Michael Hernon

Tapit Dominates Top Of Market On First Night Of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

The march of Gainesway’s cornerstone sire Tapit through the very highest points of the North American auction market continued on Monday during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, powered by the evening’s two most expensive offerings. The duo headlined a session that posted average and median sale prices well in excess […]

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Tapit The Undisputed King In The Final Leg Of The Triple Crown

Currently standing for $225,000 at Gainesway in Lexington, Kentucky, Tapit has produced three of the last five Belmont Stakes winners in Tonalist (2014), Creator (2016) and Tapwrit (2017). On Saturday, three sons of Tapit will contest the final leg of the Triple Crown – Tacitus, Intrepid Heart and Bourbon War. Mark Hernon, Director of Sales at Gainseway, said that […]

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Early Mares Bred To Gainesway’s Tapwrit Confirmed In Foal

Tapwrit, a classic winner and millionaire by Tapit, is off to a solid start at stud with a number of his first mares bred already confirmed in foal. “Reminiscent of his sire Tapit, Tapwrit has made a fast start to his stud career,” said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. “Tapwrit is showing strong libido and very […]

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$7.5-Million Lady Aurelia, Record-Priced Weanling Drive All-Time High Gross At Fasig-Tipton November Sale

It takes a lot to make history at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale, and a steady run of seven-figure horses helped do just that, with European champion Lady Aurelia and a record-priced weanling spearheading what was a record gross for the elite auction. Sunday’s renewal finished with 140 horses sold for all-time high […]

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Daddys Little Darling To Be Offered At Fasig-Tipton November

Gainesway, agent for Normandy Farm, will offer Grade 1 winner and millionaire Daddys Lil Darling at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The 4-year-old filly will be offered as a broodmare prospect. A daughter of top international sire Scat Daddy, Daddys Lil Darling provided many memorable wins for her owner and breeder, the late Nancy Polk […]

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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Bloodlines: Rachel Alexandra Winner Drums Up Hopeful Beat For Sire

A young stallion with his future on the brink and an older, proven star of the stallion ranks sired the winners of the two important 3-year-old preps at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 17. The once-beaten Monomoy Girl is a second-crop daughter of the Tapit stallion Tapizar, whose offspring so invigorated […]

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‘You’ve Got To Take A Shot’: Breeder Hernon Excited To Watch Hollywood Handsome In Belmont

Michael Hernon shows up frequently at racetracks to watch horses bred, sold or sired by stallions of Lexington’s Gainesway Farm, where he is director of sales. But Monday morning at Churchill Downs, Hernon was on hand to watch a horse produced from his own very small broodmare band: Hollywood Handsome. The relatively late addition to […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: ‘Forty Coats’ And The Tale Of Mr Maybe

With a victory in the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 14, Mr Maybe became the latest stakes winner and graded winner for Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, the most successful stallion son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again. Journalist and racing scribe Red Smith, for whom the handicap was named, […]

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Tapit Commands $300,000; 2016 Fees Announced At Gainesway

“We are very excited about Gainesway’s 2016 stallion roster which offers a strong balance of proven and promising prospects. Tapit has set the standard of excellence in the industry, being the leading commercial North American-based Sire, as well as Champion Sire for the second year in a row. He is fast-emerging as one of the […]

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