TAPIT, the leading stallion in North America, will have his stud fee for 2017 held steady at an industry-leading $300,000, Gainesway Farm announced this week.

Tapit is well on-track to take his third consecutive leading North American sire title with progeny earnings exceeding $18 million, which is more than $6.5 million ahead of second-ranked sire Curlin.

The 15-year-old son of Pulpit sired four new Gr1 winners this year in Creator (Belmont Stakes), Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta (dead-heated in Spinaway Stakes) and Time and Motion (QEII Challenge Cup Stakes).

Tapit’s average for yearlings was a $629,070. He led the sire ranks at Keeneland September with an average of $639,839.

Gainesway has been limiting Tapit’s book to 135 mares to protect the commercial value of his offspring for breeders. The ceiling will be lowered a bit more for 2017 to 125 mares. – from Bloodhorse.

*Coup De Grace, who stands at Klawervlei is the only son of Tapit at stud in South Africa.