The buzz was right Monday night.
Presale hype - which isn't all that loud on the quiet sales grounds but usually fairly reliable - was that a colt by Tapit would bring the highest price during Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings. That wasn't much of a stretch, considering that Tapit is America's leading sire and the yearlings by him in the Saratoga catalog were considered the most athletic on the grounds.
When bidding was complete three Tapit colts accounted for the three highest priced yearlings of the night, including two that sold for seven figures in Hip No. 70 for $2 million and Hip No. 34 for $1.2 million.
The sale of those Tapit colts, and many others yearlings that were in high demand, helped spark significant gains for the first of two sessions.
Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 70 of the 85 yearlings offered for a total of $21,745,000, an increase of 19 percent from last year's total of $18,267,000 for 64 sold during the opening session. The session's average price was $310,643, up 8.8 percent from last year's average $285,422. Median price dropped slightly, from $232,500 opening night last year to $225,000 Monday.
To read the rest of the opening-session recap, download Tuesday's digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Keeneland.