With two new graded stakes winners, Tapit soars ahead of all 2019 North American stallions by black-type winners with nine to his credit. English Channel and Curlin are tied for second on that list with four graded stakes winners each in 2019.
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.
Gainesway earned some accolades as breeders when the Jaywalk earned an Eclipse Award Winner as top 2018 2-year-old filly.
Tapit’s daughter Unique Bella boosted her star status to new echelons when the gray mare received an Eclipse Award as 2018 champion older dirt female. Now a dual champion, Unique Bella was also named the nation’s top female sprinter in 2017.
Tapizar is beginning to follow in the footsteps of his champion sire Tapit by throwing champion runners. The stallion was represented by his first Eclipse Award winner when his talented daughter Monomoy Girl clinched the 2018 title for top 3-year-old filly.
Gainesway’s three-time leading sire Tapit completed the 2018 racing season as the No. 1 sire by Beyer Speed Figure performance standings, Daily Racing Form reported Jan. 2.
Two-year-old Tapit colts Cornacchia and Gun It both won maiden special weight races Dec. 22 at Fair Grounds and were named “TDN Rising Stars” for their performances.
Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Dream Pauline scored a narrow but determined victory in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) Dec. 15 at Gulfstream Park to become the latest graded stakes winner for champion sire Tapit.
Chasing Yesterday, a 2-year-old Tapit half-sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, gamely won the Dec. 8 Starlet Stakes (G1) at Los Alamitos to become her sire’s 25th Grade 1 winner.
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.