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Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) champ Tapizar to Gainesway


Friday, November 09, 2012 |
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Three-time graded stakes winner Tapizar, runaway winner of last weekend's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), 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 (G1) on Nov. 3rd at Santa Anita under Corey Nakatani. Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar becomes the first Grade 1 winner by Champion Sire Tapit to stand at Gainesway, where he will stand alongside his sire.

Gainesway President Antony Beck expressed his pleasure with the addition of Tapizar to the stallion roster. 

“We have been looking for the best son of Tapit to stand at Gainesway ever since it became apparent what an exceptional stallion he is,” he said. “Tapizar certainly fits the bill.  He’s the third stallion that we are standing for my good friend Ron Winchell.” 

Beck further noted Tapizar 's precocity and commercial appeal. “Tapizar broke his maiden by 10 lengths as a two-year-old at Churchill, then won his Graded stakes debut despite a testing six panels in 1:08 3/5,” he added.

Tapizar is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Winning Call, and from a family which has been in the Winchell family hands for three generations. This direct family includes Grade 1 winner Paddy O'Prado, Grade 1 winner and sire Olympio, and Grade 1 winner Pyro, each of whom was bred and/or raced by the Winchells.

“We have always felt Tapizar was an elite racehorse,” said Tapizar's owner and breeder, Ron Winchell. “I am very proud that he was able to deservingly fulfill his destiny on the racetrack. I am also very pleased he will be standing at stud next to Tapit at a truly premier farm.”

Tapizar retires with a record of 14-6-1-1 and $973,632. His victories also include the San Fernando S. (G2), Sham S. (G3) and West Virginia Governor's S. Tapizar's 2013 fee is $15,000 LFSN.

Tapizar is available for inspection beginning Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 from 11 am-3 pm.