11 April 2019

Gainesway Farm’s outstanding stallion TAPIT (Pulpit) made headlines at Tuesday’s Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale when his daughter out of G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes winner MY CONQUESTADORY topped the one day sale.

A full-sister to Tapit’s Road to the Kentucky Derby contender BOURBON WAR, the Tapit filly was knocked down to Chad Schumer, agent for Saudi Arabia's HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud, for $1.3 million.
This was the fifth highest price achieved in the Keeneland Two-Year-Old Sale, and another feather in the cap of triple US champion sire Tapit.

The latter has been on a roll in recent days, with his three-year-old son TACITUS scoring a courageous win in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct to stamp himself a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby, and his daughter CHASING YESTERDAY finishing third in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks.

Tapit, who is also broodmare sire of Sunday’s G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas winner) GRAN ALEGRIA, is having another good year and is currently the sire of six individual graded/group stakes winners in 2019.

The sire of 25 G1 winners (and counting), Tapit was Champion Sire in the USA in 2014,2015, and 2016.

Klawervlei Stud stand the only son of this great stallion at stud in South Africa in the form of the multiple graded stakes winning COUP DE GRACE. (Coup De Grace is out of a STORM CAT mare, and Storm Cat is also broodmare sire of CLOSE HATCHES –the dam of Tacitus).

Coup De Grace, whose first crop are yearlings in 2019, has 12 yearlings on offer at this month’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale including a half-brother (Lot 10) to Equus Champion LINK MAN, a filly (Lot 298) out of Devon Air Stakes winner BELOVED COUNTRY, and a half-brother (Lot 542) to the graded stakes winners EXIT HERE and EVENTUAL ANGEL.

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