A colt by two-time leading sire Tapit led the way when sold for $1.8 million during the twilight stages of the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. Offered as Hip 131, purchased by Woodford Racing/La Penta from the consignment of Old South Farm as agent, is out of a half-sister to talented G1 winner and proven sire Hard Spun.
David Ingordo, who signed the ticket on behalf of the purchasing partnership, spoke to the colt’s appeal: “He was a good horse. That’s what they cost. And the people who bought him are thinking long-term as a stallion.”
Old South Farm’s Albert Davis had high expectations for the eventual sale-topper “He’s got the right pedigree,” he said. “He’s a grand-looking horse, and he worked like a good horse.”
The sale was further highlighted by a trio of million dollar colts:
Hip 5, a colt from the second crop of Uncle Mo, was purchased by Stonestreet and MV Magnier from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent
Hip 56, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum from the consignment of Wavertree Stables, agent
Hip 94, a colt by Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile was purchased by MV Magnier via agent Jamie McCalmont from the consignment of Hartley-De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent
The top filly offered was from the first crop of Tapizar, the G1 winning son of Tapit. That filly sold for $800,000 to Dennis O’Neill and Erik Johnson from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm.
“[The results were] very similar to our expectations,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “[Buyers] are very demanding, but they’re also very willing to pay for the horses that they deem desirable.”
Browning continued, “By producing a successful sale in the ring year last and by producing successful sales results on the racetrack last year provided a higher level of confidence for the 2016 sale.”
The sale grossed $21,590,000 for 66 sold. The $327,121 average and $250,000 median were up from last year’s sale by 44.9% and 92.3%, respectively. At 31.3%, the RNA rate was down 1.3% from 2015.
Follow along live as we recap the top hips of the Florida Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training at Gulfstream Park!
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Hip 133, Bodemeister-Blossomed (Deputy Minister)
Hip 133, a dark bay or brown colt from the first crop of G1 winner Bodemeister sold for $650,000 at the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Mark Casse, agent from the consignment of McKathan Bros., agent.
The colt worked in a co-fastest 10:0 during Monday’s under tack show. He is a half brother to three winners out of the DEPUTY MINISTER mare BLOSSOMED. His immediate family includes G1 winner PETER DAVIES and graded stakes winner CINEMINE.
Hip 131, Tapit-Bethan (Giant’s Causeway)
Hip 131, a gray or roan colt by two-time leading sire TAPIT became the new sale topper when sold for $1,800,000 during the twilight stage of the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Woodford Racing/La Penta from the consignment of Old South Farm, agent.
The colt, who worked in 10:1, is out of BETHAN, a half-sister to G1 winner and proven sire HARD SPUN. His extended family includes champion and broodmare of the year PRIMONETTA and G1 winners LITTLE CURRENT, PRAYERS’N PROMISES, and LACHESIS.
Hip 117, Tapizar-Yawkey Way (Grand Slam)
Hip 117, a bay filly from the first crop of G1 winner TAPIZAR sold for $800,000 at the Florida Sale. The filly was purchased by Dennis O’Neill and Erik Johnson from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm after a 10:1 work.
Hip 117 is the first foal of the stakes winning GRAND SLAM mare YAWKEY WAY. She hails from the immediate family of G1 winners ALL FIRED UP, AWESOME HUMOR, EMCEE, and COMPETITIVE EDGE (a graduate of this sale in 2014).
Hip 116, Scat Daddy-W W American (Quiet American)
Hip 116, a bay colt by the late SCAT DADDY sold for $500,000 at the Florida Sale. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, the colt was purchased by E Five Racing.
Hip 116 put in a 10:1 work during Monday’s under tack show. The colt is out of a winning half sister to G1 winner SEAN AVERY, from the immediate family of G2 winner PRETTY N COOL, also by SCAT DADDY.
HIP 103, Union Rags-Touched (Touch Gold)
Hip 103, a bay colt from the first crop of classic winner UNION RAGS sold for $1,000,000 at the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Baoma Corp from the consignment of Wavertree Stables, agent.
Hip 103 worked in 10:1 during the under tack show on Monday. Out of TOUCHED, the colt is a half brother to five winners from as many to race, including G2 winner INDIAN FIREWATER.
HIP 98, Candy Ride (ARG)-Talkin and Singing (Songandaprayer)
Hip 98, a bay colt by CANDY RIDE (ARG) sold for $620,000 at the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Godolphin USA from the consignment William B. Harrigan, agent.
Hip 98 worked in 10:1 during Monday’s under tack show. This colt is a half sibling to two winners out of TALKIN AND SINGING (SONGANDAPRAYER), a half sister to G1 winner BETTER TALK NOW.
HIP 94, Pioneerof the Nile-Faith in Me (Mr. Greeley)
Hip 94, a dark bay or brown colt by PIONEEROF THE NILE sold for $1,000,000 at the Florida Sale. Jamie McCalmont, agent for MV Magnier, purchased the colt from the consignment of Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
By the sire of last year’s Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year AMERICAN PHAROAH, this colt worked in 10:1 during the under tack show on Monday. He hails from the family of G1 winners LA CHAPOSA, PUP, CHAPOSA SPRINGS, and YOU AND I.
HIP 56, Curlin-On A Roll (A.P. Indy)
Hip 56, a chestnut colt by two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN, sold for $1,000,000 at the Florida Sale. Wavertree Stables, agent consigned the colt, which was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.
Out of ON A ROLL, a full sister to stakes winners ENDER’S SISTER AND ENDER’S SHADOW, this colt worked in 10:2 during Monday’s under tack show. He is a half-brother to two winners, including stakes placed FREE MONEY.
CURLIN had a career year at stud in 2015, siring that year’s champion three-year-old filly STELLAR WIND, G1 winners CURALINA and EXAGGERATOR, and KEEN ICE, winner of last year’s G1-Travers S. and the only horse to beat AMERICAN PHAROAH in his historic championship season.
Hip 32, a dark bay or brown colt by HARD SPUN sold for $500,000 at the Florida Sale. E Five Racing purchased the colt from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
Out of the graded stakes winning SAINT LIAM mare LIAM’S DREAM, Hip 32 worked Monday in 10:1. This colt is from the immediate family of G2 winner and influential sire DISTORTED HUMOR.
HIP 7, Mineshaft-Gasp (Hennessy)
Hip 7, a chestnut colt by Horse of the Year MINESHAFT, brought $600,000 at the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Moustapha Fostock from the consignment of Randy Miles, agent.
Out of the HENNESSY mare GASP, Hip 7 worked 10:2 on Monday. He hails from the family of Grade 1 winners HAWK WING and THORNFIELD, as well as graded-stakes winning champion LA LORGNETTE.
HIP 5, Uncle Mo-Five Star Dream (Two Punch)
Hip 7, a dark bay or brown colt by UNCLE MO out of FIVE STAR DREAM sold for $1,000,000 at the Florida Sale. The colt was purchased by Stonestreet & MV Magnier from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent.
By the sire of last year’s champion two-year-old male, NYQUIST (a graduate of this sale in 2015), this UNCLE MO colt put in a co-best work of 10:0 on Monday.
Out of the stakes winning TWO PUNCH mare FIVE STAR DREAM, the colt is from the immediate family of graded stakes winners TOTEM and WILLIAM NEWS.