09/10/2013 2:47PM

Keeneland September: Tapit colt goes to Coolmore for $1 million

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Coolmore-affiliated M.V. Magnier went to $1 million for a colt by Tapit during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The colt was consigned by VanMeter Sales, as agent.

“He’s a nice colt, a very nice horse,” Magnier said. “He moves very well. We’re going to bring him back to [Coolmore’s American base, Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.] and decide from there as to what we’re going to do with him and where he’s going to go.”

Coolmore also purchased a seven-figure yearling yesterday, landing a $1 million son of War Front. Magnier said yesterday that the War Front colt will also head to Ashford before a decision is made as to whether he will train in America or Europe.

“We’ll leave some there and we’ll bring some back to Europe,” Magnier said.

Tuesday’s seven-figure colt is out of the winning and Grade 2-placed Beau Genius mare Pretty ‘n Smart, dam of four winners from as many starters, including Grade 3 winners Heart Ashley and Ashley’s Kitty. The colt became the most expensive foal to sell out of Pretty ‘n Smart, surpassing the $500,000 fetched by Heart Ashley at the 2010 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

“We didn't think he was going to bring that much, but we were happy with the price, obviously,” Tom VanMeter of VanMeter Sales said of the colt. “We've liked him all spring, but when he got over here, he just showed himself as best anybody could show. We showed him 200 times, he had 26 repository checks, 15 or 16 scopes, and through all of that he just kept showing himself and kept walking. He was just always fresh, and he was the one who did it once he got over here.”

VanMeter was also enthusiastic about the new format for the Keeneland September sale, which expanded the select Book 1 offerings out over four days.

“I like the new format,” VanMeter said. “It's going to provide strength the whole first week, so Monday should equal Thursday, theoretically, because we don't really know where those good horses are.”