A legendary milestone in the siring career of Tapit occurred following the win of his son Cupid in the $500,000 Indiana Derby on July 16. Turns out the victory at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino by Cupid earlier this month brought Tapit’s progeny career earnings over the $100 million mark. It’s a feat accomplished through nine racing age crops.
“It was an exciting race,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes in regards to Cupid’s win. “He was all over the place. (Jockey Rafael Bejarano) had to get him to run early and use him, but once he got into cruising gear, he looked good. Late down the lane, I don’t know what it was. He was still on his left lead and leaning in—he was all over the place. But anyway, we got it done.”
Tapit has twice broken the yearly record for U.S. progeny earnings. The first time it happened was in 2014 with progeny earnings of $16.8 million. In 2015 he broke that record with $18.4 million in progeny earnings. He leads the pack again this year at $11.6 million.
“Tapit is no stranger to remarkable achievements as a sire, whether it’s on the racetrack or in the sales ring,” said Ian Tapp. Tapp is in charge of bloodstock development and sales at Gainesway. “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 currently stands at Gainesway for a $300,000 fee and his book has been limited to only 135 this racing season.