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Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day-1: US$2M Tapit Colt
Courtesy of two Tapit colts that brought $2 million and $1.2 million, the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale recorded gains in gross and average compared with the comparable session in 2014, reports Blood Horse. The sale gross was US$21,745,000, up 19 per cent on the US$18,267,000 for 64 yearlings sold last year. The average of US$310,643 was up 8.8 per cent from $285,422, while the median fell 3.2 per cent from US$232,500 last year to $225,000 this year. "All in all it was a very solid horse sale," Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. "People continue to gain confidence (in the market). It feels fair. I'll sleep a little better tonight than I did last night. We kind of all expected it to be a good sale considering the positive momentum. It's a pretty fair and balanced marketplace." The progeny of North America's leading sire Tapit, who stands at Gainesway in Kentucky, were once again to the fore with Hip 70 out of the Galileo mare Dress Rehearsal topping yesterday's session at US$2 million. The colt, who is a full brother to the Aidan O'Brined trained Christophermarlowe, was owned and bred by Ben Sangster of Swettenham Stud and sold to Miami-based El Capi Racing. The second-highest price of US$1.2 million was paid by the partnership of John Malone's Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta for a colt out of Gr1-winning mare Appealing Zophie.