Courtesy Gainesway Farm

Sire Tapit Closing in on Record Season

Top stallion has moved within $755,000 of the single-season earnings record.

Leading North American sire Tapit  has piled up impressive numbers this season and, as you might expect, his progeny figure prominently in the weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

With $13,603,970 in progeny earnings through Oct. 29, Tapit is closing in on the all-time, single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire, set in 2007 by Smart Strike at $14,358,570. That mark could be in jeopardy if Tapit picks up some top finishes in this weekend's lucrative Breeders' Cup races.

Tapit boasts the morning-line favorite in Friday's $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in three-time grade I winner Untapable. The Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred is the leading 3-year-old filly in the country this season.

Tapit also figures prominently in the biggest Breeders' Cup race on Saturday as his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist  is pegged at 5-1 in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Robert S. Evans' Tonalist enters off a victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. With $1,798,250 in earnings this season, Tonalist is Tapit's leading earner, to date, of 2014.

On Friday, Tapit also will be represented by Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Tapiture , who enters the $1 million Dirt Mile (gr. I) off a runner-up finish to Bayern  in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing. Tapit also has Frank Jones Jr.'s Flying Tipat on the also-eligible list for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).

Tapit's current 2014 progeny earnings are already the most by any sire in a single season since Smart Strike's record year, which was led by Curlin .