Champion Tepin, In Foal To Curlin, To Be Offered At Fasig-Tipton November

by | 09.08.2017 | 11:14am
Tepin, seen winning the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

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.”

  • Ida Lee

    Stellar, Finest City, Lady Eli, and now Tepin….all our wonderful girls and Champions….and Tepin…..our Turf Queen…. and in foal to Curlin….OMG….how much money is this Lady going to bring? Tepin gave us one wonderful ride but we all know she didn’t want to race anymore and now she is happily in foal to a Curlin baby and I’m sure we’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous wildly talented mini Tepin/Curlin….can’t wait….

    • Jbumi

      “…how much money is this Lady going to bring?” My guess is about 100 times my life savings! I’ll be looking forward to seeing Teflon on the track (so named because he/she will just glide on by the competition)!!!!

      • Ida Lee

        You’re funny Jbumi….If you remember, Better Than Honour sold for $14 million….saw that auction….reached that figure in seconds it seemed ….buyers couldn’t put their bids in fast enough….the millions were flying….normally, I don’t like to watch these auctions but what with my favorite girls being sold, I want to see who’s going to buy them….I bet this sale will set records ….

        • greg

          You’re correct, another Eric Guillot created waste of MILLIONS for Mr Moreno, also if you remember Moreno already owned 50% so in essence he paid $7m, still $3-$4m too much

          • Ida Lee

            Better was mom to Rags to Riches, Jazil, Casino Drive, among other stand outs and was Broodmare of the Year in 07 …. but I agree….way too much money …..but, the worth is what people are willing to pay …I really think we’re going to see this record broken with Tepin and Curlin baby….

  • OopsyDaisy3

    All i hope and pray is that she stays in The United States.
    Linda

    • ctgreyhound

      I feel that way about the “Fab Five” Ida mentioned above. Sadly it’s a pipe dream.

  • J. Nasium

    Here’s What’s Really Going to Happen:
    Tepin will be bought by her trainer Casse for $20,000,000. He will then keep the resulting foal which he will campaign and win the Triple Crown in 2020. Tepin in the meantime will be bred back to Curlin in 2018 and sold in Novemeber of that year in foal to Curlin for $35,000,000 to Abdul-Abdul-Abdullah-al -Abdul, who will move her to England where she will have a beautiful English bred colt in 2019. This little boy will win his first race in England, then win a Gr1 and Gr 2 there as well, be retired after 3 races as European Champion, Horse of the Year in Europe and be sent to Australia to stand stud. Anyone who can’t this this is in the wrong sport.

    • Ida Lee

      Stop it….I can’t stop laughing …..thank you for making my day….I wish I was 100% sure that your comment is a fairy tale ….

      • Julie L.

        Wish I could win the lottery in time for these wonderful mares going to auction. What a broodmare band I would have! Well as my Irish mother would have said.. “Wish in one hand and c * * p in the other and see which one fills up first” .

        • Ida Lee

          LOL….my mother used to say the same thing…except in Spanish….

          • Julie L.

            My mother could say it in the Irish language too. Lol

          • Ida Lee

            …..and I’m sure they both sounded quite charming when spoken with an accent as most things usually do ….LOL

  • Guest

    Hope she likes Japan cause that’s were she is guaranteed to be going along with Songbird, Lady Eli, Stellar Wind and Miss Temple City cause they would be better appreciated there. Say goodbye everyone.

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