Weanling Tapit filly sells for $1.1 million to Shadwell

A bay daughter of Tapit out of multiple Grade I winner Marketing Mix became the highest priced weanling to sell thus far during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale when she sold to Shadwell Estate for $1.1 million midway through the second Book 1 session on Tuesday.

Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, the filly is the first foal out of Marketing Mix, who won 10 of 21 career starts and earned $2,015,893 for Glen Hill Farm.

“I thought that price was about where she would be,” said Rick Nichols, general manager of Shadwell. “She’s out of a great race mare, top sire, she’s a gorgeous filly. We’ll let her grow up and see what the boss (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum) says next September.

John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale, which sold another Tapit weanling filly at last year’s November sale for a North American record $3 million, said the final price was right on par with his high expectations for this filly.

“World class filly with a great type, great body,” Sikura said. “No surprise, we thought she’d make at least a million dollars. We were happy with the price. It’s early yet (in the market) but it looks really strong in places. Much like it’s been for several years now, they either love you or they don’t like you at all. Hopefully we have enough that they love.”