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Tapit remains at $300,000 as Gainesway releases 2018 fees

Three of his yearlings sold for $2.5m or more this year

Tapit: most expensive advertised sire in North America
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Tapit - the leading North American sire in 2014, 2015 and 2016 - will continue to command a fee of $300,000, after Gainesway Farm released 2018 covering fees for its nine-strong roster.

The sire of Frosted increased his tally of Grade 1 winners to 23 in 2017, with Tapwrit becaming his third Belmont Stakes winner in four years. Dream Dancing captured the Del Mar Oaks to become Tapit's fourth Grade 1 winner on turf, while Cupid landed the 1m2f Santa Anita Gold Cup.

Tapit's progeny continued to be well received at the sales, posting a Keeneland September yearling average of $950,000 - the sale's highest since 2006.

Tapit sired the top-three most expensive yearlings sold in North America this year: a $2.7 million sister to Cupid, a $2.6m colt out of Miss Besilu, and a $2.5m colt out of Tiz Miz Sue.

Empire Maker, the sire of 11 elite winners, will again stand for a fee of $85,000. His first Gainesway-sired crop, since Empire Maker returned from a five-year stint in Japan, were foals this year and include a $425,000 filly sold at the Keeneland November Sale.

Tapizar, a son of Tapit who won the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, will see his price clipped from $15,000 to $12,500 in 2018.

Karakontie, a three-time winner at the highest level, will stand his third season at Gainesway at a fee of $10,000. Foals from his first crop sold for up to $250,000 this year.

Dual Graded stakes winner Bird Song is a new addition to the Gainesway roster for 2018. The son of Unbridled's Song and champion US three-year-old filly and Kentucky Oaks winner Bird Town will be offered to breeders at a fee of $5,000.

Gainesway Farm 2018 covering fees

  2017 2018 Difference
Afleet Alex      $10,000      $8,500 -$1,500
Anchor Down $10,000 $10,000 -
Bird Song new $5,000 n/a
Birdstone $5,000 $5,000 -
Empire Maker $85,000 $85,000 -
Karakontie $15,000 $10,000 -$5,000
Tapit $300,000 $300,000 -
Tapizar $15,000 $12,500 -$2,500
To Honor And Serve $10,000 $7,500 -$2,500

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The sire of Frosted increased his tally of Grade 1 winners to 23 in 2017, with Tapwrit becaming his third Belmont Stakes winner in four years

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