11/08/2012 7:53PM

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar to stand at Gainesway

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Barbara D. Livingston
Tapizar, ridden by Corey Nakatani, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita last Saturday.

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar was retired Thursday and will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. The 4-year-old Tapit colt will stand for $15,000 live foal.

A Ron Winchell homebred trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar won 6 of 14 starts and earned $972,632. In addition to the BC Dirt Mile, he captured the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes and the West Virginia Governors' Stakes this year and the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in 2011.

Tapizar is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Winning Call. Notable family members include Grade 1 winners Olympio, Pyro, Paddy O'Prado, and Cuvee, and Grade 2 winners Call Now, Fun House, and Wild Wonder. His sire, Tapit, is a Gainesway stallion and is fourth on the North American general sire list.

"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," Gainesway President Antony Beck said. "Tapizar certainly fits the bill."

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

Tapizar will be available for inspection at Gainesway beginning Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.