Hip #64, filly, Tapit - Tempting Note by Editor's Note brings $750,000.

Hip #64, filly, Tapit - Tempting Note by Editor's Note brings $750,000.

Joseph DiOrio

Tapit Filly Commands $750,000 at F-T Sale

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, is her buyer.

A quick daughter of Tapit  was the early standout during the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, commanding $750,000 during the lunch hour March 3 at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach. Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager purchased the gray or roan  filly from Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Racing & Sales. He got some stiff bidding competition from Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm, the Kentucky farm where Tapit stands.

“I’ll tell you exactly what we liked about her,” Ferguson said. “The team has been here for a while and they’ve been watching her training. She is very professional. I love the way she moves on the racetrack. She just did everything right. She’s a  really exciting filly by a top stallion.

“Not only am I excited about the filly,” Ferguson continued, “I’m really excited about this new sale venue as well. I think it’s a really big step forward. Just watching all these horses – not just this filly – train on this racetrack is a real pleasure. I really mean that. I knew Palm Meadows was a nice place, but I didn’t know how nice.”

When asked if the filly would stay in this country to race, Ferguson replied, “I would think so.”

The fast juvenile is a full sister to the winner Tempted to Tapit, who finished second in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) and third in the Sunland Derby (gr. III) in 2010. Their dam, the winning Editor's Note mare Tempting Note, was second in the 2004 editions of the Busanda and Nijana Stakes at Aqueduct.

"The price was great," said John Stephens, who is involved in both Stephens Thoroughbreds and Vision Sales & Racing. "Truthfully, I thought compared to what people give for yearlings and based on how she performed that she might even go higher, but I sure can't complain."

The filly worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 during the auction’s under tack show. Vision Sales 2010 purchased her for $67,000 from McMillin Sales during the 2010 Keeneland September yearling auction. Bruce McMillin bred her in Kentucky.