Tapit Highlighting Top Prices At Keeneland September Opener

It’s perhaps no surprise that partway through the Keeneland September Sale opener, two Tapits have brought the highest prices. Hip 69, a filly out of Pretty ‘n Smart, raised $2.7 million from Coolmore for consignor VanMeter-Gentry sales.

The filly is from the family of Cupid, Heart Ashley, Indianapolis, and Ashley’s Kitty.

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm was the purchaser of a $2.6 million Tapit colt from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner. Pope admitted it was a little unusual for her to go to such a high price on a colt.

“It was the pedigree an I just really believe in this family, which is evident by what I bought out of it last year. This is the most I’ve spent on a colt, so he’s got to run,” said Pope, who is better known for purchasing broodmare prospects or young fillies for great sums, with the intent of selling the colts they produce. “He’s a very strong horse. There’s a little bit more to him than some of the Tapits. He’s got good bone. He seems to be good-minded; Tapits can be a little fragile in the brain sometimes.”

“Obviously I love Tapits as I buy them, breed them, and also sell them. I think Tapit is the best stallion we have in this country.”

Taylor Made consigned the son of Miss Besilu, whose dam also produced Saint Liam and Congressionalhonor.

Pope reported her facility there were a few downed trees and fencing at her facility in Florida, but all horses, people, and buildings had emerged from Hurricane Irma unscathed.

Earlier in the sale, the first colt out of multiple graded stakes winner Iotapa started things off with a bang, dropping the hammer at $1.9 million an hour into the auction on Monday. The colt, by War Front, was consigned by Taylor Made and purchased by Donato Lanni on behalf of an undisclosed client.

Additionally, buyer Larry Best went to $1.25 million for Hip 82, a daughter of War Front and Sealy Hill. The filly from the family of Hillaby, Belle Hill, and Gale Force was consigned via Gainesway.

All of Book 1 will be sold during Monday’s session, with hips 1 – 165 scheduled to go through the sales ring.

The world’s largest sale of Thoroughbred yearlings, the September Sale catalog represents the cream of the North American yearling crop and attracts the industry’s major buyers from across the U.S. and around the world. The sale always produces a wide range of figures that horsemen, the media and others will examine.

Here are a few numbers related to this year’s catalog:

4,138: Yearlings cataloged to the sale – 2,159 colts and 1,980 fillies.

1,799: Number of yearlings that are registered as bay, the most popular color. Of the other yearlings cataloged in the sale, 1,125 are dark bay or brown, 797 are chestnut, 328 are gray or roan, and one is black.

1,203: Yearlings cataloged in Week 1 of the sale, covering today’s Book 1 and Book 2 on TuesdayThursday.

310: Number of 2017 stakes in North America and internationally won by alumni of the September Sale.

206: Sires represented in entire sale.

167: Yearlings cataloged in Book 1, today’s opening session.

141: Consignors represented in entire sale.

46: Keeneland barns used to house the yearlings (barns are used more than once as the sale progresses.)

34: Number of 2017 Grade/Group 1 races won by alumni of the September Sale.

25: States, provinces and foreign countries where yearlings were foaled: Arkansas (3), British Columbia (1), California (14), Florida (148), France (1), Great Britain (2), Iowa (12), Illinois (1), Indiana (18), Ireland (1), Kentucky (3,559), Louisiana (13), Manitoba (1), Maryland (32), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), New York (101), Ohio (26), Oklahoma (9), Ontario (103), Pennsylvania (45), Texas (1), Virginia (28), West Virginia (14).

12: Sessions of the sale.

5: Number of catalogs for the sale. (Book 1 and 2 horses appear together in the first catalog.)

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