Belmont Stakes Winner Tapwrit Retired To Gainesway For 2019

by | 10.01.2018 | 12:22pm
Jose Ortiz smiles as Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes winner and millionaire Tapwrit has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Gainesway for a $12,500 stud fee in 2019.

A gray son of three-time leading sire Tapit, Tapwrit was a $1.2-million yearling purchase by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert V. LaPenta at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

Tapwrit is out of Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes winner and multiple graded-stakes producer Appealing Zophie, who is also the dam of 2018 G2 Del Mar Derby winner Ride a Comet.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Tapwrit captured Gulfstream Park's one-mile Pulpit Stakes as a 2-year-old.

At three, Tapwrit set a new stakes record in the 1 1/16-mile G2 Tampa Bay Derby, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:42.36. Following a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Tapwrit scored by two lengths in the Belmont Stakes. Tapwrit's 103 Beyer Speed Figure is the second-highest figure for a Belmont winner in the last decade, behind only American Pharoah's 105.

“Tapwrit always showed a great deal of ability, but in the Belmont Stakes he demonstrated the class and competitiveness you need to win a classic race,” Pletcher said. “With his outstanding physical and pedigree, Tapwrit certainly has the credentials to be a top sire.”

Eclipse president Aron Wellman said: “Tapwrit gave our partners one of the greatest highs a racehorse owner can have when he won the Belmont Stakes. Tapwrit remains the most expensive yearling Eclipse has ever acquired and formed a partnership for—a strong, well-made, beautiful yearling by champion sire Tapit out of a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old. He rewarded our confidence in him, and I look forward to him rewarding breeders in his new career at stud.”

Tapwrit is available for inspection at Gainesway from 1-2 p.m. daily.

“We are excited to be standing a classic-winning son of Tapit,” said Gainesway president Antony Beck. “Physically, Tapwrit is as impressive of a stallion as you will find. He's going to have beautiful yearlings and make a tremendous sire.”

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