September 12, 2017 Tapit Dominates First Day of September Sale
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Champion Sire Tapit, whose son Coup De Grace is standing his second season at Klawervlei this year, dominated proceedings on the first day of the re-formatted Keeneland September Yearling Sale yesterday.

The marathon sale commenced yesterday with a Book 1 session, with Monday’s opening day of trading consisting of 167 hugely commercial prospects.
Three times champion sire Tapit proved the star turn in the Book 1 session, with his 11 yearlings to sell grossing $12, 825,000 and making the sire the leading sire by aggregate on Monday.

Tapit, whose yearlings averaged an impressive $1,165, 909 yesterday, dominated the top end of yesterday’s sale, and he was responsible all three yearlings to have sold for upwards of $2 million.

Top priced paid for a Tapit yearling on Monday was the $2.7 million splashed out by M.V. Magnier to acquire a full-sister to G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Cupid. The latter is one of 23 G1 winners for Tapit this year, with the sire having recently reached the landmark of having 100 stakes winners to his name.

Mandy Pope also went to $2.6 million to buy a Tapit colt out of the G1 placed Miss Besilu, herself a Medaglia D’Oro half-sister to Horse Of The Year and multiple G1 winner Saint Liam, while Shadwell acquired a Tapit colt for $2.5 million-with the latter being produced by Tiznow’s G1 Ogden Phipps Handicap winning daughter Tiz Miz Sue.

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues until September 23rd.

Tapit’s son Coup De Grace, whose first foals have arrived to rave reviews, was a top-class athlete who was victorious in both the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and G3 Bay Shore Stakes, with the half-brother to G1 winning 2yo Dancing Rags also finishing third in the G1 Alciabiades Stakes.
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