The winner of the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic and the sire of three champions, AWESOME AGAIN, passed away shortly after being transferred to the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm. The stallion was 26. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends announced his passing December 16th. The cause of death is unknown and pending a full necropsy.
The stallion was a Canadian-bred son of DEPUTY MINISTER. He was bred, oned and campaigned by Frank Stronach. As a 3-year-old, he broke his maiden in his second start at Hollywood Park, then went to Woodbine a few weeks later to win the Queen' Plate Stakes. He also won the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) and was third in the Travers (G1) that year.
As a four year old, he added five graded stakes victories to his resume including the Stephen Foster Handicap (G2), Whitney Handicap (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). He was retired in 1998 with earnings of $4,374,590. He stood at stud for 20 years at Adena Springs in Kentucky. He was the sire of GHOSTZAPPER, NOMINEE and TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. In 2004, he became the first Classic winner to sire a Classic winner when GHOSTZAPPER crossed the wire.
TAPIZAR also passed this week after a stall accident in the Gainesway quarantine barn. The 12 year old son of TAPIT was set to be shipped to Japan to stand at the Yushun Stallion Station for 2021. He was euthanized following the accident.
TAPIZAR is the sire of MONOMOY GIRL, a seven-time grade 1 winning mare and 2018 champion 3-year-old. He was also the third leading sire by cumulative earnings from his sire class. He is the sire of PROJECT WHISKEY, winner of the Delaware Oaks (G3), four other graded stakes winners, and 10 black type winners. TAPIZAR won the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and the San Fernando Stakes (G2). He retired from racing in 2013 and had been standing stud at Gainesway.