Tapit’s record-breaking year in North America

Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit has won the 2014 North American sires’ premiership with a record-breaking total of $16.80 million.

The 13 year-old son of Pulpit (A P Indy) overhauled Smart Strike’s previous record of $14.30 million when Untapable became his fifth Breeders Cup winner in seven crops of racing age by winning the G1 Breeders Cup Distaff on October 31.

Tapit, who stands for a $300,000 fee at Gainesway, finished more than $4 million clear of three-time champion Giant’s Causeway ($12.68 million).

Kitten’s Joy, the 2013 North American champion, was third on $11.71 million followed by Lane’s End stallions City Zip ($11.30 million) and Candy Ride ($10.50 million).

Ashford Stud champion Giant’s Causeway (164) topped the individual winners list ahead of City Zip (160), Tapit (156), Candy Ride (153) and Malibu Moon (152).

Giant’s Causeway also won the 2YO title with earnings of $2.97 million with Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi contributing $1.62 million.

Lane’s End sire Quality Road (Elusive Quality) won the freshman title with $1.57 million to pip Super Saver ($1.54 million) in a finish that went down to the final days of the year.

Quality Road sired G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny and unbeaten G2 Nashua Stakes winner Blofeld.   Super Saver was represented by Saratoga feature winners Competitive Edge (G1 Hopeful Stakes) and I Spent It (G2 Saratoga Special).