Pulpit - Tap Your Heels, By Unbridled
One of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the past half-century, Tapit has sired 27 grade 1 winners, 31 yearlings to bring $1 million or more at auction, and earners of more than $162 million on the racetrack. He stands at historic Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., for a 2021 fee of $185,000. To date, Tapit has sired 23 percent black-type horses, 138 overall stakes winners (86 graded), eight Eclipse Award winners, and six Breeders’ Cup winners. His 2020 standouts include undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Essential Quality. During his racing career Tapit won three of his six starts, including the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity. He was trained by Michael Dickinson for Winchell Thoroughbreds.
About the Owner
With eyes always on the future, Gainesway maintains clear roots in its history. A picturesque working farm of 1,500 acres along Paris Pike near Lexington, KY, today’s Gainesway encompasses the former Greentree Stud and Whitney Farm, legendary breeding operations whose decades of prominence ensured their bloodstock’s continued influence on the modern thoroughbred. Through careful stewardship of this land, Gainesway is writing its own chapter in the bluegrass.
Under the leadership of Antony Beck (whose late father, Graham Beck, purchased Gainesway from John Gaines in 1989), the property has grown to include broodmare, foal and yearling divisions, and the farm has become one of the industry’s leading sale consignors. A boutique thoroughbred nursery and stallion station by function, Gainesway is the only horse farm in the world to be accredited as an arboretum.
Gainesway’s roster of nine stallions is headlined by three-time champion sire Tapit, who has sired 23 Grade 1 winners, five Breeders’ Cup champions and three winners of the Belmont Stakes. Tapit stands alongside Afleet Alex, Anchor Down, Bird Song, Birdstone, Empire Maker, Karakontie, Tapizar and Tapwrit.