03/22/2011 11:28AM

Dubai: Gitano Hernando sold to Chechen president

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Andrew Watkins
Gitano Hernando has been sold by Team Valor and Gary Barber to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

Gitano Hernando, the 2009 winner of Santa Anita’s Goodwood Stakes and one of 14 entries in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup, has been sold by Team Valor and Gary Barber to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov for what is believed to be $4 million.

The deal, brokered by British bloodstock agent Robert Harrison, will eventually see the 5-year-old son of Hernando switched to South African-based trainer Herman Brown. Gitano Hernando will, however, be saddled for the World Cup by his current trainer, the Newmarket-based Marco Botti.

Last week, Kadyrov purchased Holy Bull Stakes runner-up Sweet Ducky from George and Lori Hall. The Pulpit colt will run in the UAE Derby on Saturday, when he will be saddled by Brown.

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