Bandbox and the late Tritap, both sons of Tapit who entered stud in Chesapeake City in 2015 – at Northview Stallion Station and Heritage Stallions, respectively – got their first stakes winners in their first crops at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day, Oct. 20.
Maryland Million Nursery
Bandbox sons finished first and third in the $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery, as Follow the Dog cruised home a three and a quarter-length winner over Sky Magician, who held off Outofthepark by a neck. Follow the Dog, bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds and a half-brother to 2017 Maryland Million Nursery winner Clever Mind, is owned by Waldorf Racing Stables, who purchased the gray colt for $40,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale.
Trained by Marya Montoya, Follow the Dog ran second in a pair of maiden special weights at Laurel in his first two starts, the latter Sept. 14, when he was placed first after having to steady in the stretch. After a well-beaten fourth in an open allowance at Parx on Oct. 1, Montoya added blinkers to the colt’s equipment. He ran the Nursery’s six furlongs in 1:10.14.
Bandbox, out of the Grand Slam mare Empty the Bases, was a stakes performer each of the four years he raced, won or placed in seven stakes from 15 career starts, and earned $390,345. Campaigned by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable and trained by Rodney Jenkins, he scored his biggest victory at age 6 in the 2014 General George Handicap-G3 at seven furlongs. He won the one-mile Private Terms at 3, the Charles Town Juvenile and Sleepy Hollow Stakes at 2 and was graded stakes-placed at 4 when second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap-G3.
From 32 foals in his first crop, Bandbox has sired three winners from six starters. Outofthepark came into the Nursery off a fifth-place finish in his only other start. Bandbox, 10, stands for $2,500 live foal.
Maryland Million Lassie
It was a clean sweep of the top four placings for Tritap offspring in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie, with Euro Stable’s My Star Potential scoring a length and a half victory over Belial, 9-5 favorite My Philly Dilly and Knock Out Kid, who finished in a three-way photo for the second through fourth spots.
A field of 12 lined up for the stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and My Star Potential, trained by Claudio Gonzalez, led at every call in her third start, and first stakes attempt, completing the six furlongs in 1:11.73.
Bred in Maryland by Cary Frommer, My Star Potential is out of the Cuvee mare Cheers Darling and sold for $50,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in May.
Tritap is the sire of 34 2-year-olds in his first crop, of which 14 have started and six are winners. He tops the Mid-Atlantic leading freshman sires list, with progeny earnings of more than $333,000.
A graded stakes performer of $155,936, Tritap was standing his second season when he died in 2016 at the age of 7. Out of stakes winner Victory Road, a daughter of the Seattle Slew stallion Ikari, Tritap entered stud after finishing first or second in six of his nine career starts. He was a track record setter at Churchill Downs going a mile and three-sixteenths, broke his maiden at Saratoga when running seven furlongs in 1:22.56, and just missed in the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita. He was standing for $2,500 live foal at the time of his death.