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Sire Mr. Prospector
Dam Killaloe
Grandsire Raise a Native
Damsire Dr. Fager
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1977
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder John A. Nerud
Owner John A. Nerud
Trainer Jan H. Nerud
Record 17: 10-3-1
Earnings US$370,213
Fappiano is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Killaloe by Mr. Prospector. He was born around 1977 in the United States, and was bred by John A. Nerud.
Major wins
Morven Stakes (1979)
Discovery Handicap (1980)
Metropolitan Handicap (1981)
Forego Handicap (1981)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Fappiano (1977–1990) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was named for long-time New York Times sportswriter Joseph C. Nichols (1905–1984) who was born Giuseppe Carmine Fappiano.[1]

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.

Fappiano was undefeated in four starts at age two and won the six furlong Morven Stakes in 1:08 3/5, a Meadowlands Racetrack record which still stands for that stakes event. He went on to win several important races including the 1981 Grade I Metropolitan Handicap, he 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 Farm near Ocala, Florida where he stood until the summer of 1987 when he was 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 the 1998 Belmont Stakes. Fappiano is also the grandsire of Peppers Pride who holds the record for most conecutive wins at nineteen.

In early September 1990, Fappiano had to be humanely euthanized following a chronic case of laminitis.

Fappiano notably sired:

  • 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;



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