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BC Dirt Mile Winner Tapizar Retired

TAPIZAR, ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 3, 2012.

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Tapizar will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, it was announced Thursday. Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar will become the first Grade 1 winner by top sire Tapit to stand at Gainesway, where he will stand alongside his sire.

Gainesway President Antony Beck expressed his pleasure with the addition of Tapizar to the stallion roster.

"We have been looking for the best son of Tapit to stand at Gainesway ever since it became apparent what an exceptional stallion he is," Beck said. "Tapizar certainly fits the bill. He's the third stallion that we are standing for my good friend Ron Winchell."

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This horse has seemed to run about 5 races before they have to give him time off. He has shown talent and on occasion brilliance, but obviously has soundness issues. If I were his connections, this is the time I would retire him, after his biggest success. I would love to see healthy horses keep racing also, but this one has had physical issues his whole career. If they kept him in training and he doesn't win other major races, the impact of his BCDM is lost.
Yeah, he made me some loot in the BCDM. Too bad.
This is very disappointing. This is what's wrong with horse racing. Why continue to retire these great athletes in the prime of the life. Let them run another year or so to really improve their greatness. This is definitly a 'spoil of the sport'.

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