“It has always been Gainesway’s goal to provide breeders with quality and value. The current economic climate that breeders are facing makes this more important than ever. Our stallion roster offers a diverse group of established stallions and exciting young studs who look to establish a new era at Gainesway,” said Gainesway CEO Antony Beck.
Tapit, a three-time champion sire, has solidified his status as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the last half century. North America’s leading stallion by lifetime Graded Stakes winners (84), Grade 1 winners (27), and progeny earnings ($159,714,395) will stand for $185,000 in 2021. He is the only stallion to appear in the Top 5 General Sires list 9 of the past 10 years.
In 2020, Tapit is represented by recent Grade 1 winners and Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Valiance and Essential Quality. In the sales ring, yearlings by Tapit topped both opening sessions of Keeneland’s September Sale, including the $2-million sale topper.
Among the nation’s leading broodmare sires, Tapit is also cementing his legacy as a sire of sires. His top sons at stud include Constitution and Tapizar, plus promising young sires Frosted, Tonalist, Tapiture, and Tapwrit.
McKinzie, a brilliantly fast four-time Grade 1 winner, will enter stud in 2021. The son of Street Sense will stand for $30,000. A Grade 1 winner at ages 2, 3, and 4, McKinzie posted eleven triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures during his career, as well as an impressive ¼ Ragozin in winning the Whitney Stakes (G1). His seven graded stakes wins include four Grade 1 victories for career earnings of nearly $3.5-million.
Beck added, “I am excited about beginning this new chapter in the Gainesway stallions with McKinzie. His accolades on the racetrack speak for themselves with his brilliance and race record, I couldn’t think of a better prospect to bring to Gainesway to compliment our champion sire Tapit.”
Karakontie, who has gotten off to a fast start at stud, will stand for $10,000. A three-time Grade 1 winner, including the 2,000 Guineas and Breeders’ Cup Mile, Karakontie hails from the family of Kingmambo. A testament to his versatility and international appeal, Karakontie is represented by stakes horses in three different countries, including Graded Stakes victories on both dirt and turf. His two-year-old daughter, Spanish Loveaffair, is a Breeders’ Cup hopeful following a win in this year’s Sharp Susan Stakes and a runner-up finish in the Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in her last out. His three-year-old daughter, Princess Grace, has won two of three starts and finished runner-up in the Valley View Stakes (G3) at Keeneland Oct. 16. Karakontie also had a session-topping yearling sell for $500,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.
Tapwrit, a $1.2-million yearling purchase turned classic winner and stakes record setter, will stand for $10,000. Out of juvenile Grade 1 winner Appealing Zophie, Tapwrit is among the best bred sons of Tapit to ever enter stud. His much-anticipated first weanlings will be offered at the upcoming November Breeding Stock sales.
Tapizar, a Breeders’ Cup-winning miler by Tapit from the family of champion filly Untapable, will stand for $10,000. Tapizar’s graded stakes winners include the sensational racemare, Monomoy Girl, an Eclipse Champion and six-time Grade 1 winner. His two-year-olds sold up to $500,000 at this year’s OBS March sale.
“We have a stallion for every breeder,” said Sean Tugel, Gainesway’s Director of Stallion Sales & Recruitment. “Tapit has solidified himself as a generational stallion who is going to leave a lasting legacy with his sons and daughters. Tapwrit, was a sales topper in Saratoga and his foals share those same great qualities. Karakontie is an emerging sire of class and a great source of Storm Cat. McKinzie is the best prospect to retire this season with a portfolio that stands out amongst his peers.”
Northern Alfeet – Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster
Tapit – Successful Outlook, by Orientate
Bernstein – Sun Is Up, by Sunday Silence
Street Sense – Runway Model, by Petionville
Pulpit – Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled
Tapit – Winning Call, by Deputy Minister
Tapit – Appealing Zophie, by Successful Appeal
All stud fees are payable LFSN (live foal stands and nurses).
Questions? Contact Sean Tugel at 859.940.0456