Belmont Stakes (G1) winner TAPWRIT saw his first yearlings enter the sales ring with a splash on Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale when his seven yearlings sold averaged $93,143. Five of the seven Tapwrit yearlings offered on Tuesday sold for $100,000 or more, which was the most of any rookie stallion at this year’s sale.
All seven offered at the sale left the ring with a new owner and registered a median of $100,000 – 10-times his 2021 stud fee!
The group was led by the Gina Fennell-purchased Hip 80, who was hammered down for $150,000. Consigned by Gainesway, the colt is a half-brother to the winning Maker of An Empire and out of a daughter of Grade 2 winner Softly.
The colt’s page also includes Grade 2 winner Conquest Big E and Grade 3 winner Coragil Cat among the 23 stakes performers named on his page.
Tom McCroklin won the bidding on Hip 14 on behalf of Champion Equine when paying $110,000 for the filly out of Divine Trick.
Born on January 30, the Florida-bred was offered by Gainesway on behalf of Bridlewood Farm and is a granddaughter of stakes winner On The Menu. An active page, two of On The Menu’s winners had updated earnings after the catalog was released.
On The Menu is one of three stakes winners for Don’t Trick Her, who is also the dam of the Grade 1 winning duo Include Me Out and Check The Label. Showing the strength of TAPWRIT’s first book of mares, there are four Grade 1 winners in the filly’s immediate family.
A trio of $100,000 yearlings rounded out members of TAPWRIT’s six-figure club with Kenny McPeek putting in that winning bid for the first hip through the ring at Tuesday’s sale.
Kicking off the sale, that colt out of Black Coronas was consigned by Four Star Sales and is out of a half-sister to stakes-placed True Vindication. Hip 2 is also a three-quarter brother to ANCHOR DOWN’s winner Drop Anchor, who is their dam’s first foal.
This family also includes Grade 3 winners Dark Nile, Thatlookonyerface, and Lou Brissie among others.
Fifty-five hips later, Quarter Pole Enterprises went to $100,000 for the Eaton Sales offered colt out of Oh Kay See. Out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner So Many Ways, three of the colt’s first four dams are either stakes performers or stakes producers with only his young dam not in that group.
His third dam is Grade 3 winner Really Happy, who is also the granddam of Japanese Group 3 winner Luminous Warrior.
Rounding out the trio was Hip 90, a filly purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. That $100,000 Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services-offered chestnut is out of Tizn’tshebeautiful. A winner herself, and the dam of ANCHOR DOWN’s winning Tesoro, Tizn’tshebeautiful is a half-sister to four-time Grade 1 winner Tiz The Law. Their Grade 2 winning dam TIzfiz also produced TAPIT’s stakes-placed Awestruck, with both Tizn’tshebeautiful’s siblings closely related to this filly.
A consistent stakes performer, Tizfiz is also a full sister to Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Fury Kapcori and a half-brother to stakes winner Dixie Commander.
A $1.2 million yearling himself, TAPWRIT’s success with his first crop follows an outstanding race career that sees him as one of only three current sires who were juvenile stakes winners and went on to win a traditional distance Belmont Stakes in the last 15 years, joining successful young sires American Pharoah and Union Rags.