04/18/2016 1:20PM

Glittering Tax paying big dividends

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Miss Temple City, a filly out of Glittering Tax, wins the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile on Saturday.

As Miss Temple City was being led back onto the Keeneland turf course for her photo after an impressive win in the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile, Mark Toothaker of Spendthrift Farm said that he’d sold her dam, the stakes-placed Artax mare Glittering Tax, for “a quesadilla and a cold beer.”

“I was just out looking at mares at the [2011 Keeneland] January sale, and we stood Tiz Wonderful,” Toothaker said. “A mare comes through the ring in foal to Tiz Wonderful, and he was standing for $12,000 at the time. She brought $6,000, so I thought that was a bargain. I bought her, and Bob Feld asked to be a partner, and I said, ‘Sure.’ We both had lifetime breeding rights to Temple City, so he asked to breed her to Temple City.”

Glittering Tax produced a Tiz Wonderful colt who would become three-time winner Paganol and then was bred to Temple City the next season. That fall, Feld acquired a full stake in the mare privately for what Toothaker said was hardly a bank-breaking price.

“I tell him all the time he got her for a quesadilla and a cold beer, and he’d laugh, but he really didn’t pay much more than that,” Toothaker said. “The baby in the belly was Miss Temple City, and, of course, he bred her back to Temple City, and he got Pricedtoperfection, who’s won a Grade 3 this year, as well. The mare has gone from being a $6,000 mare to now being a Grade 1 producer and a Grade 3 producer. She turned out to be a tremendous mare. All I can do is laugh because otherwise, I would cry. It’s a great story.”

Glittering Tax has produced five winners from six runners, led by the two graded winners. Feld sold Glittering Tax at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall select mixed sale, where she was purchased by Keystone Bloodstock for $275,000.

Toothaker didn’t walk away completely empty-handed from the whole situation, though. Getting another Grade 1 win on the résumé of Temple City certainly can’t hurt the stock of Toothaker’s lifetime breeding right to the resident of Spendthrift Farm. Temple City stands in 2016 for an advertised fee of $15,000.

“I’m thrilled to have a breeding right to him, so everything turned out good,” Toothaker said.