Abel Tasman

Hip No.288

Quality Road – Vargas Girl, by Deputy Minister

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent

A rare opportunity this January.

With a remarkable six Grade 1 victories and earnings of nearly $3 million, ABEL TASMAN has positioned herself among history’s most accomplished runners. She displayed brilliance as a Grade 1 winner at two and Eclipse champion at three, following an illustrious trio of Grade 1 wins: the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks. Following her championship season, ABEL TASMAN returned to top form in the Ogden Phipps and Personal Ensign, where she established a new stakes record.

With a pedigree to match her performance, ABEL TASMAN is by leading sire Quality Road. Her dam, Vargas Girl, by successful broodmare sire Deputy Minister, has also produced Grade 3 winner Sky Girl and stakes-placed Moonlight Sky. Abel Tasman’s singular achievements not only make her Quality Road’s best daughter but will undoubtedly fast track her path to Racing’s Hall of Fame.

The opportunity to add this collector’s item to your broodmare band awaits. Selling January 7 at Keeneland.

“What is beyond dispute is the fact Abel Tasman continues to build a résumé that stands her among the most exceptional distaffers to come out of her legendary trainer's program.”

The Blood-Horse


Kentucky Oaks Winner

Six-time Grade 1 Winner

Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

$2,793,385 in Earnings

"She is a future first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. We are privileged to have the opportunity to present her to the best breeders from around the globe."

Mark Taylor

"Abel Tasman provided China Horse Club with some of its greatest highlights and an introduction to U.S. racing. We were very privileged to race our champion mare with Clearsky Farms. I’ll remember her as extremely talented, brave and very sound. We look forward to someone else now taking on her breeding career."

Michael Wallace
head of bloodstock for China Horse Club

"Abel Tasman had the same qualities a lot of great racehorses seem to have, but what really stood out to me was her grit, courage and determination. The Personal Ensign especially was a race where she really showed her heart and refused to be beaten."

Bernard Cleary
Breeder and co-owner of Clearsky Farms

"She’s just phenomenal. She’s just getting better with age and she’s brought us so much satisfaction… She’s an incredible mare. She was a champion and she’s one of the best I’ve ever trained, and she just keeps showing it."

Bob Baffert