Bred: Winchell Thoroughbreds (Ky.)
Dam: Winning Call, by Deputy Minister
Tapizar, a strapping son of Tapit, was on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2011 after winning the Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, but a knee chip sidelined him until the fall.
He showed his fondness for Santa Anita in January, easily winning the San Fernando Stakes (G2) under Corey Nakatani. Put away again after finishing second the Razorback Handicap (G3) in March, he got back on the winning track in August with a score in the West Virginia Governor’s Cup.
Tapizar posted the most important victory of his career when he shook clear to win the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, founded by the late Verne Winchell and now carried on by his son Ron, Tapizar is a true homebred. His sire, Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) winner Tapit, was raced by the Winchells. Tapizar’s mother, Winning Call, is from the family of Carols Christmas, one of the Winchell’s foundation mares. She was a $25,000 claim, and despite having a sway back, she produced three stakes winners.