Tapit, Newcomer McKinzie Lead Gainesway’s 2021 Stallion Roster

Gainesway announced stud fees Oct. 21 for its 2021 stallion roster.

“It has always been Gainesway’s goal to provide breeders with quality and value,” said Gainesway CEO Antony Beck. “The current economic climate that breeders are facing makes this more important than ever. Our stallion roster offers a diverse group of established stallions and exciting young studs who look to establish a new era at Gainesway.”

Tapit, a three-time champion sire, has solidified his status as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the last half century. North America’s leading stallion by lifetime graded stakes winners (84), Grade 1 winners (27), and progeny earnings ($159,714,395) will stand for $185,000 in 2021. He is the only stallion to appear in the top five general sires list nine of the past 10 years.

In 2020, Tapit is represented by recent Grade 1 winners and Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Valiance and Essential Quality. In the sales ring, yearlings by Tapit topped both opening sessions of Keeneland’s September Sale, including the $2-million sale topper.

Among the nation’s leading broodmare sires, Tapit is also cementing his legacy as a sire of sires. His top sons at stud include Constitution and Tapizar, plus promising young sires Frosted, Tonalist, Tapiture, and Tapwrit.

McKinzie, a brilliantly fast four-time Grade 1 winner, will enter stud in 2021. The son of Street Sense will stand for $30,000. A Grade 1 winner at ages two, three, and four, McKinzie posted 11 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures during his career, as well as an impressive 1/4 Ragozin in winning the G1 Whitney Stakes. His seven graded stakes wins include four Grade 1 victories for career earnings of nearly $3.5-million.

Beck added, “I am excited about beginning this new chapter in the Gainesway stallions with McKinzie.  His accolades on the racetrack speak for themselves with his brilliance and race record, I couldn’t think of a better prospect to bring to Gainesway to compliment our champion sire Tapit.”

Click here to view McKinzie’s digital flipbook.

Karakontie, who has gotten off to a fast start at stud, will stand for $10,000. A three-time Grade 1 winner, including the 2,000 Guineas and Breeders’ Cup Mile, Karakontie hails from the family of Kingmambo. A testament to his versatility and international appeal, Karakontie is represented by stakes horses in three different countries, including graded stakes victories on both dirt and turf.

His 2-year-old daughter, Spanish Loveaffair, is a Breeders’ Cup hopeful following a win in this year’s Sharp Susan Stakes and a runner-up finish in the G2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland in her last out. His 3-year-old daughter, Princess Grace, has won two of three starts and finished runner-up in the G3 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 16. Karakontie also had a session-topping yearling sell for $500,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.

Tapwrit, a $1.2-million yearling purchase turned classic winner and stakes record setter, will stand for $10,000. Out of juvenile Grade 1 winner Appealing Zophie, Tapwrit is among the best bred sons of Tapit to ever enter stud. His much-anticipated first weanlings will be offered at the upcoming November Breeding Stock sales.

Tapizar, a Breeders’ Cup-winning miler by Tapit from the family of champion filly Untapable, will stand for $10,000. Tapizar’s graded stakes winners include the sensational racemare, Monomoy Girl, an Eclipse champion and six-time Grade 1 winner. His 2-year-olds sold up to $500,000 at this year’s OBS March sale.

“We have a stallion for every breeder,” said Sean Tugel, Gainesway’s director of stallion sales and recruitment. “Tapit has solidified himself as a generational stallion who is going to leave a lasting legacy with his sons and daughters. Tapwrit, was a sales topper in Saratoga and his foals share those same great qualities. Karakontie is an emerging sire of class and a great source of Storm Cat. McKinzie is the best prospect to retire this season with a portfolio that stands out amongst his peers.”

2021 Roster and Stud Fees:

Afleet Alex
Northern Alfeet – Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster
Fee: $6,500

Anchor Down
Tapit – Successful Outlook, by Orientate
Fee: $5,000

Karakontie
Bernstein – Sun Is Up, by Sunday Silence
Fee: $10,000

McKinzie
Street Sense – Runway Model, by Petionville
Fee: $30,000

Tapit
Pulpit – Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled
Fee: $185,000

Tapizar
Tapit – Winning Call, by Deputy Minister
Fee: $10,000

Tapwrit
Tapit – Appealing Zophie, by Successful Appeal
Fee: $10,000

All stud fees are payable LFSN (live foal stands and nurses).

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