Pleasant Tap

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Pleasant Tap
Sire Pleasant Colony
Grandsire His Majesty
Dam Never Knock
Damsire Stage Door Johnny
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1987
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder Buckland Farm
Owner Buckland Farm
Trainer Christopher Speckert
Record 32: 9-9-5
Earnings $2,021,169
Major wins
Sunny Slope Stakes (1989)
Malibu Stakes (1990)
Goodwood Handicap (1991)
San Bernardino Handicap (1991)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1992)
Suburban Handicap (1992)
Churchill Downs Handicap (1992)
Commonwealth Breeder's Cup Stakes (1992)
Awards
American Champion Older Male Horse (1992)

Pleasant Tap (May 8, 1987 – October 8, 2010) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and sire.

Background[edit]

He was sired by 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Pleasant Colony, out of the mare Never Knock. He was bred by the late Thomas Mellon Evans of Buckland Farm.

Racing career[edit]

At age three, Pleasant Tap finished third to Unbridled in the 1990 Kentucky Derby under jockey Kent Desormeaux. He then injured a tendon sheath just before the Preakness Stakes, sidelining him for part of the 1990 season and keeping him out of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Returning to racing in 1991, he won the Goodwood Handicap and the San Bernardino Handicap, and placed third in the Breeder's Cup Sprint.

In 1992, Pleasant Tap won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Suburban Handicap. Ridden by Gary Stevens, he placed second to A. P. Indy in the Breeder's Cup Classic and was awarded the U.S. Outstanding Older Male Horse for 1992.

Retirement[edit]

Pleasant Tap was retired in 1993 and stood at stud at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, for the fee of $12,500 live foal. He sired graded stakes race winners Tap Dance City, David Junior, Premium Tap, Tiago and Pleasant Breeze.

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