08/10/2015 9:42PM

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga: Tapit sets bar higher with $2 million colt

Barbara D. Livingston
A Tapit colt sold for $2 million to take over as the session leader at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

By Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

In a show of combined sire power, a colt by reigning North American leading sire Tapit and out of a daughter of international titan Galileo sold for $2 million to El Capi Racing, LLC, during Monday night’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

The Irish-born colt was consigned by Four Star Sales, as agent. With fitting international flair, his new ownership team comprises a group of South American partners who are based out of Miami.

"We liked the father, the mother, everything," said Jose Uzcatdui of El Capi. "The pedigree, the conformation, he looks just like Galileo. We're going to race him and see how he goes."

The colt is out of the Galileo mare Dress Rehearsal, a stakes winner in Ireland and later a Grade 3 winner in the U.S. Her first foal is Christophermarlowe, a Tapit colt who won his first three career starts before finishing third in the Lingfield Derby Trial. Continuing the international scope of the line, he is now in training in Hong Kong.

“We sold [Christophermarlowe] here two years ago, and he was just a huge-walking horse,” said Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales. “This guy is every bit what he was and so much more – in his shoulder, in his bone, and in his substance. He’s everything you’d like to see in a Tapit. He’s got a family that looks like it could go on dirt or turf. Physically, he first the profile. Everybody that looks at him sees the quality in him. He’s got such a great mind. You can just sit there and watch him and his head, and you can tell he’s standing there thinking about you as you’re thinking about him.”

Cauthen added that El Capi, which campaign a handful of runners across Florida's tracks, is an enthusiastic group.

"They made more noise than the rest of the crowd when they won [the bidding war on the sale-topper],” Cauthen said. “You love to see somebody that enthusiastic end up with the horse. They're not new to the business, but this is a step up in their level, it looks like. I think they've got a fantastic horse.”

Dress Rehearsal is a half-sibling to stakes winner and group stakes producer Fairy of the Night, as well as a half-sister to stakes producer Night Fairy.

Tapit, who stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., was represented by his second seven-figure horse of the night. Earlier in the evening, a colt sold for $1.2 million to the partnership of Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta.