Freshman sire Karakontie notched his first winner as a stallion when his juvenile daughter Karak prevailed in her career debut at Belmont Park May 25, becoming a TDN Rising Star in the process.
Gainesway’s popular young sire Karakontie is making a splash in the sales ring. Already this year, five of his first-crop juveniles have commanded six-figure prices.
Karakontie, a brilliant miler and 3-time international G1 winner, is represented by his first-crop 2-year-olds at the OBS March Sale. Among the three juveniles catalogued, two breezed today (March 7) with both posting exceptional times.
It’s no secret that European Classic-winning miler Karakontie could be poised to become Gainesway’s next star stallion in a long line of great European imports.
Young Gainesway stallion Karakontie was named a 2019 value sire by bloodstock writer and pedigree consultant Bill Oppenheim in his annual feature that was released Dec. 3.
First-crop weanling sire Karakontie jumped out to a fast start when his first three November offerings averaged $163,333, more than 10 times the stud fee they were bred on.
Gainesway has released stud fees for its 2018 roster, and Tapit, the leading North American sire in 2014, 2015, and 2016, will again command a $300,000 fee and his book will be limited to 125 mares.
The first foals by triple Grade/Group 1 winner Karakontie continue to impress as they arrive and develop around the Bluegrass. Gainesway, which stands Karakontie and has provided significant mare support to the stallion, has several of Karakontie’s first foals at the Lexington property.
Gainesway’s three-time Grade/Group 1 winner Karakontie sired his first reported foal Jan. 19, a filly bred by Jim and Pam Robinson’s Brandywine Farm and foaled at their Paris, Ky., property.
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.