Essential Quality

$75,000 Gr/ro 2018 16.2½HH (1.69M)
Tapit – Delightful Quality (Elusive Quality)
Stands and nurses. Standing at Jonabell Farm, Kentucky
Tapit’s leading money-earner in North America. Eclipse Champion Juvenile and Classic winner. Won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and G1 Breeders’ Futurity in an unbeaten two-year-old season and took the G1 Belmont and G1 Travers at three. Dam is a half-sister to Champion two-year-old filly Folklore, herself grandam of Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail.

Pedigree

ESSENTIAL QUALITY

TAPIT

PULPIT

A. P. INDY

SEATTLE SLEW

WEEKEND SURPRISE

PREACH

MR. PROSPECTOR

NARRATE

TAP YOUR HEELS

UNBRIDLED

FAPPIANO

GANA FACIL

RUBY SLIPPERS

NIJINSKY

MOON GLITTER

DELIGHTFUL QUALITY

ELUSIVE QUALITY

GONE WEST

MR. PROSPECTOR

SECRETTAME

TOUCH OF GREATNESS

HERO'S HONOR

IVORY WAND

CONTRIVE

STORM CAT

STORM BIRD

TERLINGUA

JEANO

FAPPIANO

BASIE

By TAPIT (2001) Wood Memorial S (G1), etc. Sire of 1,467 foals aged three and up, including ESSENTIAL QUALITY, FROSTED, CARELESS JEWEL, CHASING YESTERDAY, CONSTITUTION, CREATOR, CUPID, DANCE CARD, DREAM DANCING, HANSEN, JOYFUL VICTORY, LARAGH, PRETTY CITY DANCER, RING WEEKEND, STARDOM BOUND, SWEET LORETTA, TAPITSFLY, TAPIZAR, TAPWRIT, TELL A KELLY, TESTA MATTA, TIME AND MOTION, TONALIST, UNIQUE BELLA, UNTAPABLE, VALIANCE, ZAZU, etc.

1st dam: Delightful Quality by Elusive Quality. 2 wins (6f-7f) at 3 and 4, 2nd Correction S, Shine Again S, Mandys Gold S, Garland of Roses S, 3rd Bed o' Roses H (G3). Dam of 5 foals, 3 to race, 1 winner:

ESSENTIAL QUALITY (c Tapit) Champion, see Race record.

2nd dam: Contrive by Storm Cat. Unraced. Dam of 9 winners:

FOLKLORE (f Tiznow) Champion two-year-old filly in the US, 4 wins at 2, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Matron S (G1), Adirondack S (G2), 2nd Spinaway S (G2). Dam of: Rhodochrosite (f Unbridled's Song) Placed at 2. Dam of: CONTRAIL (c Deep Impact) Champion two-year-old colt and three-year-old colt in Japan, Tokyo Yushun (G1), Hopeful S (G1), Satsuki Sho (G1), Kikuka Sho (G1), Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2), 2nd Japan Cup (G1), 3rd Osaka Hai (G1).

DIVIDED ATTENTION (f A.P. Indy) 3 wins at 2 to 4, Ladies H, 2nd Tempted S (G3), 3rd Affectionately S.

AMUSING PLAN (f Pleasantly Perfect) Winner at 3. Dam of:

TIZ PLAN (c Tiznow) Busan Mayor's Cup.

3rd dam: JEANO by Fappiano. 10 wins at 6, Shirley Jones H (G3), Thoroughbred Club of America S (G3). Dam of 7 winners:

STORMY ANTICS (f Stormy Atlantic) Winner at 3. Dam of: STUDENT BODY (f Colonel John) Mardi Gras S.

KEW GARDEN (f Seattle Slew) Winner at 3. Dam of:

QUEENS PLAZA (f Forestry) Sorority S. Dam of: QUEEN CAROLINE (f Blame) Indiana Grand S, Tawee S, Brookmeade S.

Lady Tiz (f Tiznow). Dam of: LORD ALEX (c Exchange Rate) Clasico Velocidad (G3), 2nd GP Suipacha (G1).

Never a No Hitter (f Kris S.) Unraced. Dam of:

TIZAHIT (f Tiznow) Demoiselle S (G2), 2nd Blue Hen S. Dam of: COME DANCING (f Malibu Moon) Ballerina S (G1), Honorable Miss H (G2), Ruffian S (G2), 2nd Ogden Phipps S (G1).

SKIPSTONE (f Montbrook) Winner at 2. Dam of: SKIPALUTE (f Midnight Lute) Brookmeade S, 2nd Matron S (G2).

Queen's Lady (f Storm Cat) Unraced. Dam of:

GHOSTSLAYER (f Ghostzapper) Winner at 3. Dam of: BIDDY DUKE (f Bayern) Senator Ken Maddy S (G3).

4th dam: BASIE by In Reality. 9 wins at 5, Delaware H (G1), Helena S, 2nd Ladies H (G1), 3rd Arlington Oaks (G3). Dam of 6 winners:

JEANO (f Fappiano) Graded winner, see above.

Stud record
Essential Quality stands his first season in 2022.

Conformation

Race record

His successful career

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Two 3 3 - - -
Three 7 5 - 1 1
Total 10 8 - 1 1

At 2 Eclipse Champion two-year-old colt

1st
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), 8½f, Keeneland, beating Hot Rod Charlie, Keepmeinmind, Jackie’s Warrior, Rombauer, Dreamer’s Disease, King Fury, Classier, Sittin On Go, Reinvestment Risk, Next.
1st
Breeders’ Futurity (G1), 8½f, Keeneland, by 3¼l, beating Keepmeinmind, Super Stock, Founder, King Fury.
1st
Maiden Special Weight, 6f, Churchill Downs, by 4l.

At 3

1st
Belmont S (G1), 12f, Belmont Park, beating Hot Rod Charlie, Rombauer, Known Agenda, Bourbonic, Rock Your World, Overtook.
1st
Travers S (G1), 10f, Saratoga, beating Midnight Bourbon, Miles D, Keepmeinmind, King Fury, Masqueparade, Dynamic One.
1st
Blue Grass S (G2), 9f, Keeneland, beating Highly Motivated, Rombauer, Hidden Stash, Keepmeinmind, Sittin On Go, Hush Of A Storm.
1st
Jim Dandy S (G2), 9f, Saratoga, beating Keepmeinmind, Masqueparade, Weyburn, Dr Jack.
1st
Southwest S (G3), 8½f, Oaklawn Park, by 4¼l, beating Spielberg, Jackie’s Warrior.
3rd
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), 10f, Del Mar, to Knicks Go, Medina Spirit, beating Hot Rod Charlie, Stilleto Boy, Art Collector, Tripoli, Max Player.
4th
Kentucky Derby (G1), 10f, Churchill Downs, to Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie, beating O Besos, Midnight Bourbon, Keepmeinmind, 
Helium, Known Agenda, Highly Motivated, Sainthood, Like The King, Bourbonic, Hidden Stash, Brooklyn Strong, Super Stock, Rock Your World, Dynamic One, Soup And Sandwich.

Video footage

Watch him go: see him at his best

Travers S (G1), 10f, Saratoga, 28 Aug 2021
Jim Dandy S (G2), 9f, Saratoga, 31 Jul 2021
Belmont S (G1), 12f, Belmont Park, 05 Jun 2021
Blue Grass S (G2), 9f, Keeneland, 03 Apr 2021
Southwest S (G3), 8½f, Oaklawn Park, 27 Feb 2021
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), 8½f, Keeneland, 06 Nov 2020
Breeders’ Futurity (G1), 8½f, Keeneland, 03 Oct 2020

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