Tashop, a chestnut colt by Tapit , set a Maryland record for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction when he brought $850,000 May 18 early during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium. Steve Young, as agent, purchased Tashop from Cary Frommer, agent for the Hobeau Farm dispersal.
Prior to the auction, Tashop breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5, tying seven other horses for the fastest work at the distance.
“He’s a beautiful horse,” said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton’s president and chief executive officer. “He obviously worked very well, and he made a nice video. He was very impressive at the end of the shank. He has a very, very prolific Hobeau pedigree, and he’s by a red hot stallion, so he had all the ingredients to break loose and he did.”
Produced from the winning 21-year-old Private Account mare Shopping, Tashop is a half-brother to 2007 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) winner Miss Shop (by Deputy Minister) and two other added-money winners, Bought in Dixie (by Dixieland Band) and Shop Again (by Wild Again). Tashop's siblings also include the winner and stakes producer Shop Here (by Dehere).
Even though the economy continues to struggle, Browning wasn’t surprised by the record price.
“That was a quality horse that walked through that sale ring a few minutes ago,” he said. “You don’t ever really know what to expect, but he’s been a 'talking horse' since he previewed on Wednesday (May 13), and there was a ton of activity all over the sale pavilion on him. That was the other thing that was a little encouraging; it wasn’t just one or two people tied on. There were bidders all over the pavilion above $300,000 or $400,000.”
The previous Maryland mark was held by Zounds, who brought $625,000 during the 2006 edition of the auction.