Gainesway has released stud fees for its 2018 roster, and announced Tapit —the leading North American sire in 2014-16—will again command a $300,000 fee. His book will be limited to 125 mares.
Tapit increased his lifetime tally of grade 1 winners to 23 in 2017. Tapwrit became his sire's third Belmont Stakes (G1) winner in four years, Dream Dancing captured the Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1) to become Tapit's fourth grade 1 winner on the grass, and millionaire Cupid stretched his speed to 10 furlongs in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1).
Tapit also had a sensational season in the sale ring. Tapit's Keeneland September yearlings averaged $950,000—the sale's highest sire average since 2006. Tapit sired the year's top three highest-priced yearlings sold in North America: a $2.7 million full sister to Cupid, a $2.6 million colt out of Miss Besilu, and a $2.5 million colt out of Tiz Miz Sue.
Mares in foal to Tapit have sold for up to $1.9 million in 2017.
Empire Maker , the sire of 11 grade 1 winners and a proven sire of sires, will again stand for a fee of $85,000. His first Gainesway-sired crop are weanlings of 2017 and they included a $425,000 filly sold in Book 1 of Keeneland November. Empire Maker's book is limited to 130 mares.
Tapizar , a Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner by Tapit, ranks among the leading second-crop sires in 2017. His top 3-year-old colts included American Pastime, Lasting Legacy, and Mr. Crow. Tapizar's undefeated 2-year-old daughter Monomoy Girl recently captured the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs by 6 1/2 lengths and is targeting the Golden Rod Stakes (G2). Tapizar will stand for $12,500 in 2018.
Three-time grade/group 1 winner Karakontie will stand his third season for a fee of $10,000. Karakontie's first-crop weanlings of 2017 included $250,000 and $130,000 colts at Keeneland November and a $110,000 filly at Fasig-Tipton November.
Dual graded stakes winner Bird Song is a new addition to the Gainesway roster for 2018. The son of Unbridled's Song and champion 3-year-old filly and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Bird Town will stand for a $5,000 fee.
2018 Gainesway Stud Fees
|Bird Song (NEW)||$5,000|
|To Honor and Serve||$7,500|
|All Fees Live Foal Stands and Nurses Terms|