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Turbulent Descent sold, to join Pletcher in New York
INGLEWOOD, Calif .- Turbulent Descent, the winner of six stakes in California, Kentucky, and New York, has been sold to Coolmore Racing, Scott Sherwood, a member of the partnership that owned the filly said on Sunday.
A 4-year-old filly who has won 7 of 11 starts and $901,640, Turbulent Descent is scheduled to be sent to trainer Todd Pletcher’s New York stable on Tuesday.
Turbulent Descent won her 2012 debut in the minor Desert Stormer Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 17. Sherwood said on Sunday that negotiations progressed in recent weeks after an unexpected offer was received.
“We were not shopping the horse,” he said. “We had our plans coming out of the Desert Stormer to go to the A Gleam [Handicap on July 14], but all of a sudden something popped out. It was an offer that was so much money you couldn’t refuse it.”
Regarding the details of the sale, Sherwood said the purchase price was private and that “all the documentation has been done.”
Turbulent Descent won three Grade 1 stakes – the Hollywood Starlet Stakes in 2010, the 2011 Santa Anita Oaks, and the 2011 Test Stakes at Saratoga.
“I think everyone feels we had a great experience,” Sherwood said. “We traveled around the country and won a number of Grade 1 races. She was going to be sold at a broodmare sale at the end of the year. That was always in the plans, regardless.”
Sherwood owned the filly through the Blinkers On Racing Stable.
One possibility race for Turbulent Descent this summer is the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes, a Grade 1 for fillies and mares over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 24.
Lets give Mike Puype a ton of credit for guiding this horse through some tough races and always putting her welfare first, Good Job Mike !
I remember reading the story here in DRF about Mr. Kronfeld and Zenyatta's dam, Vertigineau. "He sold Vertigineux in the fall of 2008 in a private deal with John Magnier of Coolmore Stud. The deal was reached after Kronfeld consulted with Don Robinson of Winter Quarter Farms in Kentucky, where Kronfeld boards his horses. “When I thought the world of finance was coming to the end, in 2008, I talked it over with Donnie Robinson,” Kronfeld said. “I said, ‘I think we have to sell her. There is never going to be the eight-digit prices for broodmares.’ “The odds on her throwing one more [Zenyatta] are astronomical,” he said. “I said I wanted to keep the in-utero foal. John Magnier allowed me to do that. I asked for a number, and there was no negotiation.” It looks like Coolmore is looking for good fillies/mares to add to their broodmare band, and price is no object. What a wonderful thing to have the dough to buy whichever horse you want! Not very many folks have that luxury.
This filly was stopping to a walk at a distance. Take a look at her race at Belmont, she was 10 lengths back right after the wire. Any talk about mismanaged is nuts. She is a sprinter and thats it. 7 furlongs was even going to be pushing it against older fillies. She is a very nice filly, not a superstar. She was well managed in her career.
I really like this filly. She not quite a superstar but shes really good. One thing Pletcher will do is get more speed into her. Thats what he does. Puype isnt very good. The 7f Ballerina is always a great race. Now with 500k in the line it should be really special. Bet she sold for around $2.5 mill. Just my guesstimate. I have no inside knowledge.
Pathetically mis-managed. Puype is a joke given how he GAVE AWAY the 2011 Kentucky Oaks to Baffert and Plum Pretty, a horse that Turbulent Descent walked over at SA. Instead of training her to get an additional 1/16 of a mile from the SA Oaks to KY Oaks, Puype declared her a sprinter and wrote off the major 2-turn 3YO(F) races. Keep in mind that TD won the SA OAks in stakes record time. In the end, Puype got what he deserved. Notta big Pletcher fan though.
Despite being a 3-time G1 winner, Turbulent Descent gives off a vibe of a horse that had been mismanaged. She clearly thrived from Oct-Dec 2010 and Feb-Apr 2011 when she was able to put 3 races together. Why the long breaks after each race after that? Obviously it didn't work. I'm not particularly a great fan of Todd Pletcher, but I think most other trainers can do a better job than Mike Puype with this horse. I am also not fully convinced that Turbulent Descent couldn't be effective over a route of ground. She was beaten 1.25L by Zazu after a layoff going two turns and 1 mile in a G1 at Santa Anita, but came right back to beat Zazu a month later going 8.5f, half a furlong longer. Both times she endured a below average and an average ride from David Flores. Either Castellano or Johnny V will be a huge upgrade. Out of an AP Indy sire and a Forestry dam, she is bred to go at least 9 furlongs. She beat Plum Pretty handily going 8 furlongs and 2 turns in February of last year, and beat Zazu by a half length going 8.5f in the Santa Anita Oaks in which she struck the front at a 1:10:3/5 6 furlong mark. I really don't understand how they suddenly determined that she's a pure sprinter only. I would not be surprised at all if the target race for Coolmore and Pletcher is the Personal Ensign at Saratoga, now being run at 9 furlongs, with a 2-turn prep race before that, perhaps Molly Pitcher at Monmouth or something similar. The purchase price has to be a million or two below the $8mil paid for Royal Delta. With wins in the Personal Ensign, Beldame and the BC Distaff, they'll get back half of it. Being a Congrats dam, Coolmore will turn a profit with her within 3-5 years with those Galileo/TD offsprings. A sound investment!
Mr Sherwood, Did you check what you could have got for her in JAPAN????
"Ballerina Stakes?" Fletcher better crank her way up in order to have any chance against Groupie Doll. A smarter idea is to avoid Groupie Doll until the BC Sprint.
Don't think she is as quite as good on the dirt, but the tiring track at Saratoga may fit her well. She won the Test after all. Pletcher should try to get her at least two starts there.
Pletcher, please take care of her...
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