In-foal mares topped buyers’ shopping lists and, as expected, the sales sheets. Through the first two days of Book 1, the current sale-topper is Unrivaled Belle, who sold in foal to Gainesway’s leading sire Tapit.
When the dollars stopped flying at the Nov. 7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November breeding stock sale, which saw gross, average, and median climb well beyond last year’s figures, a mare in foal to leading sire Tapit topped the auction.
Gainesway sales graduate Practical Joke overcame an awkward start in the Oct. 8 Champagne Stakes (G1) to run down front-running favorite Syndergaard in the final strides at Belmont Park. Practical Joke completed the mile in 1:34.68.
Tapizar, a top-three sire in several categories on the 2016 first-crop sire list, continues to show strong results during the Keeneland September yearling sale, with a filly bringing a winning bid of $165,000 during the Sept. 20 session.
To Honor and Serve had one of the top 10 colt prices during the Sept. 18 session of the Keeneland September sale with a $210,000 yearling consigned by Gainesway, agent.
Tapit’s yearlings continued to be some of the most sought-after lots during the third day of the Keeneland September sale, with bidders going above the $1 million mark on three separate occasions during the Sept. 14 session.
Leading sire Tapit’s $1.2 million colt sold during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 is the new top price through the first two days of the marathon auction.
Tapit’s total sales of $5,420,000 during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale included two of the top-five sellers for the day.
Hawkbill’s stellar stretch run carried the 3-year-old colt to victory in the July 2 Coral Eclipse S. (G1) at Sandown racecourse in Great Britain, the sixth straight win for the Gainesway sales grad.