Hip 402, a weanling filly by Tapit, brought $3 million Nov. 5.

Hip 402, a weanling filly by Tapit, brought $3 million Nov. 5.

Anne M. Eberhardt

$3M Tapit Filly Sets North American Record

The price is a record for a weanling of either sex sold at auction in North America.

A weanling filly by Tapit  brought $3 million Nov. 5 to set a record price for a weanling of either sex ever sold at a North American auction.

Bridlewood Farm purchased the filly, who is out of the Storm Cat mare Serena's Cat. Her third dam is champion Serena's Song.

The filly, who has three white stockings, was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency.

"That was a little unexpected," George Isaacs of Bridlewood said of the price. "But she's everything we're looking for. She is the best filly on the grounds. You couldn't paint a picture any prettier."

Bridlewood in Florida was purchased last year by John and Leslie Malone. Isaacs said Malone "gave me the green light" to keep going on the price. "We're trying to build a stellar broodmare property," Isaacs said.

"Mr. Appleton and Bridlewood at one time owned Serena's Song, and we owned the dam, Imagining, for years," Isaacs said, referring to Bridlewood founder Arthur I. Appleton, who died in 2008. "We bred all these daughters out of this family, so it's near and dear to my heart. We're just trying to buy back into a family that's been so good to us."

The previous record for a weanling filly at the Keeneland November sale was $2.6 million for Miss Besilu in 2011. The record for a colt is $2.7 million for Amour Malheureux in 2006. Both of those weanlings also had been the most expensive sold in North America.