Fappiano (May 19, 1977 – September 3, 1990) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was named for Joseph C. Nichols (1905–1984), a long-time sportswriter for The New York Times, who was born Giuseppe Carmine Fappiano.
|Grandsire||Raise a Native|
|Breeder||John A. Nerud|
|Owner||John A. Nerud|
|Trainer||Jan H. Nerud|
|Morven Stakes (1979)|
Discovery Handicap (1980)
Metropolitan Handicap (1981)
Forego Handicap (1981)
Fappiano was bred and raced by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud and trained by his son, Jan. Bred in Florida, Fappiano was out of the mare Killaloe, a daughter of Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Fager. His sire was the very important Mr. Prospector, a North American two-time Leading Sire and nine-time leading broodmare sire.
At age two in 1979, Fappiano went undefeated in four starts. Among those wins was the Morven Stakes with future Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. aboard. Run on December 20, cold weather had frozen the track but in spite of the conditions Fappiano broke the Meadowlands track record for six furlongs with a time of 1:08 3/5.t. He went on to win several important races through 1980 and 1981, including the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap.
While successful in racing, Fappiano is best known as a sire and a sire of sires. At the end of 1981, he was retired and syndicated for a reported $300,000 per share. He stood at stud at Tartan Farms near Ocala, Florida, where he remained until the summer of 1987. He was then moved to Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.
Fappiano was the grandsire of two different horses that combined to win all three U.S. Triple Crown races in the same year when Real Quiet won the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and Victory Gallop won the 1998 Belmont Stakes. Fappiano is also the grandsire of Peppers Pride, who holds the record for most consecutive wins at nineteen. Through Unbridled, Fappiano is also the great-great-grandsire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Fappiano notably sired:
- Tasso (b. 1983) – won 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt;
- Cryptoclearance (b. 1984) – multiple stakes winner with career earnings of US$3,376,327, sired Victory Gallop, Volponi;
- Tappiano (b. 1984) – won Spinaway Stakes, Demoiselle Stakes, Matron Stakes, career earnings of US$1,305,522;
- Quiet American (b. 1986) – won NYRA Mile Handicap, sire of Real Quiet;
- Some Romance (b. 1986) – won Frizette Stakes, Matron Stakes;
- Defensive Play (b. 1987) – won Sandown Classic Trial and Rose of Lancaster Stakes in U.K. and Man o' War Stakes, Strub Stakes in U.S., career earnings of US$1,695,557;
- Grand Canyon (b. 1987) – won Hollywood Futurity, Norfolk Stakes, career earnings of $1,019,540;
- Rubiano (b. 1987) – multiple stakes winner with career earnings US$1,203,457, voted American Champion Sprint Horse in 1992;
- Unbridled (b. 1987) – won 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic, voted American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse, career earnings of US$4,489,475;
- Cahill Road (b. 1988) – won Wood Memorial Stakes.