Mare In Foal to TAPIT On Top at Keeneland November

It’s been another successful round of November sales for TAPIT this year with seven figure mares selling in foal to him at both Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland.

Aaron and Marie Jones got TAPIT off to that seven figure start when paying a cool $1 million for Sheza Smoke Show from the Taylor Made Agency.

Carrying a TAPIT foal on a March 8 cover, Sheza Smoke Show won the Senorita Stakes (G3) and is also the dam of the Grade 1 winning Princess Noor. A third-generation stakes winner, Sheza Smoke Show also has a 2-year-old by TAPWRIT named Al Ula Princess to come.

A TAPIT weanling offered by Gainesway led the way for his own foals on Sunday when the filly out of Luminance brought $500,000 from the Don Alberto Corporation. Luminance was a proven racemare herself, placing second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and is a half-sister to TAPIT’s multiple graded stakes placed Stellar Sound.

This filly’s third dam is the multiple Grade 1 winner Versailles Treaty, who also produced Grade 1 winner George Vancouver and Grade 2 winner Saarland in addition to the granddam of Grade 1 winner Mongolian Groom.

The following day at Keeneland, a mare in foal to TAPIT lit up the ring when multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Bisou topped the sale on a $5.5 million bid.

Purchased by Katsumi Yoshida from Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa as agent, Midnight Bisou is carrying to TAPIT on a March 24 cover. The mare proved to be a top-class racemare for three seasons with five Grade 1 victories and a Champion Older Dirt Female title to her name. Midnight Bisou ended her career with a second in the Saudi Cup and is carrying her second foal.

The three other mares offered in foal to TAPIT during Books 1 and 2 at Keeneland brought $500,000, $375,000, and $330,000 with another RNAing for $925,000.

TAPIT had an association with the top two highest priced offerings at Keeneland November when his undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winning son Flightline also took part in the auction.

The first horse ever to sell in the Metaverse, Flightline’s owners put up one breeding share to the colt two days after his Classic victory. After a prolonged bidding war, Brookdale Farm walked away the winner as agent for an undisclosed buyer at $4.6 million.

A TAPIT daughter sold that same day for $700,000 through Lane’s End – the same consignor who sold the Flightline share.

Purchased by Thirty Year Farm, Follow The Flag is a winning daughter of Grade 1 winner Mushka and a half-sister to stakes-placed Whenthedawnbreaks. Mushka is a granddaughter of four-time Grade 1 winner Lakeway and a daughter of the stakes winning Sluice.

Steven W. Young was agent for a $600,000 TAPIT mare offered by Burleson Farms a few hips later. The unraced Infraction is a half-sister to the stakes winning Marion Ravenwood and a three-quarter sister to stakes winner Abstraction out of Grade 2 winner Andujar. Marion Ravenwood is of course the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and likely Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Nest and Grade 1 winner Idol among her four stakes performing runners.

TAPIT’s progeny offered in Book 1 and 2 averaged $547,500 for 16 sold with the group selling for a combined $8.76 million.