Client Success: Homebred Tapizar Gelding Hand Ridden After Long Layoff



TOP LINE GROWTH (g, 4, Tapizar–Orinoquia {SW & G1SP, $210,042}, by Whywhywhy)

TOP LINE GROWTH (g, 4, Tapizar–Orinoquia {SW & G1SP, $210,042}, by Whywhywhy), coming off a great 2019 campaign winning the Iowa Derby and finishing 3rd in the Grade 3 Smarty Jones at Parx, returned to the races after a 322 day hiatus. He was last seen winning a track-and-trip optional claimer by daylight over a next out winner.

The Laurel track record setter (1 mile in 1:34.07 – June 8, 2019) chased in second while kept well off the rail under confident handling by jockey Julian Pimental. He ranged up and took over at will heading for home and kicked away to draw off and win by 5 1/2 lengths while under a hand ride.

The winner by Tapizar is half to Kitchen Fire (First Defence), SP, $205,721, an unraced 2yo filly Mshawish, a yearling filly by Dialed In and a 2020 colt by Liam’s Map. Orinoquia was bred back to Frosted earlier this year.

Lifetime Record: SW & GSP, 8-5-0-1, $319,325. O/B-The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) (MD); T-Kelly Rubley.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), mating advisor for Stuart Grant (The Elkstone Group LLC), has designed the matings for Mr. Grant for several years. Most notable horses produced include G1W Mor Spirit, G2W Lady Fog Horn and G3W Edge of Reality along with several state-bred champions.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.


OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Top Line Growth

  • Outcross Percentage = 73% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 8 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 4 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 12% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 1 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 6 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 2 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6×6,6 Secretariat – through daughters Weekend Surprise, Secrettame & Terlingua
    • Similar to SW Consultora (Race Day)
  • 5,6X5,6,5 Mr. Prospector – gender balanced linebreeding through daughters Preach & Aliata and sons Fappiano & Gone West
  • 6×5 Honest Pleasure – through daughters Narrate & Very Fair
  • 5×5 Fappiano – through sons Unbridled & Quiet American
  • 6,5×6 Northern Dancer – through sons Nijinsky II, Vice Regent & Storm Bird
    • Similar to G2W Point of Honor (Curlin), G2W Tenfold (Curlin), SW Timeless Curls (Curlin) & SW Amundson (Curlin)
  • 6×6,6,6 Raise A Native – through sons Mr. Prospector & Exclusive Native

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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I offer my expertise as a bloodstock agent, sales consultant, and pedigree analyst to assist in breeding or purchasing superior thoroughbred racehorses through sound pedigree principles, horsemanship, and consistent implementation of well-designed plans. To find out more about how my services can help your program, please contact me at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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