07/01/2012 3:07PM

Turbulent Descent sold, to join Pletcher in New York

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Turbulent Descent, winner of the Desert Stormer at Hollywood Park in her 2012 debut, is a three-time Grade 1 winner and was purchased privately by Coolmore Racing for an undisclosed price.

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.