Leading sire ‘Tapit’ dominates Breeders’ Cup

Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Breeders’ Cup races haven’t been run yet, but one Lexington-based stallion is already a winner. Gainesway Farm’s Tapit has the most offspring running in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. The Director of Sales at Gainesway Farm, Michael Hernon, says Tapit is the leading sire in the United States.

“Tapit has the unique ability to produce horses that are better, significantly better than he was,” says Hernon. Tapit has eight offspring running in the Breeders’ Cup, including two, Tonalist and Frosted, in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes last year, denying California Chrome a Triple Crown.

According to Hernon, Tapit has produced 25 stakes winners and five individual Grade 1 winners. He says Tapit produced the highest-selling yearling in Keeneland’s September Sale this year at $2.2 million. Tapit’s stud fee is $300,000.

One of Tapit’s progeny, Tapizar, won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2012. Tapizar also retired to stud at Gainesway Farm shortly after his racing days were over.

Hernon says it’s fitting that the man who founded Gainesway Farm, John R. Gaines, is also the man who conceptualized the Breeders’ Cup, which for the first time is being run at Keeneland, which is in the farm’s backyard. “It’s all come together for us,” says Hernon.

Hernon says he is hoping for Tonalist or Frosted to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “He’s going to have to have his running shoes on because it’s a very competative field,” says Hernon. “May the best horse win.”

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