Hip 182; filly, Empire Maker - Half A. P. by Pulpit, brought $1.35 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Hip 182; filly, Empire Maker - Half A. P. by Pulpit, brought $1.35 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Joseph DiOrio

Empire Maker Filly Sells for $1.35 Million

John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, signed the sale ticket.

A sleek Empire Maker  filly, who had generated a lot of buzz in the days leading up to the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, brought $1.35 million midway through the afternoon at the Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach March 3.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, outlasted Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes to get the bay juvenile. She is the first foal out of the Pulpit mare Half A. P., who is a half sister to champion Halfbridled (by Unbridled).

Murray Smith, agent, consigned the filly. A Florida pinhooker, Smith purchased her for $435,000 from Lane’s End, agent, at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction. The filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 during the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale’s under tack show.