Tepin, a two-time Eclipse Award winning Champion, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November auction on Monday, Nov. 6th, it was announced on Friday afternoon.
Elite Sales, a new sales prep agency and consignor who made a splash this summer at the Horses of Racing Age Sale in Lexington, has been retained by owner Robert Masterson to offer the mare, who is carrying her first foal by leading sire Curlin.
In a press release issued on Friday, Masterson said, “My interest and love of the sport lies in racing, and my family and I have decided to sell her because we wanted her breeding career to be nurtured by someone who loves that aspect of the business as much as I love the racing aspect. It’s impossible to describe what Tepin has meant to me and my family. What happened is not believable. Everyone who races horses and who loves to do so has witnessed greatness. But never could you believe, even in your wildest dreams, that the best of the best could be yours.”
Tepin, ceertainly, was the best of the best. There is no argument there.
Tepin’s racing career included 11 — that is ELEVEN — Graded OR Group victories, including 6 Grade or Group 1s. She accomplished those lofty credentials in only 23 career starts, and amassed earnings of $4,437,918.
The reigning, back-to-back winner of the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Turf Horse in America, Tepin scored her biggest victories in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland and 2016 Queen Anne S. (G1) at Royal Ascot, defeating the best milers in the world – including both males and females.
In the latter, she made history by becoming the first Queen Anne winner trained outside Europe in 176 runnings of the prestigious one-mile event, and she joined Goldikova (Ire) in the record books as the only females to win both the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Queen Anne.
“Tepin was legendary on the racetrack, but the chance to add a collector’s item like her to a broodmare band is historic,” said Bradley Weisbord, one of the mainstays of the newly developed Eclipse Sales team. “She is the first mare to come to public auction having been both a Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and Queen Anne (G1) winner, which gives her unique worldwide appeal. Tepin has a great chance to shape catalogue pages for decades to come. Of the four fillies that have been Eclipse Champion Female Turf Horse twice, like Tepin, three have produced Graded or Group winners including Kingmambo and Australia, and the fourth had daughters produce Graded or Group winners.”
Tepin’s other Graded victories included the Woodbine Mile (G1) over males, First Lady S. (G1) and Jenny Wiley S. (G1) at Keeneland, Just a Game S. (G1) at Belmont, Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2) twice, Delta Downs Princess S. (G3) on dirt as a 2-year-old, and the Hillsborough S. (G2) and Endeavour S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. She joined elite company when becoming a two-time Champion Female Turf Horse honoree in 2015 & 2016, which had only been done before by legendary figures likes Goldikova (Ire), Ouija Board (GB), and Hall of Famers Miesque & Flawlessly. Tepin also ran historic speed figures, including a 110 Beyer – co-highest among Grade 1 turf milers in the last decade – and she stands as the only turf female ever to earn a negative Thoro-Graph figure five times.
Upon retirement earlier this year, Tepin was bred to Curlin and pronounced in foal on the first cover of her promising broodmare career. Connections believe she is poised to make more history when she sells at Fasig-Tipton November.
“Tepin captured the hearts and imagination of Thoroughbred fans around the world,” said Boyd Browning, President & CEO of Fasig-Tipton. “Her brilliance was only surpassed by her courage and determination to win. Tepin truly has unlimited potential as a broodmare. She is in foal on one cover to Curlin, sire of five Grade 1 winners in 2016 alone. It’s a once-a-decade type offering that is truly elite.”