Belmont Winner for Tapit
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Champion sire Tapit, whose son Coup De Grace is about to stand his second season at Klawervlei this year, made history on the weekend when his son Tapwrit won the G1 Belmont Stakes –the third leg of the US Triple Crown.
In landing the North American classic, Tapwrit became the third son of Tapit to win the Belmont Stakes in the past four years –having been preceded by Tonalist (2014) and Creator (2016).

Remarkably, the last sire prior to Tapit to achieve a similar feat was Lexington, whose sons General Duke, Kingfisher, and Harry Bassett won in 1868, 1870, and 1871 respectively.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden to victory by Jose Ortiz, Tapwrit pushed his earnings over the $1 000 000 mark with a two length win in Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

He is the 23rd G1 winner for Tapit, who has headed the US General Sires List for the past three years running and who is also responsible for recent G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes winner Cupid.

Multiple graded stakes winner Coup De Grace is the only son of Tapit at stud in South Africa.

A top class sprinter-miler, Coup De Grace emulated current sire sensation Quality Road when he landed the G2 Amsterdam Stakes, and followed in the footsteps of top stallions Damascus, Hoist The Flag and Gulch  when successful in the G3 Bay Shore Stakes.

His first foals arrive in 2017.

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