Tapwrit wins the Belmont; 1/2 sister purchased for $20,000
A major update came the way of long-time client Eureka Thoroughbred Farm at Belmont Park on Saturday when Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes (G1).
The Tapit colt, who ran down Irish War Cry to win the Classic going away, is a half-brother to Blue Ivy, a Distorted Humor mare bought on behalf of Mike and Pam Grossman, owners of Eureka, for just $20,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.
Blue Ivy has since foaled a colt by leading second-crop sire Shackleford.
Blue Ivy and Tapwrit, who sold for $1.2 million the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale and also won the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), are out of G1 winner Appealing Zophie, whose three wins included the Spinaway Stakes (G1) and Silverbulletday Stakes (G3). It is the further family of G1 winner Super May and G3 winner and successful regional sire Ide.
This isn’t the first time that a purchase through Schumer Bloodstock has been followed by a major update; for instance, the half-sisters to G1 winners DAVID JUNIOR, ARAGORN, BALL DANCING, ROLLING FOG and VOODOO DANCER were all purchased by Schumer Bloodstock before those horses became G1 winners.
Also on Saturday’s loaded Belmont card, Juddmonte Farms’ Antonoe became another G1 winner for First Defence in the Just A Game Stakes. First Defence was sold to stand in Saudi Arabia last summer in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer.
First Defence is also the sire of champion Close Hatches as well as top Hong Kong runner Dundonnell.