AUSSIE BREEDER STRIKES AT KEENELAND

On Monday Gilbert broke new ground as a vendor when selling a filly by Curlin out of the stakes winning mare Tears I Cry (Chester House), when knocked down to West Point Thoroughbreds for USD $700,000 to be the fourth top priced lot at the second session of the Keenland September Yearling Sale.

Gilbert purchased Tears I Cry for USD $735,000 at the 2009 November Breeding Stock Sale when in foal to Curlin.  A stakes-winning daugher of Chester House, Tears I Cry is from the family of leading sires Street Cry and Shamardal, which had appeal to the Australian breeder.

“We were looking for international pedigrees,” Gilbert said in a Keeneland press release. “Tears I Cry was certainly something we could relate to, being out of the family of Street Cry and Shamardal, who have been very successful in Australia.”

“That she was in foal to Curlin was very good for me: a first-season sire and champion racehorse,” Gilbert said. ”Luckily, we’ve been blessed with a very attractive filly.”

Gilbert credits Australian bloodstock advisor Vin Cox and Jim FitzGerald of Knockgriffin Farm for his purchase of Tears I Cry. “We’re taking advice from people we believe in and so far it’s been a perfect decision.” he said.

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