With the final entries taken and post positions drawn for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, five contenders for the May 6 Churchill Downs classic have ties to Gainesway stallions.
Tapwrit tossed his hat into the spring classics ring March 11 with a brilliant performance in the Grade 2 $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, dispatching a field of nine other hopefuls. The handsome, muscular gray son of leading sire Tapit set a stakes record for the 1 1/16-mile major prep for the Kentucky Derby and also earned 50 Kentucky Derby points.
Gainesway freshman sire To Honor and Serve was represented by his ninth winner Nov. 6 at Tokyo Racecourse when 2-year-old colt Old Bailey won a 6½-furlong maiden race over dirt in his debut.
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.
First-crop sire To Honor and Serve was represented by his seventh winner Oct. 19 when Conrad Farms’ homebred colt State of Honor romped by 4¾ lengths in a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Woodbine.
Gainesway’s freshman sire To Honor and Serve racked up his sixth juvenile winner Oct. 15 when his son Salute With Honor won a Gulfstream Park West maiden special weight in his debut.
The first black-type stakes winner for Gainesway’s freshman sire To Honor and Serve was served up with a Latin flavor when his juvenile son Steps to Heaven won the Oct. 2 Clásico Fernández at Hipódromo Presidente Remón in Panama.
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To Honor and Serve had one of the top 10 colt prices during the Sept. 18 session of the Keeneland September sale with a $210,000 yearling consigned by Gainesway, agent.
First-crop sire To Honor and Serve, who already has a pair of stakes horses to his name, earned his fourth winner Sept. 4 when first-time starter For Honor dominated a field of 2-year-old fillies in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race at Saratoga.