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Tapit Yearlings On Top At Keeneland

Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale produced eight million dollar-plus horses with significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier session of Book 1.

Tapit Yearlings On Top At Keeneland

Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale produced eight million dollar-plus horses with significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier session of Book 1.

Tapit
Tapit

Leading the action was a $2.7 million Tapit filly purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier.

She is the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September Sale since 2008.


The session saw 95 yearlings sold for a gross of $54,175,000, up 56.89 percent from the $34,531,000 posted for the opening session of last year’s three-day Book 1.

Substantial increases also were recorded for the session average of $570,263, up 78.36 percent from last year’s $319,731.

The median price of $500,000 was 86.92 percent higher than $267,500 in 2016.

Eight million-dollar horses were sold, one less than last year’s entire September Sale.

The top 10 highest-priced horses were purchased by eight individual interests representing both US and foreign buyers.

Keeneland revised the format of the September Sale to increase the number of upper-market horses presented to prospective buyers during Week 1 of the sale.

A total of 167 elite yearlings were cataloged for the one-day Book 1 session to be followed by 1,036 top-quality yearlings over the next three days in Book 2 before the sale takes a one-day hiatus on Friday.

Monday’s $2.7 million filly is out of the G2-placed Beau Genius mare Pretty ‘n Smart and is a full sister to this year’s G1 winner Cupid, and half-sister to G3 winners Heart Ashley and Ashley’s Kitty and stakes winner Indianapolis.

A Tapit colt from the family of the late champion and leading sire Saint Liam and 2017 G1 winner Gun Runner sold to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $2.6 million.

The colt is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Medaglia d’Oro mare Miss Besilu.

Tapit was also the sire of the third-highest priced yearling, a colt out of G1 winner Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow, sold to Shadwell Estate for $2.5 million.

Agent Donato Lanni paid $1.9 million for a War Front colt who is the first foal out of G1 winner Iotapa, by Afleet Alex.

Larry Best’s Oxo Equine purchased three yearlings for a total of $3.41 million, including $1.6 million for a daughter of War Front out of G3 winner Aloof from the family of multiple G1 winner Churchill.

The session’s leading buyer, Shadwell acquired eight horses for $6,825,000 while Taylor Made was the leading consignor, selling 17 horses for $11,525,000.

The September Sale continues through to September 23.

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