BANDBOX, a four-length winner of the 2014 General George H.-G3 and a son of Leading Sire TAPIT, will stand his first season at stud in 2015 at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., according to an announcement from the farm. His stud fee will be $2,500 live foal and he is now available for inspection at the farm.
“We’re extremely excited to stand BANDBOX here in Maryland and, as far as we know he is the first Graded Stakes Winner by TAPIT to stand outside of Kentucky,” said Richard Golden, President/CEO of Northview Stallions.
In the $250,000 General George H.-G3, BANDBOX got away well and was sitting in sixth down the backstretch, about four lengths off the lead. He began his rally around the final turn but found himself behind a wall of horses as they neared the top of the stretch. BANDBOX swung six-wide into the stretch and then accelerated away from the field to win impressively registering a 102 Beyer Speed Figure.
Raced by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable and trained by Rodney Jenkins, BANDBOX won his first three starts at 2, including a 9 1/2-length runaway win in the $100,000 Charles Town Juvenile S. He also rallied, after stumbling at the start, to take Belmont’s Sleepy Hollow S. as the heavy favorite, and in his debut he put in a rally to win on the turf. In the fourth and final start of his juvenile year, BANDBOX finished on the board in the Remsen S.-G2 behind To Honor and Serve and Mucho Macho Man after a troubled trip throughout.
In his first start at three, BANDBOX finished a game second in Laurel’s Miracle Wood S., beaten only a neck, after setting the pace and then battling the length of the stretch. Next out, he stalked the pace and then took command at the top of the stretch to win the Private Terms S. BANDBOX also had runner-up finishes in the Maryland Sprint H.-G3 and Wild and Wonderful S. In the latter he ran a 101 Beyer. BANDBOX ended his racing career with five wins, four seconds and a third in 15 starts, and earnings of $390,345. Four of those wins and three of the seconds were in stakes. During his career, BANDBOX posted Equibase Speed Figures of 119, 117, etc.
His sire TAPIT is currently the leading sire with $9.7 million in earnings and has nine graded stakes winners this year, including Belmont S.-G1 winner Tonalist, Kentucky Oaks-G1 and Mother Goose S.-G1 winner Untapable, as well as Florida Derby-G1 winner Constitution.
BANDBOX is out of the young Grand Slam mare Empty the Bases. His second dam is by Deputy Minister and his third dam, Harlan Honey, won the Appalachian S. and Palisades S., both at Keeneland. Her daughter Impending Bear was named 2013 Broodmare of the Year in Venezuela after two of her offspring were named 2013 Champions in Venezuela.
Lifetime breeding rights to BANDBOX are $10,000, payable over four years with two seasons each year for the first five years. Shares are also available for $10,000, payable over four years at $2,500 each year with two seasons each year for the first five years.