DIVINING ROD

Tapit - Precious Kitten, by Catienus
2012, Bay , 16.1h · Entered Stud: 2018
Fee: $5,000 LFSN

15 Two-Year-Old Winners as of Nov. 26, the #1 First-Crop Sire outside of Kentucky. Out of 3/4-sister to Kitten's Joy. Classics-placed Graded Stakes winner of nearly $900,000 w/ 105 Beyer.

Through November 26, 2021, DIVINING ROD is the Leading Freshman Sire not standing in Kentucky. His 15 winners (to date) include two-time $100,000 stakes winner LOCAL MOTIVE, a Maryland-bred who captured the Hickory Tree Stakes at Colonial Downs, then most recently, scored in the $100,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel.  DIVINING ROD’S first-crop runners have won everywhere from Belmont Park to Churchill Downs to Hawthorne.

By TAPIT out of three-time Grade One-winner PRECIOUS KITTEN, DIVINING ROD broke his maiden in his first start at two. going wire-to-wire to win by nearly 3 lengths. Racing in the Lael Stables silks of his breeders, Gretchen and Roy Jackson, DIVINING ROD went on to earn $882,604 in three campaigns, which included a classics-third-place finish in the 2015 G1 Preakness Stakes to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

In the Grade One, $500,000 Cigar Mile, DIVINING ROD lost a head-bobbing decision to Curlin’s son CONNECT.  The Cigar Mile is regarded as a “stallion-making” stakes. True to form, CONNECT is second on the 2021 Freshman Sire List, behind only GUN RUNNER.

The Jacksons bred DIVINING ROD from their fabulous 3-time G1-winning mare Precious Kitten, a 3/4-sister to Leading Sire Kitten’s Joy who earned $1,912,543. Precious Kitten’s other Jackson-bred runners include the G3 stakes winner JEHOZACAT, who for the Jacksons produced a 2021 colt by Leading Sire INTO MISCHIEF, and to whom she was bred back for 2022.

“Divining Rod gave us many thrills at the track, especially when he almost won the Cigar Mile,” said the Jacksons. “With his physical, pedigree, and performance on the track, we believe in him as a stallion. We have supported him in the breeding shed and in the sales ring.” Their support at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling sale resulted in the highest-priced yearling by a regional sire, when they bid $115,000 for a DIVINING ROD full-brother to 2-time juvenile winning filly PETITION PRAYER, both out of the Arch mare WRITTEN REQUEST.

First-crop runners by DIVINING ROD exhibit stamina in the stretch. DIVINING ROD’S pedigree boasts tremendous stamina influences: PRECIOUS KITTEN won the G1 Gamely, Matriarch, and John C. Mabee Handicaps, distance races all. PRECIOUS KITTEN’s 3/4-brother KITTEN’S JOY is the top grass sire in the nation.  A sister to PRECIOUS KITTEN and KITTEN’S JOY named JUSTENUFFHEART is the dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) champion 2-year-old DREAMING OF ANNA ($2,024,550) and G2 winner LEWIS MICHAEL ($811,714).

Tapit, the leading North American general sire the past three years, stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Gainesway owner Antony Beck said:

“I saw DIVINING ROD win the Lexington Stakes (G3), and I kept my eyes on him.  We sent 20 mares to him his first two years in the stud and we are seeing the results of our support in the number of winners in his first crop. He may be the next TAPIT.”

DIVINING ROD was trained by Arnaud Delacour. The beautifully bred son of TAPIT scored on debut at two, then at three, finished a neck back in second in the $100,000 Sam Davis Stakes (G3). He then ran third in Carpe Diem’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2) before winning the $250,000 Lexington Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Keeneland. Though he had enough points to start in the Kentucky Derby (G1), DIVINING ROD bypassed the Derby for the Preakness (G1), where he stalked the pace in a strong 3rd-place finish to American Pharoah. Said Delacour:

“DIVINING ROD was one of my best horses, so athletic and talented. He was very much like TAPIT, in that he was a top-class competitor who wanted to do things his own way. If you look at the stretch run of his Cigar Mile, he was toying with CONNECT, and it cost him the race. He galloped out in front, thinking he was the winner.”

In the Cigar Mile, DIVINING ROD and CONNECT battled nose-to-nose before CONNECT put his head down first on the wire. DIVINING ROD came back in 2017 to wire the field by seven lengths in the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Laurel, then ran second to Sharp Azteca in the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2). He completed his career with five wins, four seconds, and five thirds: 14 times in the money from 17 starts.

