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Monday, August 12, 2013 |
Gainesway consigned the top priced yearling at the Aug. 10-11 Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale, a Tapit filly that brought a sale-record $430,000 on the second day of the auction at Saratoga Springs.
Gary Biszantz of Cobra Farm purchased the sale-topper, hip No. 379, bred by Marbat out of the More Than Ready mare Miss Challenge, a listed winner of Belmont Park's Statuette S. She is a half-sister to Ventana, winner of the Grade 2 Potrero Grande S. and Grade 3 Maryland Sprint H.
Fasig-Tipton officials reported that the previous top price of the sale was $360,000 in 1999.
"Cobra Farm is a little farm but we love the game, been at it a long time, had some really good horses, and we're trying to improve our breeding stock a little bit," Biszantz said. "She's the kind of filly that has the pedigree, and being a New York-bred, she's got a chance to be something special for us as a broodmare when she's done. To be able to breed her would be very exciting for us.
'I've had a lot of good horses, but not any fillies better than her. She's just well-balanced, beautiful, great pedigree, does everything right, and being a New York-bred she should stand out up here. She'll be very fun for us."
Gainesway originally planned to offer the filly in last week's Saratoga Select sale, but opted for the New York sale for a more promising result, according to Brian Graves, director of public sales for Gainesway.
"We thought she might stand out here and hopefully bring a premium," said Graves. "We thought we'd have a chance to top the sale while she'd be a mid-range horse in the other sale."
Antony Beck, owner of Gainesway said, "It's good to have a New York-bred for a Tapit because he's such a sensational sire. It will be interesting to see what she can do. She was a very athletic filly and I wish Cobra Farm every good fortune."