Tapit to cover Havre de Grace

USA Horse of the Year Havre de Grace will be sent to Tapit for her initial mating in 2013.  The five year-old mare was sold for $10 million at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky November Sale.

Havre de Grace’s 2011 Horse of the Year campaign included G1 victories in the Apple Blossom Hcp and Woodward Stakes before she gave champion filly Royal Delta an 8 length beating in the G1 Beldame Stakes.

Remaining in training for 2012, Havre de Grace returned to action with a four length victory in the LR New Orleans Ladies Stakes but was retired after injuring her off-fore leg.  She bowed out with 9 wins from 16 starts and earnings over $2.58 million.

Her sire Saint Liam (Saint Ballado) was USA Horse of the Year in 2005.  He represented the Halo sireline but died after just one season at stud.

Havre de Grace was raced by Rick Porter before her sale to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm last month.  Pope considered Galileo but decided to keep the mare close to home.  Tapit (Pulpit) was a G1 winner of the 2004 Wood Memorial before retiring to Gainesway Farm where his fee has escalated from $15,000 to $125,000.

“It makes perfect sense from a business standpoint to send her to Galileo but I want to be able to pet my mare and feed her carrots,” Pope said.  “That’s why I’m in this game, because I really love the horses.”

Havre de Grace will be the second USA Horse of the Year to be served by Tapit in as many years.  He covered Zenyatta in 2012 and she is due to foal in March.

USA Horse of the Horse to be covered by Tapit