Hip 151, by Tapit and out of Sunny Morning sold for $375,000.

Hip 151, by Tapit and out of Sunny Morning sold for $375,000.

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Wounded Warrior Stable Lands Tapit Colt

$375,000 purchase price matches the sale-topping price of last year's F-T July sale.

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale continued to thrive at the top end as a Tapit  colt sold for $375,000 to Chip McEwen's Wounded Warrior Stables.

The Tapit yearling (Hip 151) is the highest-priced colt to sell through about 60% of the one-day sale July 15 in Lexington and second-highest priced yearling overall. The $375,000 matches the highest price for any yearling sold at the same sale last year.

Denzel Brendemuehl of Classic Bloodstock signed the ticket for buyer Wounded Warrior for the Tapit yearling consigned by Gainesway.

"We wanted him for a lot less, but with the owner on the phone, I got a lot braver," Brendemuehl said.

Earlier this year Chip McEwen's Wounded Warrior Stables purchased the sale-topper at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when they went to $450,000 for a Malibu Moon  colt.

"The colt is very athletic, and Wounded Warrior Stables usually buys to race," Brendemuehl said of future plans.

The Tapit colt is out of the winning Tale of the Cat  mare Sunny Morning, who has produced a winner from her first starter. Sunny Morning is a half sister to stakes winner Langston (Pine Bluff).

The Tapit colt was bred in Kentucky by his consignor, Gainesway Thoroughbreds. The colt was withdrawn from this year's Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

Emily Walden contributed to this story