Big Opening Session for Ghostzapper at FT-October

10.24.2017 -

Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable paid a session-topping $275,000 to secure a filly by Ghostzapper as the four-day Fasig-Tipton October Fall Yearlings Sale kicked off with a solid day of selling on a rainy day in Lexington Monday.

"She's a pretty, well-balanced filly and a New York-bred," Siegel said. "We know Ghostzapper can get a good filly so, as they say, she ticked off all the boxes."

Siegel was forced to miss last month's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, so she was trying to make up for lost time.

"Unfortunately, I had to miss the Keeneland September sale--I was a vet scratch--but I would like to have a few more horses to fill out my group, so I came here," Siegel said after signing the ticket on Hip #96.

The yearling is out of Princesa de Papi, a half-sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea.

Hip 96 was consigned to the October sale by Tommy Eastham's Legacy Bloodstock on behalf of her breeder, Dr. Jon Davis's Milfer Farm. Davis purchased Princesa de Papi, with this foal in utero, for $70,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. "[Milfer Farm] raises a nice horse," Eastham said. "She's a big-walking horse...and was a typical Ghostzapper with a great mind."

The highest-priced colt of the session was a $180,000 son of Ghostzapper purchased by Superfine Farms owner Ron Fein. The dark bay colt, Hip #63, is destined for a return trip through the sales ring next spring, according to Fein, who did his bidding out back while standing alongside pinhooker Ciaran Dunne.

"I liked everything about him. First of all he was a Ghostzapper, second of all he had beautiful movement and good size. Ciaran Dunne liked him, that was important, and he handled this process very well," Fein explained. "He'll probably go to either Miami [Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale] or [OBS] March."

The yearling, bred by champion Songbird's breeder John Antonelli in California, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Antonelli purchased the colt's dam Piedras Negras for $95,000 as a 4-year-old in foal to Johannesburg at the 2003 Keeneland November sale. That in utero foal became graded stakes winner La Traviata, who is the dam of Group 1 winners Crusade (Mr. Greeley) and Seventh Heaven (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

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