$2.7 Million Tapit filly heads Keeneland September Yearling Sale

A daughter of Tapit who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Cupid sold to M.V. Magnier for $2.7 million about two hours after the 3 p.m. ET start of the premier Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The amount is the highest price paid for a yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the most paid for a filly at the September Sale since 2008.

The filly, out of the Beau Genius mare Pretty 'n Smart, was consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, and is one of four million-dollar yearlings sold so far during the session.

A Tapit colt from the family of champion and sire Saint Liam and 2017 Grade 1 winner Gun Runner sold to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $2.6 million.

“I love Tapits as I buy them, breed them and sell them," Pope said. "I have other members of this family and I know it is going to be a continuing successful family. He is a strong horse with good bone and substance. He seems to be very good-minded. I am hoping he will be another Gun Runner. I figured the price would be around $2 million so I stretched a little further. I really believe in this family. This is the most I have spent on a colt.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the $2.6 million colt, who is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Medaglia d'Oro mare Miss Besilu. She is a half-sister to Saint Liam and to Quiet Giant, the Grade 2-winning dam of Gun Runner.

"First of all, give the credit to Three Chimneys (Farm); they bred and raised the horse," Mark Taylor of Taylor Made said. "When we went out there we didn't really know what horses we were going to get to sell for them. When we saw this horse we were like, 'Wow.' We look at thousands of horses every spring, and when he came out I was like 'Yeah that's pretty close to the best one I've seen.' We knew he would be very popular.

"I'm happy for Mandy Pope. (He's a) beautiful horse, so we had really high expectations, but you never know. Once you get into seven figures it's just a matter of who wants them the most. If he runs the way he looks like he can, with that pedigree, he's one of the few horses that can command huge huge upside as a stallion. Anyway, he's got everything, now all he's got to do is just run to his looks."

Taylor Made also consigned the War Front colt out of Grade 1 winner Iotapa that sold for $1.9 million to Donato Lanni, agent, earlier in the session.

”He’s a nice horse," Lanni said. "That is what they cost. He looks like a good horse, a strong horse, an athletic horse. He was high up on our short list.

"It looks like it will be a good market. Everybody is here.”

Oxo Equine paid $1.25 million for the Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill. A half-sister to Canadian champion Hillaby and Grade 3 winners Belle Hill and Gale Force, she was consigned by Gainesway, agent.

“This filly has always been nice," Brian Graves said. "We brought her to the market, and she brought more than we thought she would.”