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Fasig-Tipton sale: Switch to Moyglare Stud for $4.3 million
By Joe Nevills
Multiple Grade 1 winner Switch was purchased by Irish-based Moyglare Stud Farm for $4.3 million on Monday near the end of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale.
The 5-year-old Quiet American mare was one of many horses arriving recently to the sale grounds following a Breeders’ Cup start. Switch finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last Saturday after finishing second in both the 2010 and 2011 renewals.
Switch, who was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, has won six of 24 starts for lifetime earnings of $1,479,562. Her marquee victories include the Grade 1 Santa Monica Stakes and La Brea Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap and Hollywood Oaks.
“She’s a lovely mare, and she’ll probably go back to Ireland, and it wouldn’t take brain surgery to guess who she might meet in Ireland,” said Fiona Craig of Moyglare Stud, implying that Switch might be sent to prominent international sire Galileo. “She’s a fast mare, she’s a lovely mare.”
Switch is out of Grade 3-winning Nicholas mare Antoinette, who is the dam of five winners from as many to race, also including stakes winner Keystone Gulch. Switch’s notable family members include Grade 1 winner and sire Gregorian and Grade 2 winners Truly Bound and Mukaddamah.
Bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, Switch was campaigned by C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler. She was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
“She sold very well,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End. “She’s a beautiful filly by Quiet American, people love him as a broodmare sire, and she had the physical qualities that people look for. She should make a good broodmare.”
Switch previously sold at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale for $150,000.
With the very next offering on Monday, Katsumi Yoshida went to $1,850,000 to acquire multiple Grade 1 winner Tapitsfly.
Consigned by Romans Racing & Sales, agent, the 5-year-old Tapit mare, offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, was the most expensive of five horses purchased by Yoshida. He also purchased 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance for $1.6 million; Grade 1 winner Hot Cha Cha, in foal to Kitten's Joy, for $1 million; Grade 1 winner Killer Graces for $850,000; and Grade 2 winner California Nectar, in foal to Arch, for $470,000.
Yoshida was one of three buyers, including two from Japan, to purchase multiple horses for $1 million or more at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale, which saw 15 horses reach that threshold during its single session.
Tapitsfly won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2009 at Santa Anita Park but did not return to the winner's circle in a stakes event until she won the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes in March of this year. The mare subsequently captured both of her Grade 1 victories, taking the Just A Game Stakes at Belmont Park and the First Lady Stakes last month at Keeneland Race Course in her career finale.
In all, Tapitsfly won seven of 24 career starts, earning $1,495,503. She is out of the winning Marlin mare Flying Marlin.
Tapitsfly's sale capped a solid night for Romans Racing & Sales, which also sold Bella Dorato, dam of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg, for $460,000 and Grade 1 winner Sassy Image for $660,000. Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings bought both mares.
Definitely a high class mare. I will miss seeing her on the track, and will certainly keep and eye out for her foals.
Ahh, I will miss her SO much, but I am THRILLED that she might have a date with Galileo!
And Switch was really sound. Danced all the dances at a variety of distances, and I never saw her run with bandages/wraps. Looked to have very sturdy legs.