10/08/2015 11:28AM

Race Day to Spendthrift in 2016


Multiple graded stakes winner Race Day will stand at Spendthrift Farm in 2016 as the Lexington, Ky., farm continues to expand its strong stallion roster.

The 4-year-old son of leading sire Tapit will be offered in Spendthrift's 'Share The Upside' incentive program, with his fee in that program $8,500 on a one-year commitment. Breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2017 after having one live foal and paying the stud fee. Share The Upside participants mat also breed a second mare to Race Day for $3,500 stands and nurses in each of his first three years at stud. For breeders not participating in the program, Race Day's fee will be $7,000 stands and nurses.

“We really made it a priority to be able to offer breeders a top son of Tapit through our ‘Share The Upside’ program, and Race Day has shown he’s one of the most talented Tapits coming off the racetrack this year,” Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager, said. “For $8,500, we’re giving people the opportunity to have a foal in 2017 and then receive a lifetime breeding right in an exciting son of Tapit. We don’t believe there’s a better offer under $10,000 in the industry, and we feel like Race Day will prove to be very popular.”

Race Day marks the latest acquisition for Spendthrift, which stood 18 stallions at its Kentucky base in 2015, anchored by classic sire Malibu Moon. The farm earlier this week announced it had acquired the rights to multiple Grade 1 winner Palace for 2016, and that it would move Court Vision and Victor's Cry from Canada to the Kentucky barn. The farm also adds Grade 1 winner Danza and Grade 3 winner Medal Count for 2016.

Race Day has won 5 of 10 career starts, highlighted by a 3 3/4-length romp in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in April. He also won the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap and finished third in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he is pointing to the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes on Oct. 30 at Keeneland.