Tapit Colt Brings $1,000,000 on First Day of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

(Tapit colt sells for $1,000,000 on first day of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)

From the Fasig-Tipton Media Team:

Established sires ruled during the first session of the 99th Saratoga Sale held Monday at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Three-time leading sire Tapit, global superstar Medaglia d’Oro, and current leading sire Into Mischief accounted for five of the top 10 hips on the evening.

A colt by Tapit topped the first session when sold for $1,00,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds, L.E.B., agent (video). Offered as Hip 80 by Lane’s End, agent, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine. The colt is the second foal out of Edgewood S. (G3) winner Feathered, by Indian Charlie.

“We saw very competitive bidding throughout the evening,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. There was a lot of strength and a lot of diversity in that buying bench. The results were in line with our expectations based upon the feedback we’ve gotten this week from both buyers and sellers.”

Tapit was also responsible for the session’s top filly, which went through the ring as Hip 82 immediately after the session-topper (video). The leading filly was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for Heider Family Stables from the consignment of Gainesway, agent. Out of 100% winner-producer Pension, by Seeking the Gold, whose six winners include Grade 2 winner Annual Report and stakes winner Giant Payday. This deep female family includes Grade 1 winners The Liberal Member, Dancing Spree, Fantastic Find, Finder’s Fee, and Bigger Picture.

A filly by global sire Medaglia d’Oro also sold well when hammered down for $900,000 midway through the session (video). The filly was offered as Hip 49 by Eaton Sales, agent and purchased by Kerri Radcliffe, agent. She is a daughter of stakes winner Light the City (Street Sense), from the family of millionaire Two Step Salsa. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Breeze Easy, LLC.

“Overall, we’re very pleased,” added Browning. “We’ve got another outstanding group of horses on deck for tomorrow night. We’re set for a strong session tomorrow.”

Overall, 61 yearlings sold for $22,775,000, good for an average of $373,361, which represented a 6.6% increase over last year’s first session average of $348,976. The median increased 5.0% to $315,000 from $300,000 in 2018. Sixteen horses sold for $500,000 or more.

Session 1 results are available online.

The Saratoga Sale will continue tomorrow with Session 2 beginning at 6:30 PM.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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