02/12/2008 12:00AM

IEAH in deal for unbeaten filly


International Equine Acquisitions Holdings Inc. has an agreement in place to purchase majority interest in top Kentucky Oaks candidate Pure Clan. The deal is scheduled to close on Thursday, confirmed Lewis Lakin, the filly's seller, who will retain an undisclosed percentage of Pure Clan. Bob Holthus will continue to train the undefeated filly, who is scheduled to make her season debut in the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on March 16.

Lakin said the decision to sell was made for a number for reasons.

"I do this as a business interest," he said. "I thought these were good people. They allowed us to train the horse as she has been, with Mr. Holthus. And they offered a fair price."

International Equine owns several high-profile horses, including Grade 1 winners Kip Deville and Benny the Bull. The group recently acquired an interest in top 3-year-old colt Court Vision.

Pure Clan has won all four of her starts, her latest the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24.