Tapit: King of Kegs and the Kentucky Derby?

Guinness-guzzling Tapit may prove his mettle as a sire after this year’s racing season is over. The 12-year-old whose modest race record consists of just three wins, has sons He’s Had Enough, Flashback, and Normandy Invasion vying for Kentucky Derby points, following up crops that included Stardom Bound, Careless Jewel, and Hansen. Tapit’s fee has […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Tapping Into Tapit

As part of a wildly successful weekend for leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit), the gray Gainesway Farm stallion had the winners of three individual graded stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday. Honorable Dillon won the G2 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream, and the lovely chestnut filly Tapicat won the G3 Florida Oaks over Tampa’s turf course. But […]

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Honorable Dillon takes Hutcheson

Eddie Kenneally and Joe Rocco Jr. had a plan for Honorable Dillon, and the 3-year-old son of Tapit followed it right into the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle Saturday after winning the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2). “The plan was to stalk the speed and not get too far back, not get in a speed duel, and […]

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Tapicat cruises in Florida Oaks

In the 30th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, Besilu Stables’ chestnut beauty Tapicat lived up to her 9-10 odds, taking the lead quickly after the start and winning virtually uncontested by two-and-three-quarter lengths from Kitten’s Dumplings. Wave Theory was third and supplemental entry Rusty Slipper fourth. This was the […]

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Falls City winner Arena Elvira retired

Arena Elvira, winner of the G2 Falls City Handicap has been retired and will be bred to Tapit this year. The 6-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper won nine of 17 starts on her way to earning $497,396 for owner Carolyn Wilson. While trained by Bill Mott, Arena Elvira won five consecutive stakes races, including the Falls […]

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Baffert: ‘Nothing lower than the death of a horse’

Trainer Bob Baffert issued the following statement in the wake of the fatal injury suffered by Tweebster, a Grade 2-placed 5-year-old Tapit gelding who fractured his sesamoids while pulling up after a fifth-place finish as the favorite in a $12,500 claiming race at Santa Anita Park on Sunday. Tweebster, owned by Kaleem Shah Inc. and […]

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Breeding plans set for Havre de Grace, Plum Pretty

Breeding plans have been made for reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty. Both mares were purchased for a combined $14.2 million by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm in November. According to an article in the Daily Racing Form, Havre de Grace is scheduled to visit […]

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Gainesway announces 2013 stud fees

The Beck family’s  Gainesway Farm announced the 2013 stud fees for their stallion roster. The farm will be adding two new stallions to their roster for 2013 – To Honor and Serve and Tapizar. Following are the 2013 fees for all Gainesway stallions: Afleet Alex   ($15,000)Afleet Express   ($5,000)Birdstone    ($10,000)Corinthian   ($10,000)Hat Trick   ($15,000)Orientate   ($6,500)Smoke Glacken   ($10,000)Tapit   […]

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BC Dirt Mile winner Tapizar to Gainesway

Triple Graded stakes winner Tapizar, runaway winner of last weekend’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family’s Gainesway Farm, it was announced Thursday. A three-time stakes winner this year alone, the 4-year-old is coming off an emphatic win in the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on November […]

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