10/26/2016 12:36PM

High-profile scratch at F-T October sale


A full brother to Grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer was announced as a late scratch during Monday’s session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale and will be pointed toward a sale of 2-year-olds in training next year.

The chestnut colt is by leading commercial sire Tapit and out of the unraced Carson City mare Pretty City. He appeared to be a popular choice to top the sale, being one of three horses in the catalog by Tapit and a sibling to two Grade 1 winners – the other being Lear’s Princess, by Lear Fan. He was also scratched from the Keeneland September yearling sale this year.

Gainesway, which stands Tapit, bred the colt in Kentucky and consigned him as agent.

“We just think he’s going to be a better 2-year-old in training, basically,” said Michael Hernon, Gainesway’s director of sales. “We kicked it back and forth and thought we’d rather go put a saddle on him. He’s got a big update, and that horse might well go on. We’ll look to sell him in a 2-year-old sale, probably March or April next year.”

Hernon said a decision as to which consignor would handle the colt during the juvenile sale season would be determined later.