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Tapit colt fetches record price at Timonium sale

A FOUR per cent increase in average and a sale record highlighted the first day's trading at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium on Monday.

The sale record was smashed during the early stages of the sale when Steven Young paid $850,000 for a son of Tapit from the Hobeau Farm dispersal. Younghad to fight off Jimmy Bell, representing Darley, and trainer Dale Capuano to secure the colt, who is now likely to join Kiaran McLaughlin.

Consigned by Cary Frommer, he is out of the Private Account mare Shopping and a half-brother to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes winner Miss Shop.

The previous record was held by Zounds, who commanded $625,000 in 2006.

Mine That Bird's Yonaguska half-brother, supplemented for the sale after his sibling wassuccessful in the Kentucky Derby, did not threaten the new record, falling to Dogwood Stables for $485,000.

Even so, he represented a fine return for owner Paul Saylor, who consigned the colt through Frommer after paying $100,000 for him just two months earlier at the OBS March Sale.

Although the aggregate and median dropped 26 per cent and 19 per cent to $5,364,900 and $22,000 respectively, the average increased marginally by four per cent to $47,477.

The clearance rate also improved, rising from 65 per cent to 73 per cent.







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