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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.
Gekirin, a 2-year-old colt from the first crop of Tapizar, became the ninth winner for his sire Sept. 17 in an 1800m maiden race at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan. Making his career debut under jockey Christophe Lemaire, Gekirin led from gate to wire to win by an authoritative six lengths.
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.
Ticonderoga, a Tapit colt who had sold for $850,000 as a yearling, cruised to a 4 1/4-length maiden special weight win Sept. 10 at Belmont Park to earn a TDN Rising Star tag, the second Tapit 2-year-old to get the coveted designation in the past two weeks.
Tapit’s astounding year for his progeny continued on Sept. 10 when the up-and-coming 3-year-old filly Southern Girl captured the $75,000 Shine Again S. at Laurel Park, her fourth win in five starts.
Tapit’s exceptional turf runner Ring Weekend set a course record at Saratoga on Labor Day, Sept. 5, in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch H. (G2), capping off the three-day weekend that saw Tapit’s 2-year-old fillies Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta dead-heat for the win in the Spinaway S. (G1) and Scuba capture the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup.
Leading freshman sire Tapizar tallied his first stakes winner Sept. 4 when Tip Tap Tapizar came from off the pace to score a neck victory in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park.