What's not to like about Full Tap?
Purchased by Anderson Farms for $375,000 at the Keeneland November sale's fourth session Nov. 10, the 5-year-old mare offered by Gainesway as Hip 943 is a daughter of Gainesway's leading sire Tapit . Full Tap won three times and earned $149,305 on the track, and is out of a stakes-winning More Than Ready mare from the family of champion Lord Avie.
Additionally, Full Tap is carrying a filly to the cover of Empire Maker , who was among the North American leading sires before going to Japan for five seasons. The son of Unbridled returned to the U.S. and has stood two seasons at Gainesway.
Gainesway's Michael Hernon said the mare was offered without reserve as part of a partnership dissolution, and has all the ingredients for success.
"She's a beautiful mare, a daughter of Tapit in foal to Empire Maker on one cover and she could really run," he said, noting it was significant that the mare is carrying a filly. "She didn't earn black-type but she can throw black-type runners. They could very well get the purchase price back with the first foal. It gives you residual; it gives you an insurance policy. Empire Maker is for real."
David Anderson said the price "was more than I wanted to pay, but I was shut out the last few days. She's just one of those premium mares. I think Tapit is the broodmare sire of the future.
"I think it is very strong," Anderson said of the sale. "I'm trying to buy and its very difficult to find value but it's healthy for everybody."