A Ghostzapper filly initially pointed toward an August sale lit up the bid board during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton October fall yearling sale Oct. 23, bringing a final bid of $275,000 from Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable.
Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock as Hip 96, the filly was bred in New York by Dr. Jon Davis' Milfer Farm. Milfer went to $70,000 to acquire the filly's dam, Princesa de Papi, while carrying the Ghostzapper filly in utero at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
"Ghostzapper can get a good filly," Siegel said. "As they say, she ticked all the boxes. Nowadays, you have to pay a decent amount of money for a good horse. You just have to steel yourself to that fact, pick your number, and be prepared to go a little bit above it and be flexible. It's a tough market for a good horse."
Legacy's Tommy Eastham said the filly was initially aimed for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, but he did not believe she was ready.
"We were going to go to Saratoga, but most of her development came after June," Eastham said. "She never was bad, just kind of plain. She just kept on developing with the green grass and sunshine, and we just didn't think she was ready to sell yet, and she'd be better in a few months, and it worked out."
Produced from stakes-placed Rutledge Ballado, Princesa de Papi is a Birdstone mare and half sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea.