Gainesway announced its 2017 stud fees Nov. 10, with leading sire Tapit again headlining the roster and standing for an industry-leading fee of $300,000.
John Oxley’s Noble Bird parlayed his 1½-length victory in the Oct. 1 Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs into a 5¾-length rout in the Fayette Stakes (G2) on the Oct. 29 closing card of Keeneland’s fall meet.
A pair of Gainesway-sired colts were among the top offerings Oct. 4 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale in Timonium, Md.
Birdstone’s 5-year-old son Noble Bird has already taken owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse to a Grade 1 win at Churchill Downs, and if the handsome chestnut’s performance in the Oct. 1 Lukas Classic is any indication, another victory at the highest level just might be in their future. He took Churchill’s Stephen Foster Handicap last year.