It was a pair of seven-figure yearlings for TAPIT at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale this week, led by a $1.2 million colt purchased by Whisper Hill Farm.
The fourth highest priced colt of the sale, the colt bred by Spruce Lane Farm and Tapit Syndicate was offered by Taylor Made Sales early during the second session. Out of two-time winning Tiznow mare Plenty O’Toole, the colt is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Mr. Money and the stakes placed Tizplenty.
Plenty O’Toole is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner Sister Otoole and stakes winner Lady O’Toole with their dam a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Well Armed with the page also including Awesome Flower and Cyberknife.
“We’re working on getting colts, and with the success of [TAPIT colts] Charge It and Tapit Trice, we are trying to hit on that horse that is going to become the big stallion,” Whisper Hill Farm’s Mandy Pope told Thoroughbred Daily News.
Only a few hips before that $1.2 million colt was a $1.1 million TAPIT son out of Grade 1 winner Paola Queen consigned by Gainesway.
Purchased by Mike Ryan as agent, he is a half-brother to a winner and a placed juvenile from two to race. Paola Queen is out of the multiple stakes winner Kadira, who has produced four winners from six to race. Kadira’s multiple graded stakes winning dam is Raw Gold, who also produced stakes winner Our Channel and stakes placed Hidden Value.
Each of this colt’s first three dams have produced stakes winners while her unraced fourth dam is also the dam of Grade 1 winner Point Ashley in addition to Raw Gold.
“He’s a beautifully made horse with a great mind,” Ryan told Thoroughbred Daily News. “I’m familiar with the family. I bought the second dam, Kadira, for Carl Pollard and he bred Paola Queen. She was very brilliant the day she won the Test here. It was a fantastic performance. She was very, very impressive. He’s a beautifully made horse. He’ll run at two, but he will get 1 1/8 miles.”
BSW/Crow Colts Group, Spendthrift, and Gandharvi paid $650,000 for a colt out of Shenandoah Queen bred by T & G Farm of Kentucky.
Consigned by Indian Creek, he is the second foal out of multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 placed Shenandoah Queen. She is a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed Vanglider who won after the catalog was released. This colt’s third dam is the Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Gold Fleece, who produced two Grade 3 winners also well.
This is also the family of Horse of the Year Forgotten and Broodmare of the Year Pena Maxima among others.
TAPIT’s three to sell averaged $825,000, the third highest of any stallion, with his median sitting at $1.1 million – second highest of all stallions at the sale. TAPIT is now the sire of 35 yearlings to bring $1 million or more with eight of those coming at this sale.