Daughter of Tapit sells for $1.3 million at Return of Keeneland April Sale
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 2-year-old daughter of Tapit and Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory, who is a full sister to 2019 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up Bourbon War, sold to Chad Schumer, agent, for $1.3 million to top Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
The April Sale returned Tuesday after a five-year hiatus and featured for the first time an offering of horses of racing age.
During the single-session sale, Keeneland sold 67 horses for $6,083,500. The average was $90,799, and the median was $40,000.
Keeneland held the April Sale from 1993-2014, and graduates include six classic winners: Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice; Preakness (G1) winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April Sale graduate.
The 2014 auction produced champions Lady Eli and Roy H.
During Monday’s Preview Show, which featured cataloged juveniles working over the dirt track and turf course, the sale-topping Tapit filly breezed an eighth of a mile in the co-fastest time of :10 over the main track.
With the purchase, Schumer was the day’s leading buyer.
Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, consigned the sale-topper, whose dam, a daughter of Artie Schiller, won Keeneland’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) in 2013.
At $500,000, the top-priced horse of racing age is this year’s Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) third-place finisher, Sweet Diane. Ina Bond’s River Bend Farm acquired the 3-year-old daughter of Will Take Charge, who has been in the money in each of her five career starts.
ELiTE, agent, consigned Sweet Diane, who is from the family of Glinda the Good, dam of champion Good Magic, and Grade 1 winner Magical Maiden. She was a late supplement to the sale.
Sweet Diane has 22 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) to rank 16th on the list of leading point earners. The top 14 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the $1.25 million Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3.
ELiTE was the leading consigner, selling eight horses for $1.31 million.
Keeneland’s 16-day Spring Meet resumes Wednesday with a first post of 1:05 p.m. ET.
The next auction is the 76th annual September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 9-21.