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In Lingerie, Tapitsfly cataloged to sell at Fasig-Tipton November sale
Glenye Cain Oakford / Daily Racing Form

10/08/2012 4:17PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two Keeneland Grade 1 winners last weekend are headed to the auction ring, at least for now, their owners say.

Aron Wellman, whose Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners group owns Spinster winner In Lingerie with Gary Barber, says the 3-year-old filly’s 16 partners are “keeping their options open” but currently are keeping her in the Fasig-Tipton November sale catalog. Frank Jones Jr., who bred and owns First Lady winner Tapitsfly, says he’s sending her to the same sale on Nov. 5.

“She’s definitely entered in the sale as of right now,” Wellman said of In Lingerie.

On Sunday, In Lingerie became the third Empire Maker daughter to win the Spinster – a race now sponsored, incidentally, by Juddmonte Farms, the operation that bred, raced, and stood Empire Maker before selling him to Japan in 2010. Empire Maker’s other Spinster winners were Mushka in 2009 and Acoma in 2010. In Lingerie is out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Chat.

“Right now, our focus is on getting her out to California and preparing her for the Breeders’ Cup,” Wellman said. “Our company is still in its infancy, and while at some point in time we’d like to be able to expand our core business and develop some level of a broodmare band, right now we’re not in the breeding business. It’s important for us to be able to campaign top-class fillies like this and be able to take them to market so that our partners can maximize revenue and put some money back in their pockets so that we can go back and try to find another one.”

Jones bred Tapistfly by mating his Marlin mare Flying Marlin to Tapit. Jones says he’s also not intending to be a major player in the breeding business, despite having bred a Grade 1 winner.

“I’m not set up to be having breeding stock worth that much money,” said Jones, a Louisville businessman who keeps three broodmares with Beau Lane in Paris, Ky. “I’m not a big-time breeder, and she’s a big-time horse. I’m 99 percent sure I’m going to sell her.”

Jones has a 3-month-old full sister to Tapitsfly that he intends to race, but he probably will sell Flying Marlin next year after putting her in foal, likely to Kitten’s Joy. The 13-year-old mare is empty this year, having been given a year off.

“I was good to win a Grade 1 at Keeneland,” Jones said. “Of all the races Tapitsfly has won, this was her first win in Kentucky. And what better way to go to a sale than to come off a Grade 1?”

Phone Chatter’s influence still felt

The weekend race results, including In Lingerie’s Spinster win, highlighted the influence the late champion Phone Chatter has had as a broodmare. In Lingerie is out of Phone Chatter’s Grade 2-winning daughter Cat Chat. Not long after In Lingerie skipped over the Polytrack to Keeneland’s winner’s circle, another Phone Chatter granddaughter won the L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita. That was Rumor, Phone Chatter’s unraced daughter Mini Chat, already is the dam of a Grade 1 winner in 2007 Norfolk Stakes winner Dixie Chatter.

In Lingerie’s dam, Cat Chat, is by Storm Cat, and Mini Chat is by Deputy Minister.

Phone Chatter, whom Herman Sarkowsky sold to Coolmore Stud for $3.6 million at the 2001 Keeneland November sale, died in 2007.


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