12/01/2016 4:37PM

Gainesway Farm adds Anchor Down, son of Tapit, for 2017 breeding season

Barbara D. Livingston
Anchor Down will stand for $10,000 in his first season as a stallion.

Gainesway Farm, which stands leading sire Tapit, announced Thursday that it would be standing Tapit’s son, Anchor Down, for the 2017 breeding season. Anchor Down will be the second son of Tapit for Gainesway, which stands Tapit’s son Tapizar, who is fourth on this year’s freshman sire list. Anchor Down will stand for a fee of $10,000.

Campaigned by Alto Racing and trained by Todd Pletcher, Anchor Down developed into a stakes winner this year at 5, winning the Grade 2, one-mile Kelso Handicap in the final time of 1:32.90, earning a career-best 108 Beyer Speed Figure. He also won the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park in May and was second in Frosted’s romp in the Grade 1, one-mile Metropolitan Handicap in June. Anchor Down raced from 3 to 5 and won 5 of 17 starts and earned $734,254.

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Bred by Gainesway Farm, Anchor Down is out of the Orientate mare Successful Outlook, dam of Sweet Lulu, winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes. Anchor Down’s full brother, Iron Fist, was third in American Pharoah’s Del Mar Futurity.

“Anchor Down’s unique combination of pedigree, physical, and raw miler speed gives him the potential to make a very successful sire,” said Gainesway president Antony Beck.