Tapit's Dance Card made her stakes debut look easy with a 7 1/2-length romp in Sunday's $85,000 Belle Cherie S. at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old filly, a winner in her two previous starts, is the tenth stakes winner for Tapit this year. His progeny have earned almost $6.2 million in 2012, which is good for sixth on the General Sire list.
Breaking from post 2 in the field of six, Dance Card broke in third but took over the top spot before going a half-mile. Despite drifting out some in the stretch, the gray or roan filly continued to increase her margin all the way to the wire. The time was 1:41.12 for 1 1/16 miles, good for a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95.
Dance Card broke her maiden at the Bell Cherie's distance by a half-length at Belmont Park on July 6. She followed that victory with a two-length win in a one-mile race at Saratoga on Aug. 17. Dance Card is out of the stakes placed mare Tempting Note, and is a full-sister to multiple graded stakes placed Tempted to Tapit.
Dance Card was purchased by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley Stable, John Ferguson as agent, at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton March Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Boynton Beach, Fla., for $750,000, from the consignment of Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Racing and Sales, LLC.
Dance Card has won three races and placed second once in four starts, and has earned $162,200.
Gainesway sells full brother to Dance Card for $700,000 at Keeneland
Gainesway, as agent for McMillin Sales and Tapit Syndicate, sold Dance Card's yearling full brother at the recently completed Keeneland September sale. Catalogued as hip No. 402, the gray or roan colt brought a winning bid of $700,000 from Stonestreet Stables, the highest figure paid for a Tapit yearling at the sale. The Gainesway stallion had a total of 24 horses sell for a quarter-million dollars or more. His gross receipts of $11,577,000 topped the sire list by $2.6 million, and his median sale price of $250,000 was the seventh best at the sale.