It was a 33rd seven-figure yearling for TAPIT this week at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when a filly out of Danzatrice was the most expensive filly of the third session.
Selling for $1.1 million to Whisper Hill Farm from the Gainesway consignment, she is the third foal out of the multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Danzatrice, a three-quarter sister to champion Jaywalk. The pair’s granddam is a half-sister Grade 2 winner and multiple Grade 1-placed Mission Impazible and three other stakes winners out of the stakes winning La Paz.
“We bought the (full) brother (Tapit Trice) here last year (for $1.3 million), and he is training great with Todd Pletcher in New York,” said Whisper Hill’s Todd Quast. “We have a lot of our mares at Gainesway, and we have seen her there and Mandy was just in love with her. You know how Mandy has an affinity for TAPIT.”
TAPIT’s second most expensive came on the first day of selling when Juddmonte went to $775,000 to but a filly out of Ruby Lips from Taylor Made. That filly is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Lone Rock and Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Gerrymander.
Ruby Lips is a half-sister to stakes winner Like a Gem, whose daughter Hard Not to Like is a Grade 1 winner, and two other stakes performers.
The following day, Take Charge Lady fan Willis Horton joined up with Whisper Hill Farm to buy a $700,000 TAPIT grandson of that mare from Timber Town. The colt is the second foal out of Take Charge Lady’s War Front daughter Lady Take Charge.
In addition to winning multiple Grade 1s, Take Charge Lady produced champion Will Take Charge, Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy and Grade 1 winner As Time Goes By. The mare is also the granddam of champion Take Charge Brandi, three-time Grade 1 winner Omaha Beach, and TAPIT’s 23-lengths Dwyer Stakes (G3) winner and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Charge It. TAPIT is also the sire of Take Charge Brandi’s stakes winning son Courvoisier.
TAPIT’s 20 sold in the first two books of the Keeneland September Sale brought over $8 million with an in-ring average of $421,053. That average was fifth best of stallions with 10 or more sold and his gross was best among those with 20 or fewer sold.