Tapit Leads Saratoga Sale Sire Ranks by Average

Gainesway’s three-time North American leading sire Tapit   was not represented by a seven-figure yearling at The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selected yearling sale Aug. 9-10, but he still claimed the top spot in the sire rankings by average price.

Yearlings by the 20-year-old son of Pulpit averaged $710,000 from four sold out of five offered. His top seller came oh-so-close to breaching the $1 million threshold when West Point Thoroughbreds, Scarlet Oak Racing, and John Ballantyne’s NBS Stable went to $990,000 for a filly out of Checkupfromzneckup . The mare is a stakes-placed daughter of Dixie Union and out of grade 1-placed winner Unbridled Lassie. The Tapit filly was consigned by Denali Stud as Hip 61.

Tapit was the leading sire for three consecutive years from 2014-16 and set single-season progeny earnings records for each of those years. His single-season record was broken by Spendthrift Farm’s Into Mischief   last year, but Tapit is still the leading active North American sire by career progeny earnings at more than $172.5 million. His progeny also have produced the highest average earnings per runner at $144,477.

Yearlings by Three Chimneys Farm’s freshman sire Gun Runner   gave a strong accounting at The Saratoga Sale with two sold from as many offered averaging $700,000. The son of Candy Ride  , six-time grade 1 winner, and 2017 Horse of the Year had a top seller of $850,000, which Maverick Racing paid for a colt (Hip 76) out of the Tiznow  mare Dayfa out of Denali Stud’s consignment.

Quality Road (2006, Elusive Quality--Kobla, by Strawberry Road, $35,000, Lane's End Farm, Versailles, Ky.).
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Quality Road at Lane’s End Farm

Lane’s End’s Quality Road   and Into Mischief rank third and fourth, respectively, by average for the two-day sale but their yearlings were dominant during the stronger second session.

An Into Mischief colt out of grade 1 winner Paola Queen  topped the sale at $2.6 million, which is where Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier landed after a spirited and protracted bidding war. Bred by Don Alberto, the colt (Hip 168) is the second foal out of Paola Queen, who produced a full sister to the sale topper this year. Don Alberto acquired Paola Queen for $1.7 million at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Quality Road had his own seven-figure home run when Kindred Stables went to $1 million to acquire a filly out of Above Perfection, the dam of 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming  , grade 1 Hot Dixie Chick , and grade 2 winner Positive Spirit .

For the second session, Into Mischief was the leading sire with a $750,000 average, followed closely by Quality Road at $740,000 and Tapit at $700,000.

Among first-crop yearling sires, Ashford Stud’s Triple Crown winner Justify   stayed atop the rankings with a $567,500 average from four sold out of 10 offered. Lane’s End’s City of Light   also had strong returns with seven sold out of seven offered generating a $427,857 average.

The big market mover among the first-crop sires was Spendthrift’s Bolt d’Oro  , who not only ranked third among first-crop yearling sires with an impressive $407,000 average, but was represented by a $1.4 million colt (Hip 132) during the Aug. 10 session. The colt is out of Lotta Kim, making him a half brother to champion 3-year-old filly and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra .

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