Tapit , currently ranked third on the leading sires list with more than $8.3 million in earnings for the year, will stand for $125,000 (live foal stands and nurses) in 2012, it was announced Nov. 11 by Antony Beck’s Gainesway Farm. Fees for four of Gainesway’s stallions will be reduced for 2012.
Tapit, the popular son of Pulpit , is the sire of 13 stakes winners in 2011, including the unbeaten Hansen , winner of the Nov. 5 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Tapit is also the sire multiple grade I winner Zazu and 2011 graded winners Headache, Joyful Victory, Tapizar , Trappe Shot , and Testa Matta (Japan).
Tapit, the sire of 32 stakes winners from four crops to race, is out of the stakes-winning Unbridled mare Tap Your Heels. He is also third on the leading sires list of 2-year-olds with seven winners and more than $1.3 million in progeny earnings.
The announcement of Gainesway’s fees (all live foal stands and nurses) notes four of their stallions will be lower in 2012:
Dual classic winner and champion Afleet Alex , sire of Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. III) winner Afleet Again, will stand for $20,000, down from $25,000 last year. Afleet Alex, by Northern Afleet—Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster, currently ranks sixth on the 2011 leading third-crop sire list.
Afleet Express , the grade I-winning son of Afleet Alex, will stand for $6,500, down from $10,000 last year. Out of the stakes-placed Distant View mare Expanse, Afleet Express’ first foals will arrive in 2012.
Three-time grade I winner and classic sire Birdstone ’s fee for 2012 will be $10,000, down from $20,000. The sire of Mine That Bird and Summer Bird, classic winners in 2009, is a son of Grindstone—Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird.
Met Mile (gr .I) and inaugural Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Corinthian will stand for $17,500, down from $25,000 in 2011. Corinthian currently ranks seventh on the first-crop sire list. He is son of Pulpit —Multiply, by Easy Goer.
Gainesway fees that will remain the same for 2012 are:
Orientate : $7,500
Smoke Glacken : $10,000.
Gainesway announced Nov. 4 that it had purchased a significant interest in Hat Trick from Walmac Farm and Hat Trick’s partners (for more click here). His fee will be $15,000.