Asmussen trained KY Oaks Tapit filly Untapable
Jeff Lifson of West Point figured he had the wrong hip number when he first laid eyes on the big, strong daughter of Tapit in the barn area for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale in August.
“That can’t be a filly!” Jeff said.
But it was, and she was a “can’t miss” horse on everyone’s shortlist, commanding the second-highest price for a filly in the sale, just $10,000 shy of the filly leader.
“She’s what I call a queen, she is an absolute standout in class, physique, pedigree, and she held up to all the hoops they put these horses through at the sales,” said David Ingordo, West Point’s bloodstock adviser.
The filly will be trained by Steve Asmussen, who has worked wonders with the progeny of Tapit, including the likes of champion filly Untapable and Belmont winner Creator.
Steve trained Untapable and many other sons and daughters of Tapit for owner Ron Winchell, who raced Tapit on the track and has been directly involved in much of his success at stud. Mr. Winchell bred the new filly in a foal share arrangement with WinStar Farm and thought enough of her that he was eager to retain a slice to race her in partnership with West Point, Cheri Manning, and John Ballantyne.
Since the sale, the filly’s pedigree received a major boost from her 3-year-old half-sister Carribean Caper, who improved to 4-for-4 and became a stakes winner by scoring in the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park.
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2023.
She’s what I call a queen, she is an absolute standout in class, physique, pedigree, and she held up to all the hoops they put these horses through at the sales.David Ingordo