Tapit, the two-time reigning leading North American sire, hit another stallion career milestone July 16 when Cupid won the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2), pushing the Gainesway stallion past the $100 million mark in lifetime progeny earnings.
“Tapit is no stranger to remarkable achievements as a sire, whether it’s on the racetrack or in the sales ring,” said Ian Tapp, who handles sales and bloodstock development at Gainesway in Kentucky. “Tapit is coming off a year when his yearlings averaged $615,000 and the mares in foal to him averaged $1.5 million.
“So when you consider the crops that are still in the pipeline, it’s obvious that crossing the $100 million mark in progeny earnings is going to be just another footnote to Tapit’s incredible career.”
Tapit was the leading sire of 2014 with record progeny earnings of $16.8 million, then upped that mark in 2015 when he again topped the general sires list with $18.4 million. Through July 17, his $11.6 million leads the list yet again, more than $3 million more than any other sire in North America. Tapit also tops the list by black-type winners (14), black-type wins (19), and graded stakes winners (8).
Tapit stands for a $300,000 fee at Gainesway. His book was limited to 135 mares this year.