Gainesway Sires Shine at Keeneland November

KARAKONTIE, TAPIT, and TAPWRIT all left the Keeneland November Sale with strong results, including one of the most expensive racehorses of the sale and weanlings selling for 10 times TAPWRIT’s stud fee.

KARAKONTIE saw daughter Abuse Of Power bring one of the highest prices during the racehorse section of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when purchased for $120,000 by Preferred Equine as agent for Lindy Farms. Consigned by ELiTE as agent, the filly broke her maiden in September by an easy 5 ¼ lengths and has never been off the board in her three starts.

Having the highest percentage of stakes winners of any second crop sire this year, Karakontie is set to stand for $10,000 in 2021.

Record-breaking sire TAPIT saw daughter Demimondaine bring the 13th highest price of Book 1 during the sale when sold to Claiborne Farm as agent for $900,000. A winner on the track, Demimondaine is out of stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Colonial Flag and is a granddaughter of Silk N’ Sapphire. That mare is the dam of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account, who is also the dam of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Sharing and stakes winner Riley’s Choice.

TAPIT’S weanlings also proved to be in demand with his daughter out of Majestic Jewel (Cindago) bringing $300,0000. One of the most expensive weanlings of Book 1, the Warrendale Sales-offered filly is out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and stakes producer Evening Jewel and stakes winner Deep Jewelry. The dam of two winners from two to race, Majestic Jewel is also a half-sister to the dams of Grade 1 winner Denman’s Call and stakes winner Roo’s Valentine.

One of the top sires in the world, TAPIT stands for $185,000 in 2021.

TAPWRIT’S first weanlings sold for up to 10-times his 2021 stud fee at the sale, led by a son of the winning Smart Strike mare Smart N Soft.

The colt saw an update to his page in the months leading up to the sale when his 2-year-old sister placed in both her starts, including just a nose loss at Keeneland. A grandson of Grade 2 winner Softly, the colt’s family also includes TAPIT’S Grade 2 winner Conquest Big E and Grade 3 winner Coragil Cat among 13 stakes horses named on his page.

He was followed by other weanlings bringing $75,000, $67,000, $60,000, ect at the sale with none selling for less than double his stud fee.

Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner TAPWRIT is preparing for his second crop of foals in 2021, where he’ll stand for $10,000.

The late EMPIRE MAKER’s final crop of weanlings was led by a $230,000 filly out of the stakes-placed Sweet Sting during the second session of the sale. Consigned by Hidden Brook, the granddaughter of champion Perfect Sting hammered to Pam and Marty Wygod as the first foal out of her dam. Sweet Sting is one of three stakes horses for her three-time Grade 1 winning dam, alongside Grade 3 winner Smart Sting and Grade 2-placed Perfect Bullet with two other sisters producing three stakes horses between them.

That filly was followed by a $150,000 colt from the Hunter Valley Farm consignment out of Reading Room, who was purchased by David Wade as agent for Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds. From the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Conveyance and stakes winners Gate and Cavalia, the colt has 11 stakes horses listed on his page.

A top sire and broodmare sire, EMPIRE MAKER has also proved to be a sire-of-sires as the grandsire of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming among many others.