The two sons of Tapit (pictured, photo courtesy of Frances J. Karon), Mohaymen and Conquest Big E, who clash Saturday in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream at 1 1/16 miles, have pedigrees that contain inbreeding to Seattle Slew, and so do the following Graded stakes winners by Tapit, all at a mile or above:
G1 winner Constitution: 4×5
G1 winner Frosted: 4×4
G2 winner Concord Point: 4×4
G2 winner Headache: 4×4
G2 winner Mohaymen: 4×5
G3 winner Touching Beauty: 4×3
Winner Conquest Big E: 4×4
Notice the generational distance of the inbreeding to Seattle Slew. It’s not too close. All except one are at 4×4 or above. In fact, there are no Graded stakes winners inbred to Seattle Slew at a generational distance of 3×3 that descend tail-male to the Triple Crown winner as Tapit does (except there is one at 2×4 by the Seattle Slew horse General Meeting). And, there are only five Graded stakes winners that are inbred 3×3 or less to Seattle Slew anywhere in the pedigree — and three of them were sired by the Storm Cat horse Stormy Atlantic. Altogether, there are 51 Graded stakes winners inbred to Seattle Slew (14 of them through Tiznow or his sons, by the way), and the most common generational distance of these occurrences are as in the examples above. This was first pointed out to me by pedigree researcher and authority Roger Lyons, who has maintained for years that Seattle Slew duplications that are too close aren’t ideal when planning matings, but certain stallions, such as Tapit and Tiznow, work well with it at distances at or above 4×3 and 3×4.
There just so happens to be a connection between Tapit and Tiznow, too. Tapit is a Seattle Slew-line sire (through A.P. Indy) from the immediate family of Relaunch (Tapit’s third dam, Moon Glitter, is a full sister to Relaunch; both siblings are by In Reality out of Foggy Note). And Tiznow is by a son of Relaunch out of a Seattle Slew-line mare. To date, Tiznow has five Graded stakes winners from A.P. Indy mares.
Tapit, for his part, has four Graded stakes winners with inbreeding to the siblings Relaunch and Moon Glitter (and therefore to In Reality and Foggy Note), and one of them happens to be Mohaymen, the likely winner of the Holy Bull. Conquest Big E, the likely runner-up, should get his Graded stakes win down the road — and then we can add his name officially to the list above.