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Schumer lands sale-topping Tapit filly at $1.3 million

An exceptional daughter of Tapit will join the burgeoning North American string of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud after she sold for a sale-topping $1.3 million to Chad Schumer at the Keeneland April Sale in Kentucky last Wednesday.

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Chad Schumer also paid $85,000 for the high-class Harlan Strong to make him the overwhelming leading buyer of the sale.

The sale-topping filly was sold by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds on behalf of Chris Baccari. She owns huge residual value as a sister to current Kentucky Derby hope Bourbon War, who ran a recent second in the G1 Florida Derby.

They were bred by SF Bloodstock out of My Conquestadory, winner of the 2013 G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland.

During the April 8 preview show, held over a muddy track at Keeneland, the filly was one of three juveniles to breeze an eighth-mile in the fastest time of :10.

“(She is a) tremendous physical (specimen),” Chad Schumer told the Blood-Horse. “I thought she had a superb breeze, her gallop out was really strong. Obviously the full brother (Bourbon War) makes a big difference. She’s by one of the leading sires of all time. It’s a massive pedigree. It’s not an unexpected number. I don’t think she requires that much studying, she’s a pretty obvious choice. She’s the goods.

“I think once you get above a certain number it’s kind of numbing. I don’t know how to describe it. I haven’t done it before so it hasn’t really sunk in yet. Hopefully she’ll be a grade 1 horse, at that sort of money she almost has to be, so it’s a lot of pressure. She’s a beautiful filly, we couldn’t be happier with her.

“Anytime you’re looking at a Tapit with that kind of pedigree, you have to expect to pay that sort of money.”

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