Country Life Farm co-owner Mike Pons said:

“This horse has the speed, pedigree — and attitude — to make a terrific sire. He’s 16.1 hands and beautifully balanced. And his dam Precious Kitten is the best race-mare to have a son of TAPIT at stud. She can produce a leading sire.”

“This is the best young stallion outside Kentucky,” said Country Life’s Josh Pons. “He lost a Grade One by a head-bob. He placed in a classic to a Triple Crown winner. He ran a 105 Beyer and a 1 Ragozin in the Cigar, huge numbers in a stallion-making mile race. All the partners have supported him at stud.”

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Pedigree
TAPIT (USA)
gr. 2001
PULPIT (USA)
dkb/br. 1994 [IC]
A.P. INDY (USA)
dkb/br. 1989 [IC]
SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
WEEKEND SURPRISE (USA)
PREACH (USA)
b. 1989
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)  
NARRATE (USA)
TAP YOUR HEELS (USA)
gr. 1996
UNBRIDLED (USA)
b. 1987 [BI]
FAPPIANO (USA)
GANA FACIL (USA)
RUBY SLIPPERS (USA)*
gr. 1982
NIJINSKY (CAN)
MOON GLITTER (USA)
PRECIOUS KITTEN (USA)
dkb/br. 2003
CATIENUS (USA)
dkb/br. 1994
STORM CAT (USA)
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN)
TERLINGUA (USA)
DIAMOND CITY (USA)
b. 1988
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)  
HONEYS FLAG (USA)
KITTEN’S FIRST (USA)*
b. 1991
LEAR FAN (USA)
b. 1981
ROBERTO (USA)
WAC (USA)
THAT’S MY HON (USA)
ch. 1983
L’ENJOLEUR (CAN)
ONE LANE (USA)
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 2 1 0 1 $24,800
3 7 1 1 4 $503,204
4 4 2 2 0 $203,600
5 4 1 1 0 $151,000
Totals 17 5 4 5 $882,604
Won at 2

A maiden special weight race at Laurel Park
(8f, D, defeating Today’s Agenda, Strike Em Down, Soul Man, Sugimoto, Ice It, Citizen Bull, Pequot, Book the Bet, Bet On Me Joe).

Won at 3

Coolmore Lexington S. (gr. III) at Keeneland
(8.5f, D, defeating Donworth, Fame and Power, Comfort, Henry Jones, Tiznow R J, Quimet).

2nd at 3

Sam F. Davis S. (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs
(8.5f, D, to Ocean Knight, defeating My Johnny Be Good, Ami’s Flatter, Catalina Red, Crittenden, Royal Son, Coomer, Bears Personality, Brother Bobo, Bandages, G Five).

3rd at 3

Xpressbet.com Preakness S. (gr. I) at Pimlico
(9.5f, D, to American Pharoah, Tale of Verve, defeating Dortmund, Mr. Z, Danzig Moon, Firing Line, Bodhisattva).

Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Race Course
(8.5f, D, to Tiz Shea D, Mr. Z, defeating Bold Conquest, Island Town, Far Right, Alabaster, Deliverance Day).

Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs
(8.5f, D, to Carpe Diem, Ami’s Flatter, defeating Danzig Moon, Great Stuff, Moonlight Bandit, Ocean Knight, My Johnny Be Good).

Ohio Derby at Thistledown
(8.5f, D, to Mr. Z, Tencendur, defeating War Story, Thirtysilverpieces, Far Right, Dekabrist, Whiskey Ticket).

Won at 4

An allowance optional claiming race at Parx Racing
(8f, D, defeating Gourmet Delight, El Grande Rojo, Lawyer Dave, Let Me Go First, Savvy Street, Tekton).

An allowance optional claiming race at Parx Racing
(8f, D, defeating Nauset Beach, Noble Kent, Prado U, Caliparty, Zipped Code, Danzig Storm).

2nd at 4

Cigar Mile H. (gr. I) at Aqueduct
(8f, D, to Connect, defeating Realm, War Story, Anchor Down, Threefiveindia, Tale of S’avall, Economic Model, Mylute, Ocean Knight).

Hagyard Fayette S. (gr. II) at Keeneland
(9f, D, to Noble Bird, defeating Hawaakom, Mr. Z, Prayer for Relief, Iron Fist, Chocopologie, Kasaqui (ARG)).

Won at 5

Polynesian S. at Laurel Park
(7f, D, defeating Vorticity, Rockinn On Bye, Royal Squeeze, Southern Barbecue).

2nd at 5

Kelso H. (gr. II) at Belmont Park
(8f, D, to Sharp Azteca, defeating Tom’s Ready, Tommy Macho, Ross (IRE), Bird Song).

Progeny
First foals are arriving in 2019 and are outstanding.
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