Tarport Cheer was a Tar Heel - Meadow Cheer - Adios foal bred by Hugh A. Grant, Sr., of Bradford, Pennsylvania. She was the only Tar Heel daughter of her Adios dam, Meadow Cheer. Although she was only a mediocre racehorse, evidenced by her lifetime record of 2:08.3f, Tarport Cheer proved to be an extraordinary matron, delivering 20 foals from 1970 to 1990; eleven raced in 2:00 or faster. This impressive statistic brought Tarport Cheer into a tie for third place on the 1983 all-time list of 2:00-producing broodmares. In 1986 she moved up to second on the list, a position she held through 1996.
Tarport Cheer's richest offspring, Cherry Hello, an Albatross filly earning a lifetime total of $869,619, paced in 1:52.3 and was voted 1989 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. To the cover of Most Happy Fella, Tarport Cheer produced 1978 Tarport Hap, who at age four had a mark of 1:56.3f. Tarport Hap earned $688,664 over her lifetime and was 1977's Aged Pacing Mare of the Year. The results of other matings to Most Happy Fella include Laugh A Day, who was purchased as a yearling for $625,000 and Tyler B p,3,1:55.1 ($687,388) whose offspring include 1994 Little Brown Jug winner Magical Mike p,3,1:50.2m ($1.7 million), Dragon's Lair p,5,1:51.3m ($1.1 million) and Dignatarian p,5,1:52 ($999,637). Tyler B's top speedster was gelding Biba Fra p,4,1:50m ($342,908). Tarport Cheer is the great-grand dam of the Magical Mike gelding Gallo Blue Chip, winner of the 2000 $1 million North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace and 2000 Horse of the Year, and earnings in excess of $2.3 million.
Tarport Cheer was the dam of six $100,000 winners. Eight of her sons have sired the winners of $76 million and more than 150 in 1:55. Tarport Cheer's daughters have also proven formidable broodmares. As of year-end 2000 they have produced 27 in 2:00, 12 in 1:55, and 13 $100,000 winners. Tarport Cheer died on October 1, 1997 at Castleton Farm, Lexington Kentucky, where she had resided since her purchase from breeder Hugh A. Grant in 1974.
Unmarked - Castleton Farm, Lexington, KY
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 2001 Souvenir Journal