The first reported foals sired by dual Eclipse champion and Classic winner Essential Quality (Tapit) were foaled on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25 at Castleton Lyons and Taylor Made, respectively. Arriving first, the colt is out of the mare Double Jackpot (Broken Vow), dam of Grade III winner/Group I-placed Stays in Vegas (City Zip), who hails from the family of Phipps Stable standouts Heavenly Prize, Dancing Spree, Instilled Regard, etc.
“He’s a big, strong leggy colt with very good bone. A lot of substance about him,” said Castleton Lyons General Manager. “Overall, he’s very good looking and we’re very happy to have him.”
Taylor Made welcomed a filly out of GI Belmont Oaks Invitational winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), a $1.95 million Keeneland November purchase in 2020. A winner in six of seven starts, Concrete Rose won three additional graded races, including the GII Jessamine S. at Keeneland.
Alex Kerstetter with Taylor Made Sales said, “She is elegant with plenty of leg. Sired by a champion and out of Grade I winner Concrete Rose, we are very excited to raise her for Larry Best and OXO Equine.”
Named champion juvenile following an undefeated season that included wins in the GI Breeders’ Futurity and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the grey added victories in the GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. the following season en route to another divisional title. In his first season at stud, he covered 22 graded stakes winners and 36 graded stakes producers last year.