07/18/2016 2:20PM

Tapit hits $100 million mark in progeny earnings

Barbara D. Livingston
Tapit has sired 84 stakes winners.

North America’s leading sire, Tapit, hit the $100 million mark in career progeny earnings Saturday thanks to Cupid’s victory in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby.

Through Saturday, the Gainesway Farm resident’s worldwide career earnings from nine crops of racing age stood at $100,077,292. He is the sire of 587 winners from 773 starters – for healthy average earnings of $129,466 per starter – and 84 stakes winners.

Comparing Tapit to his peers, other perennial leading sires who compete for similar purse levels, he has reached the $100 million milestone quite swiftly. Giant’s Causeway has finished among the top 10 general sires every year since 2005, leading the list in 2009, 2010, and 2012. He passed the $100 million mark in 2012, doing so, like Tapit, with nine crops of racing age; however, that span also included several years when he stood in dual hemispheres, giving him more foals. His career earnings currently stand at $148.7 million.

The late Smart Strike was the leading sire in 2007 and 2008, establishing a single-year earnings record since broken by Tapit. He passed the $100 million mark in 2013 with his 14th crop of racing age. The stallion, who died last year, currently has earnings of $131.4 million.

Several other names that regularly appear with these three on the leading sires list, such as Kitten’s Joy, Malibu Moon, Speightstown, and Medaglia d’Oro, have yet to approach the milestone.

Tapit was North America’s leading freshman sire of 2008, ranked among the leading general sires in 2011 and 2012, and assumed command of that list in 2014 with nearly $16.5 million, breaking Smart Strike’s single-season earnings record. He again topped the standings in 2015 with a bankroll of $17,677,580. Tapit leads the general sires list with $12,129,042 this season.

Tapit’s leading runners include the champion Untapable, the winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff and an earner of more than $3.9 million; Belmont Stakes winners Creator and Tonalist, the latter of whom also won the Cigar Mile and two editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and earned more than $2.6 million; juvenile champions Stardom Bound and Hansen; and multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted, the smashing winner of the Metropolitan Handicap. Tapit is also the sire of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar and Grade 1 winners Tapitsfly, Constitution, Joyful Victory, Ring Weekend, and Careless Jewel. His international standouts are led by Japanese Group 1 winner Testa Matta, who earned more than $4.7 million.