Hip 27, a son of War Front, was the first to sell for seven figures, bringing $1.9 million from Donato Lanni for an undisclosed buyer

Hip 27, a son of War Front, was the first to sell for seven figures, bringing $1.9 million from Donato Lanni for an undisclosed buyer

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Tapit, War Front Familiar Leaders of Book 1

Tapit led Keeneland September's Book 1 with a $1,165,909 average.

Despite its revamped, super-select Book 1 format, the leading sires following the Keeneland September yearling sale's opening session Sept. 11 looked awfully familiar.

Atop the Book 1 standings by average and gross was Gainesway's three-time leading North American sire Tapit  with 11 sold of 19 offered for $12,825,000, which equaled a robust average of $1,165,909. Following close behind was Claiborne Farm's top international sire War Front , who had 12 of 22 offered sell for a gross of $9,550,000 and an average $795,833.

The number of Tapit yearlings sold during the Sept. 11 Book 1 session represented 39% of the 28 yearlings sold during last year's three-day Book 1, but his gross sales during the one-day session equaled 69% of his progeny's total Book 1 sales of 2016. War Front's number of yearlings sold Sept. 11 represented 67% of his total sold during Book 1 a year ago and his gross sales equaled 80.5% of his total sales from 2016's Book 1.

At the end of last year's Book 1 sessions, Tapit was the leading sire with a $662,857 average and War Front was only a shade behind with a $659,167 average.

By median for this year's Book 1 session, Tapit and Ashford Stud's stalwart Giant's Causeway  were tied at the top with $700,000. War Front was the second-leading sire by median at $600,000.

Eight horses brought seven-figure prices during the Sept. 11 session. Three of them sold for more than $2 million and all were by Tapit. The top-seller was Hip 69, a $2.7 million filly out of graded-placed winner Pretty 'n Smart, who is the dam of graded winners Cupid , Heart Ashley, and Ashley's Kitty. The filly was bought by M.V. Magnier.

War Front was represented by four seven-figure sales led by Hip 27, a $1.9 million colt out of multiple grade 1 winner Iotapa. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni signed the ticket for the colt and did not disclose the buyer.

Darley's Medaglia d'Oro  is the only other sire who had a seven-figure yearling. He was represented by Hip 82, a filly out of Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, that sold for $1.25 million to Larry Best's OXO Equine. For the day, Medaglia d'Oro had seven yearlings sell out of 13 offered that brought an average of $619,286 and a median of $560,000. He was the fourth-leading sire by average price.

Giant's Causeway was the third-leading sire by average, with three yearlings averaging $733,333. His overall yearling average from last year's Book 1 sessions was $291,364 from 11 sold. The top seller representing the 20-year-old son of Storm Cat was Hip 23, a $875,000 filly named Hollywood Wife, who is out of multiple grade 1 winner Hollywood Story and was purchased by Mayberry Farm.

Ashford's late sire Scat Daddy was the fifth-leading sire by average price, with seven sold for an average of $515,714 and a median of $550,000. 

2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Top Sires by Average

(min. 3 sold)

Sire Offered Sold Average Median
Tapit 19 11 $1,165,909 $700,000
War Front 22 12 $795,833 $600,000
Giant's Causeway 3 3 $733,333 $700,000
Medaglia d'Oro 13 7 $619,286 $560,000
Scat Daddy 10 7 $515,714 $550,000
Candy Ride (ARG) 9 5 $510,000 $550,000
Pioneerof the Nile 9 8 $504,375 $475,000
Speightstown 7 6 $458,333 $412,500
Hard Spun 3 3 $416,667 $200,000
Tiznow 4 4 $231,250 $225,000