Horse of the Year Havre de Grace will be bred to Tapit in 2013, representatives for Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm announced today. The 2011 Champion, who was recently purchased for $10,000,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, becomes the second consecutive Horse of the Year booked to Tapit, following 2010 Champion Zenyatta, who is in foal to the Champion Sire for 2013.
Whisper Hill advisor Wayne Sweezey explained why Tapit was selected as Have de Grace's first mate. "We had tossed around several different stallions, obviously all the high-end stallions that Have de Grace could go to. We did a lot of research...we studied all the options."
Sweezey stressed that Pope wanted to keep Have de Grace in the United States for breeding and foaling, where she could visit her often and feed her carrots. "Mandy loves her horses, and she wants to be able to see them and handle them. She could have gone to Galileo (Ire), but she made the decision to stay in the States because she wanted to see her...So we went with Tapit because we felt we had the best opportunity for a good return on the product if we went with him."
Two-time Champion Sire Tapit ranks fourth on the General Sires List in 2012, with 25 stakes horses and more than $9,100,000 in earnings. He will stand the 2013 season for $125,000.