Two-time Eclipse champion Tepin, who is carrying her first foal by leading sire Curlin, will be offered for sale by her owner Robert Masterson and consignor Elite Sales at the Fasig-Tipton November sale on Monday, Nov. 6th.
“My interest and my love of the sport lies in racing, and my family and I have decided to sell her because we wanted her breeding career to be nurtured by someone who loves that aspect of the business as much as I love the racing aspect,” said Masterson. “It's impossible to describe what Tepin has meant to me and my family. What happened is not believable. Everyone who races horses and who loves to do so has witnessed greatness. But never could you believe, even in your wildest dreams, that the best of the best could be yours.”
Bradley Weisbord of the upstart Elite Sales discussed how rare the opportunity is to offer a mare for sale that possesses the international accolades of Tepin.
“Tepin was legendary on the racetrack, but the chance to add a collector's item like her to a broodmare band is historic,” said Weisbord. “She is the first mare to come to public auction having been both a Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) and Queen Anne (G1) winner, which gives her unique worldwide appeal. Tepin has a great chance to shape catalogue pages for decades to come. Of the four fillies that have been Eclipse Champion Female Turf Horse twice, like Tepin, three have produced Graded or Group winners including Kingmambo and Australia, and the fourth had daughters produce Graded or Group winners.”
Tepin's illustrious racing career included 11 Graded/Group wins – 6 Grade/Group 1s – from 23 starts, with earnings of $4,437,918. The reigning back-to-back winner of the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Turf Horse in America, Tepin scored her biggest victories in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland and 2016 Queen Anne S. (G1) at Royal Ascot, defeating the best milers in the world – male and female – in both. In the latter, she made history by becoming the first Queen Anne winner trained outside Europe in 176 runnings of the prestigious one-mile event, and she joined Goldikova (Ire) in the record books as the only females to win both the Breeders' Cup Mile and Queen Anne.
“What I will remember most is the experience of doing the impossible – traveling to Ascot and racing under totally unfamiliar conditions and doing something no American horse had done, beating the best milers in Europe on their home turf – was something that may never be replicated,” added Masterson. “Then, to be congratulated in person by the Queen created a moment for me and my family which was unimaginable to us.”
Mark Casse, trainer of Tepin, believes she's the best he's ever been around. “I have trained some Breeders' Cup winners and champions, but there is no doubt this is the best horse I ever trained,” Casse said. “She came with her ‘A' game at 10 different racetracks, under every possible surface and condition, including wins on turf, dirt and synthetic. It is a special feeling leading one over knowing they are going to run big. We felt that every time with Tepin. She was first or second in her final 15 starts, 11 of those wins. Believe it or not, I think her extremely-wide second in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Mile was her best race ever. We never ducked anyone, and she took my son Norman, my staff and me around the world, and we are proud she went out on top.”
Julien Leparoux, Tepin's regular jockey, echoed Casse's sentiments. “Every jockey talks about the best horse they have ever ridden, and for me, that's an easy one: it's Tepin. She was different than my other Breeders' Cup winners, and better than any horse I ever rode. Her Royal Ascot race proved to the world that American horses could go to Ascot and win. She had the biggest heart and a desire to win that was greater than any horse I have ever sat on.”
Tepin's other Graded victories included the Woodbine Mile (G1) over males, First Lady S. (G1) and Jenny Wiley S. (G1) at Keeneland, Just a Game S. (G1) at Belmont, Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2) twice, Delta Downs Princess S. (G3) on dirt as a 2-year-old, and the Hillsborough S. (G2) and Endeavour S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. She joined elite company when becoming a two-time Champion Female Turf Horse honoree in 2015 & 2016, which had only been done before by legendary figures likes Goldikova (Ire), Ouija Board (GB), and Hall of Famers Miesque & Flawlessly. Tepin also ran historic speed figures, including a 110 Beyer – co-highest among Grade 1 turf milers in the last decade – and she stands as the only turf female ever to earn a negative Thoro-Graph figure five times.
Upon retirement earlier this year, Tepin was bred to Curlin and pronounced in foal on the first cover of her promising broodmare career. Connections believe she is poised to make more history when she sells at Fasig-Tipton November.
“Tepin captured the hearts and imagination of Thoroughbred fans around the world,” said Boyd Browning, President & CEO of Fasig-Tipton. “Her brilliance was only surpassed by her courage and determination to win. Tepin truly has unlimited potential as a broodmare. She is in foal on one cover to Curlin, sire of five Grade 1 winners in 2016 alone. It's a once-a-decade type offering that is truly elite.”
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