The latest achievements for Gainesway and our roster of stallions
American Pastime, the promising 3-year-old Tapizar colt who earned “TDN Rising Star” status for his 4½-length debut victory March 11, returned to the Santa Anita winner’s circle June 11 after a similarly impressive allowance score.
Gainesway’s champion sire Tapit reached another milestone June 10 when his son Tapwrit won the 149th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. For the third time in four years, a son of Tapit has won the “Test of the Champion.”
Tapizar debutante Firefoot, a Keeneland September Book 1 graduate, overcame a slow beginning to score impressively in her unveiling June 4 at Gulfstream Park.
With his dominating 3¼-length victory in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Cupid became the 21st Grade or Group 1 winner by Gainesway’s three-time leading sire Tapit and earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure.
A colt from the second crop of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tapizar brought $250,000 during the May 23 session of Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old Tapit filly Actress made a splash, literally and figuratively, when she broke her maiden in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19, her third career start.
The dream did indeed come true for the owners and connections of Always Dreaming in the 143rd Kentucky Derby. As the appropriately-named 3-year-old powered to a decisive 2¾-length triumph May 6 at Churchill Downs, it was a career-defining achievement for a colt whose preeminent classic sire line keeps finding roses.
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.
A pair of high-priced Tapit offerings added fuel to a record-setting OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training that set records in gross and average price.
Gainesway’s young stallion Tapizar has had quite a good run of late, siring five winners in eight days. The most exciting of these might have been American Pastime, whose brilliant debut March 11 at Santa Anita Park earned “TDN Rising Star” designation and a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.