Arguably the most important young sire in America, Tapit has sired horses capable of winning championships, Breeders' Cup races, and major Grade 1 events from the beginning of his stud career, which began with him covering mares for a medium-range fee at Gainesway Farm.
Currently, the elegant gray son of Pulpit has risen to such demand in the stallion marketplace that he has one of the higher stud fees in the country, and he has become the highest-priced stallion at Gainesway. As a result of the accelerating demand for Tapit, the stallion's foals, yearlings, 2-year-olds, and in-foal mares have appreciated ahead of the economy.
That is welcome news for breeders, who have been laboring behind the curve for far too long.
Among the several offerings of mares in foal to Tapit at this year's Keeneland January sale are some who will surely make very significant sums, including Hip 623, Art Princess, a half-sister to G1 winner Zazu (by Tapit); Hip 611, the stakes-winning Afleet Alex mare Alexandra Rylee in foal on an April 4 cover; and Hip 733, the Grand Slam mare Grand Portege, who earned $101,171 and is in foal on a May 24 cover. Grand Portege is also a half-sister to 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford, and this is a family the late Bentley Smith cultivated, as he bred multiple G1 winner Lady Joanne, another sibling to Grand Portege.
These and other mares noted in the catalog are typical of the producers that are now available to Tapit as a leading sire who has shown the dimensions of his importance at stud. His stock run on all surfaces, make good 2-year-olds who mature to become good classic stock, and they have the scope and potential to become top older horses too. Usually, the Tapits prefer a mile or more, with a few, such as the new 2012 stallion Trappe Shot, also showing high speed over six and seven furlongs with a victory in the G2 True North and a second in the G1 Alfred Vanderbilt last season.
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