TAPIT only had one go through the ring during the second session of this week’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale but that was more than enough to put him on top with a $625,000 filly.
Far and away the most expensive juvenile of Tuesday’s closing session, his Bridlewood Farm-bred filly out of Gomo brought $135,000 more than the second highest price. The filly also proved to be the third most expensive overall at the sale and most expensive filly when purchased by Xtreme Racing Stable from de Meric Sales.
Breezing in :10.1, the TAPIT daughter is the second foal out of Uncle Mo’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Gomo. Hailing from an international family, the filly also sees European stakes winner and U.S. Grade 3 winner Mrs Kipling, Australian Group 3 winner Tony Nicconi, and New Zealand Group 3-placed Autobahn on her page.
She is one of the first foals by TAPIT out of Uncle Mo mares, but the reverse cross saw TAPIT’s daughter Teardrop provide Uncle Mo with stakes winner Pneumatic. TAPIT bred to daughters of Uncle Mo’s sire Indian Charlie has provided TAPIT with the stakes winner Goin To The Window and Grade 3-placed Tapwater.
“I thought she was the best filly in the sale,” Mac Robertson told Thoroughbred Daily News after signing the ticket for Xtreme Racing Stable’s Vicki and Mike McGowan. “Mike and Vicki are looking for really good fillies. And I thought she had the best breeze and she’s out of a Grade I horse by a sire that everybody wants. It made sense to me. We went a little more than we wanted, but the sale is strong.”
The late EMPIRE MAKER found success on both days of the 2-year-old sale as well, led by a $375,000 filly purchased by Gervais Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds.
Going through the ring as Hip 109, the filly out of Pontiana had breezed a bullet :10.0 last week and was offered by McKathan Bros Sales. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Addibel Lightning and three other winners from her dam’s four to race.
Deputy Minister mare Pontiana herself is a daughter of Grade 1 winner Shine Again. The dam of multiple winners, Shine Again is one of two stakes winners for her own dam. Sold for $125,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton October, the filly was bred by Gainesway, Brian Graves, Neil Howard, Passerellos and Sheerwater.
The second session of the sale saw a pair of six-figure juveniles for EMPIRE MAKER led by a Narvick International-purchased colt out of Lady Pewitt.
Part of the de Meric Sales consignment, the Gainesway-bred brought $250,000 as his sire’s second highest price of the sale. The colt is a half-brother to Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Jaywalk and multiple stakes winner Danzatrice among five winners from six to race out of his dam. His granddam Spin Room is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Mission Impazible, Grade 2 winner Forest Camp, Grade 3 winner Spanish Empire, and stakes winner Kiddari.
He was joined in the $200,000 club by the $210,00 Franklin Ave Equine and Cliff Racing purchased filly out of Inspeight of Us.
Another offered by de Meric Sales, the filly is a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Momos and out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Daddys Lil Darling and Mongolian Saturday. Inspeight of Us’s stakes winning dam Miss Hot Salsa is also the dam of stakes winner Victoryasecret and stakes placed Four Song Limit.
Bred by the Empire Maker Syndicate and Tami Bobo, the filly had sold for $75,000 as a weanling at Keeneland November.