Tap Your Heels, dam of leading sire Tapit, dead at age 20

Tap Your Heels, dam of two-time leading sire Tapit, passed away at the age of 20 due to complications during foaling early Thursday morning her owners Barouche Stud announced via their Facebook page Friday.

Tap Your Heels foaled a colt by Super Saver, who did survive.

A daughter of Unbridled out of the Nijinsky II mare Ruby Slippers, Tap Your Heels had resided at Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm for the last 15 years. She was purchased by Barbara Facchino’s Barouche Stud for $900,000 while in foal to Forestry at the 2002 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale - a price that would go down as a bargain once her first foal became a on-track success and game-changer in the breeding shed.

Tapit would capture the 2004 Grade I Wood Memorial and has since developed in the most successful and expensive stallion in North America. The son of Pulpit has sat atop the general sire list the past two seasons and commands an advertised fee of $300,000 at Gainesway.

“We would like to thank Gerry Dilger and all his staff at Dromoland Farm, who have looked after her like royalty over the past 15 years,” Barouche Stud posted on its Facebook page. “She will be sadly missed by her owner Mrs. Barbara Facchino and all at Barouche Stud and Dromoland Farm.”

Tap Your Heels was last offered at public auction at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November sale but failed to meet her reserve while in foal to Elusive Quality after bringing a final bid of $1.8 million. She produced 12 live foals, including a son of Malibu Moon that sold for $1 million at the 2014 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale.