Led by a $1.2 million colt and $1 million filly, yearlings by Tapit were some of the hottest sellers during Day 4 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, the final day of the first week of the auction.
The prices represented two of the top four figures during the session.
Tapit's gross receipts during Thursday's session were $4,015,000, with a four-day total of $12.3 million, second most of any sire at the auction. More impressively, his average of $439,107 is third best for the week's final results.
Hip No. 681 was the main attraction of the day, as the Valkyre Stud consignee brought a winning bid of $1.2 million from the partnership of Gainesway and Stonestreet Stables. The regally bred dark bay is out of Ava Knowsthecode, who is the dam of Justin Phillip, winner of the 2013 Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H.; Keyed Entry, track record-setter in the Grade 2 Hutcheson S.; and Grade 3 winners Successful Mission and Algorithms. See video of the colt in the ring here
"I liked his breeding very much and the way he moved," said Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke, who will partner with Gainesway's Antony Beck in the ownership. "I've been partners in horses with Antony before, and I own part of (Gainesway stallion) Afleet Alex. We have a beautiful colt, a 2-year-old named Pacific."
"Obviously, Tapit being such an incredibly wonderful stallion, one always tries to get some good progeny of his to run," Beck said of Tapit.
Woods Edge Farm sent hip No. 868 from its consignment through the ring to ultimately sell for $1 million to Shadwell Estate. Out of the Tabasco Cat mare Evrobi, the filly is a full sister to grade 1-winning filly Tell a Kelly.