Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway.
For the third consecutive season, Tapit has broken his own the single-season progeny earnings record.
Gaineway's Tapit retains his title for 2017 as the highest-priced stallion in North America with a fee of $300,000. The following is cumulative list of the fees announced through Nov. 11 for stallions standing in Central Kentucky.
Gainesway released its 2017 fees Nov. 10, which includes a reduced fee to $85,000 for Empire Maker.
A Tapit colt from an active female family was a late withdrawal from the Oct. 24 first session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale and will be pointed toward a juvenile sale next spring.
Colts by leading sire Tapit and his son Tapizar, third on this year’s first-crop sire list, are among the top horses to watch when the three-day Fasig-Tipton October sale launches Oct. 24.
Steps to Heaven wins Oct. 2 in Panama
Features video of the farm and stallions
- By Ron Mitchell
China Horse Club’s U.S. expansion was on full display at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale as the leading buyer, with six yearlings purchased for $3,100,000.
Powerhouse owners Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore Stud joined forces to buy a Pioneerof the Nile colt for $950,000 to top the Aug. 8 first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
An Animal Kingdom filly, a daughter of Frankel, Songbird's half sister, and the only colt by War Front in the sale highlight the potential top sellers at the Aug. 8 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Leading sire Tapit reached a significant milestone when his son Cupid won the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) the evening of June 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
The summer yearling sale became the bellwether of the organization created of and for Kentucky breeders
Both stallions will likely have three starters each in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), more than any other sires with Derby contenders this year.
Son of Two Punch sired 58 stakes winners, including 16 graded stakes winners.
Gainesway stallion To Honor and Serve was represented by his first winner April 19 when his first starter, French General, won his debut in the second race at Turf Paradise.
Though Gainesway stands Tapit, the leading sire who commands the highest North American stud fee, and brought Empire Maker back from Japan for 2016, the farm is all in on Karakontie, who shares several ties with Kingmambo.
Tom LaMarra recaps Day 2 of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning and Gainesway manager Neil Howard. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Ian Tapp accepts position to focus on sales and bloodstock development.
Agent Emmanuel de Seroux discusses deal
After five years in Japan, Empire Maker is returning to Kentucky to stand at Gainesway, farm president Antony Beck confirmed Sept. 29. The stallion was purchased in partnership with Don Alberto Corp.
A bay colt from the last crop of Harlan's Holiday brought a $285,000 final bid as Book 3 got under way at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Upper-level buyers stayed in Lexington Friday as Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale rolled into its second week and the premier Book 1 sessions gave way to Book 2.
Braxton Lynch signed the ticket for the first Book 2 Tapit to enter the ring Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, as Session 4 of the sale got off to a solid start.
Pope outdueled trainer Bob Baffert for the $2.1 million session-topper, currently the auction's highest price with nine sessions to go, while Gainesway Farm and Tapit led the day.
In the care of Dede McGehee's Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington, broodmare Lotta Kim, dam of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is again hitting her stride.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $2.1 million to land a Tapit colt about midway through the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16 in Lexington, the highest price paid so far at the sale.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables went to $1.65 million to land a chestnut colt out of Pure Clan consigned by Gainesway.
After making history on the track this year with American Pharoah, Zayat Stables also made some headlines at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, going to $1.5 million to land a Bernardini filly.
A half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Company for $800,000 during the Sept. 15 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The first two hours of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale see figures on par with last year's final numbers. A filly by Quality Road selling for $300,000 highlights the early going.
Sire Afleet Alex will have an undefeated son in Materiality start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, a race in which Afleet Alex finished third.
Squeezing through a tight opening along the rail in mid-stretch, Ol' Fashion Gal prevailed over favored Rainha Da Bateria to upset the $151,500 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
Concinnous, dam of two-time grade I winner Iotapa, brought $2 million from Bridlewood Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 in Lexington.
Tapit, the nation's leading sire who stands at the Beck family's Gainesway near Lexington, will command a $300,000 fee for the next breeding season.
Gainesway sire Tapit 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.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) may not have the storied history of many of the World Championship races, but what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in quality with a roster of seven impressive performances.
Strong 11th session Sept. 19 at the Keeneland September yearling sale kept the auction on pace to produce higher overall average and median.
Juddmonte Farm purchases a $600,000 Trappe Shot colt, a three-quarters brother to Tapizar, at Keeneland September's Book 2 opener, which posted mixed results Sept. 13.
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 5 saw steady momentum gains that led to the third million-dollar horse of the sale.
Hip 112 was offered by Gainesway and bought by Darley during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale.
Colt out of the family of Birdstone and Bird Town session-topper so far.
This bay filly is the last yearling by Tapit being offered at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Gainesway is selling the half sister to stakes winner and grade I-placed Third Dawn.
A daughter of leading sire Tapit and champion She Be Wild sells for $1,150,000 to top the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.
Gainesway as agent sold the colt for $675,000 to John Ferguson midway through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale.
Sire Afleet Express was represented by his first winner when Jiggin Witit cruised to a front-running 1 1/4-length victory in a maiden special weight race June 7 at Presque Isle Downs.
West Point Thoroughbreds founder and president Terry Finley had to reach deep into his wallet to acquire Preakness Stakes contender Ring Weekend, a son of Tapit, at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.
A Malibu Moon three-quarter brother to grade I winner and leading sire Tapit was the breakout horse at Keeneland's April sale of selected 2-year-olds in training April 7, selling for $1 million.
Stonestreet homebred Teen Pauline put on another front-running show at Aqueduct while rolling to her third straight win and first graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) March 1.
- By Esther Marr
Since I'm now handling stud news for the magazine, I attended stallion open houses in November and took a ton of pictures I would like to share. read blog
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