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Monday, March 26, 2012 |
A striking bay son of Tapit sold for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old sale being held at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach, Fla. The juvenile was just one of three to break the seven-figure mark at the sale.

Cataloged as hip No. 51, the Kentucky bred was consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent. The winning bid was placed by Bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto on behalf of Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds.

“I just thought he was incredibly impressive physically,” Sallusto said. “He had great balance, great presence, and tremendous athleticism. He is extremely well-bred and he’s a great moving horse. He galloped out as good as any of the top horses in the sale and we just found him to be the most appealing horse in the sale.”

Sallusto was referring to the eighth of a mile work in :10 3/5 during the auction’s under tack show.

“We’re trying to buy horses that can be stallions and Mr. Marshall said he would reach in and try to buy one or two of the top prospects; we think he (the colt) was one of them,” Sallusto continued.

The new purchase is a half brother to the winners Marvelous Monkey and Get Right. Their winning dam, Liberty Flag, is a half sister to added-money winner Gold Streamer and comes from the same family as 3-year-old champion filly Sacahuista and millionaires Geri and A. P. Arrow.