Gainesway Farm: A Visit with Racing Royalty (VIDEO)

March 27, 2017 05:56am
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Photo: Brett Workman

There are so many great farms to visit in the bluegrass of Kentucky, but only one has Tapit. Because of the big horse, Gainesway Farm was an easy choice as a must visit. The leading sire in each of the last three years is definitely the star of the show at the picturesque and historic Lexington farm, but Gainesway is anything but a one stud pony.

They also have stallions like Empire Maker, who happily returned to the United States for the 2016 breeding season, after several years in Japan. The horse Bobby Frankel called 'the best he ever trained' is aptly named, and in my opinion, an important sire on the American breeding landscape. Needless to say, it's good to have the sire of Royal Delta, and grandsire of American Pharoah back in Kentucky.

Dripping with history, Gainesway currently has a wonderful mix of stallions. Sure there is plenty of speed within, but they also boast multiple sires of Belmont Stakes winners, as well as multiple Belmont Stakes winners themselves. In Tapit, Empire Maker, Afleet Alex, and Birdstone, this farm offers stallions who will not wilt at classic distances.

Want speed? Take a look at young Gainesway sires like Tapizar and Anchor Down. Two of America's best dirt milers in recent years, join other interesting farm stallions; Karakontie, To Honor and Serve, and Hat Trick to make it one of the most well-rounded stallion barns in the world.

The folks at Gainesway could not have been more hospitable in welcoming Horse Racing Nation for the afternoon. A special thank you goes to Ian Tapp, Sales and Bloodstock Development. His knowledge and willingness to assist made our visit a pleasure, and hopefully, our video one that you will enjoy watching...

Video produced by Brett Workman & narrated by Brian Zipse


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Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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