RON GILBERT AND HIGHGROVE STUD: CURLIN FILLY SELLS FOR USD $700,000

As a follow-up to the story that appeared in the September 12 edition of the sales notes regarding Australian Ron Gilbert and his Highgrove Stud, who were consigning their first yearling at an American sale – the Curlin filly (Hip 127) sold for USD$700,000 to Terry Finley’s West Point Thoroughbreds. The final bid was the fourth-highest price paid during the second and final select session on Monday evening.

Gilbert bought the filly’s dam, stakes winner Tears I Cry, carrying the Curlin filly, for USD$735,000 at Keeneland’s 2009 November Breeding Stock Sale. Tears I Cry is out of Mount Helena (GB), a half-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner and leading sire Street Cry (IRE) and stakes-placed Helsinki (GB), dam of European champion colt and sire Shamardal.

We hope Ron’s great success will encourage Australian buyers to purchase in-foal mares here in November and sell the resulting foal at Keeneland in September,” said Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell.

Tears I Cry was sent to Jim FitzGerald’s Knockgriffin Farm near Lexington that year to foal, and later shipped to Australia. She currently has a weanling (colt/filly) by champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice.

The Curlin filly, which sold Monday night, remained in Kentucky to be raised at Knockgriffin. She was consigned to the Keeneland sale by Brookdale Sales, agent.

SOLD! The hammer falls on the Curlin/Tears I Cry filly at the September 2011  Keeneland Sales for USD $700,000

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