Mayor Linda Gorton proclaimed April 15, 2021 as “Tapit Day” in Lexington, Kentucky.
Her official proclamation recognized Tapit as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the past half century, as well as one of the most valuable horses in America.
The Mayor also recognized Gainesway Farm as the well-renowned and historic home of Tapit, founded by John Gaines, and currently owned and operated by Antony Beck, who has made “significant contributions to Thoroughbred breeding and racing, as well as to the City of Lexington.”
“This is a special day for us at Gainesway,” said general manager Brian Graves. “Tapit has obviously been a tremendous asset and part of the Gainesway family. The Mayor said she has never known of another horse receiving such a proclamation. It is a great honor and Tapit is very deserving of this recognition.”
Tapit has earned champion sire honors three times during his illustrious stud career. He is the leading active sire in North America by lifetime Stakes Winners, Graded Stakes Winners, Grade 1 winners, and progeny earnings, which currently are approaching $170 million. In addition to his 27 Grade 1 winners, Tapit has sired seven champions and six Breeders’ Cup winners.