01/28/2008 12:00AM

IEAH buys into Court Vision


International Equine Acquisitions Holdings Inc. has purchased an interest in Kentucky Derby hopeful Court Vision from WinStar Farm. Court Vision, who won the Grade 3 Iroquois and Grade 2 Remsen at age 2, will remain with trainer Bill Mott.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Court Vision will run in the red, white, and blue silks of IEAH Stable when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 24.

“He’s very well-balanced, athletic, but his most important feature is his heart,” said Michael Iavarone, co-president of International Equine. “You don’t find many 2-year-olds that can overcome a trip that he had to overcome in the Remsen and still finish the way he did.”

Court Vision is a son of Gulch out of the mare Weekend Storm, making him a full brother to Kipling. Kipling is the sire of Kip Deville, who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile for International Equine last fall. Weekend Storm is a half-sister to the 1992 Horse of the Year, A.P. Indy, and a full sister to the 1990 Preakness winner, Summer Squall.

Iavarone said that Court Vision’s breeding career will be controlled by WinStar, though International Equine will still retain its same interest.

Last year, International Equine bought an interest in Sharp Susan from WinStar two days before she won the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga.

“With Court Vision descending from the female line of A.P. Indy and being a top-five-rated 2-year-old on the Experimental Free Handicap, the decision to sell was difficult and came down to two things,” said Elliott Walden, vice president of WinStar Farm. “Firstly, it is consistent with our business plan, and secondly, the relationship with IEAH has been a ‘win-win’ for all parties. We look forward to the prospects of adding Court Vision to our elite stallion roster at the conclusion of his successful racing career.”