Tapit , the nation's leading sire who stands at the Beck family's Gainesway near Lexington, will stand in 2015 for a $300,000 fee, Gainesway announced Nov. 3 prior to the start of the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington.
The 13-year-old son of Pulpit out of the Unbridled mare Tap Your Heels stood for an advertised fee of $150,000 in 2014. He set the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire Oct. 31, when Untapable won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, eclipsing the earnings mark set by Smart Strike in 2007.
Tapit entered Nov. 1 needing less than $755,000 to break Smart Strike's record of $14,358,570. The stallion picked up $180,000 in progeny earnings with a runner-up finish by Tapiture in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), and then Untapable added another $1.1 million with her victory in the Distaff.
Through Nov. 2, Tapit has 145 winners from 307 starters in 2014 that have amassed $16,748,607 in purse earnings. He has 16 stakes winners this year, also including Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) victor Tonalist .
Overall, Tapit is the sire of 448 winners, including 57 stakes winners, 33 graded winners, and four champions, from seven crops racing. From 783 foals of racing age, his 608 starters have amassed $66,772,350 in earnings.
Tapit was America's leading yearling sire for the second year in a row with an average of $628,289.