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$2.7M Tapit Filly Stars on Day-1 of Keeneland Sept
Keeneland's reformatted September Yearling Sale produced eight million-dollar-plus horses and posted huge increases in trade during Monday's opening select Book 1 session. Topping the opening day's trade was a filly by champion US sire Tapit which was knocked down to Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for US$2.7 million. The price makes her the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September Sale since 2008. Consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales as agent, the filly (Hip 69) is out of the Gr2-placed mare Pretty 'n Smart and is a full sister to this year's Gr1 Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Cupid, and a half-sister to Gr3 winners Heart Ashley and Ashley's Kitty. "She's a very well-bred filly and she's very good-looking," Magnier said. "Let's hope she's anywhere as good as Cupid is." Keeneland sold 95 yearlings for a gross of US$54,175,000, up 56.89 percent from the $34,531,000 recorded for last year's three-day Book 1 session. The session average of US$570,263 was up an incredible 78.36 percent, while the median price of US$500,000 was 86.92 percent higher than the US$267,500 posted in 2016. "The first day, Book 1 session far exceeded our expectations," Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. "We had a couple of goals for this new format. First and foremost, we wanted to create momentum from the very beginning that we hoped to take through the entire sale…Mission accomplished," before adding: "The fireworks are not over, I promise you that."