08/26/2011 12:47PM

Spendthrift Farm buys Court Vision from IEAH


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has purchased the multiple Grade 1 winner Court Vision from a group headed by IEAH Stables and has transferred the 6-year-old horse from Richard Dutrow Jr. to Dale Romans.

While Hughes purchased the horse as a stallion prospect, the plan is to race him the remainder of this year with the Woodbine Mile and Breeders’ Cup Mile as potential goals. He will be retired at year’s end.

“That was the original plan,” said Ned Toffey, general manager for Spendthrift Farm. “Dale only just got the horse, we’ll see how things progress.” Court Vision, a 6-year-old son of Gulch, has won 8 races from 29 starts and has earned $2,656,435. He has won seven graded stakes, including four Grade 1’s. As a 2-year-old, he won the Grade 2 Remsen at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. His Grade 1 victories include the Hollywood Derby, Shadwell Turf Mile, Woodbine Mile and Gulfstream Park Turf.

“He’s versatile,” Toffey said. “This horse is a Grade 2 winner at 2 on dirt. He’s also very accomplished on turf. His conformation – he’s an absolutely beautiful horse. He’s got a really tremendous pedigree. We thought he was a really interesting horse with a ton of potential.”

Court Vision is out of the dam Weekend Storm, whose mother, Weekend Surprise, is also the mother of champion A.P. Indy and classic winner Summer Squall.

Court Vision is 0 for 3 this year, having most recently finished fourth in the Colonial Turf Cup on June 18 at Colonial Downs.

Toffey said it has not yet been determined whether Court Vision would stand stud in Kentucky or New York.