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Afleet Express inside and jockey Javier Castellano win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse 28.08.2010

Afleet Express (inside): this year's Travers Stakes winner will stand his first season at Gainesway in Kentucky at a fee of $10,000

  PICTURE: EquiSport Photos/Jessie Holmes 

Gainesway increases Tapit's fee to $80,000

TAPIT'S fee will rise for the third consecutive year next season after Gainesway Farm in Kentucky announced on Tuesday that the leading young sire will stand for $80,000 in 2011.

The son of Pulpit has sired four Grade 1 winners from three crops of racing age, all of whom were conceived off a fee no higher than $15,000. They include this year's Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes winner Tell A Kelly.

Tapit covered 169 mares this season at a fee of $50,000.

This season's leading US second-crop sire Afleet Alex has had his fee raised from $15,000 to $25,000 while his Travers Stakes-winning son Afleet Express will enter stud at $10,000.

Gainesway has reduced the fees for each of its six other stallions including Mr Greeley, who has been cut from $50,000 to $40,000.


 Name  2010 fee  2011 fee
 Afleet Alex  $15,000  $25,000
 * Afleet Express  n/a  $10,000
 Birdstone  $30,000  $20,000
 Corinthian  $30,000  $25,000
 Mr Greeley  $50,000  $40,000
 Orientate  $10,000  $7,500
 Smoke Glacken  $12,500  $10,000
 Tapit  $50,000  $80,000
 Whywhywhy  $5,000  $3,500



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