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Rick Samuels

Tapizar to Stand at Gainesway

Son of Tapit dominated the grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Nov. 3.

Multiple graded stakes winner Tapizar , winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 3, will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. His fee is $15,000 stands and nurses.

Four-year-old Tapizar captured the $1 million Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park in dominating fashion by 2 1/4 lengths. Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar becomes the first grade I winner by major sire Tapit  to stand at Gainesway, where he will stand alongside his sire.

"We have been looking for the best son of Tapit to stand at Gainesway ever since it became apparent what an exceptional stallion he is," said Gainesway president Antony Beck. "Tapizar certainly fits the bill."

Tapizar is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Winning Call and is from a family that has been in the Winchell family for three generations. The family includes grade I winners Paddy O'Prado and Pyro and grade I winner and sire Olympio, each of whom was bred and/or raced by the Winchells. 

"We have always felt Tapizar was an elite racehorse," said Ron Winchell. "I am very proud that he was able to deservingly fulfill his destiny on the racetrack. I am also very pleased he will be standing at stud next to Tapit at a truly premier farm."

Tapizar was retired with a record of 6-1-1 from 14 starts and earnings of $972,632. His victories also include the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II), the Sham Stakes (gr. III), and the West Virginia Governor's Stakes.

Tapizar is available for inspection beginning Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.