Three Chimneys Goes to $1.7M for Curlin Colt - petsitterbank

Three Chimneys Goes to $1.7M for Curlin Colt

Three Chimneys successfully bought out its partner, co-breeder Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, when its went all the way to $1.7 million to secure Hip 169, a Curling colt Sept. 12 during the first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Three Chimneys’ vice chairman Doug Cauthen said he was happy to bring the colt back solely under the farm’s banner for chairman Goncalo Borges Torrealba, who bought the colt with Winchell Thoroughbreds.

“It was a really lovely colt. It was a great mare that sold and went to Japan,” Cauthen said. “Having seen him grow up, he really continued to improve, and everybody liked him.

“Mr. Torrealba and his family wanted to have something out of that mare. (We’re) hopeful he goes on and does great things.”

The colt is out of the grade 1-winning Malibu Moon pond Carina Mia who went to Shadai Farm after selling for $2.6 million from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales consignment to the 2021 The November Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s select mixed sale.

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“(He’s) just a really athletic, medium-sized horse with a lot of stretch,” Cauthen said. “He moved wonderfully, and he was only on the improve and everybody who looked at the horse as far as advisers, trainers, etc., was very positive about him, which always makes you feel good. Obviously we knew this horse wasn’t going to be inexpensive. It was more than we hoped or wanted but it was a real good feeling from some folks that we liked their opinion.”

Sikura, owner of Hill ‘n’ Dale, said he was not surprised by how far Cauthen had to go.

“”He’s a beautiful horse. Had all the ingredients,” said Sikura. “By a magical sire—Curlin. The dam is a grade 1 winner, so we had a half-dozen of the most elite buyers on the horse and that was the result. He’s a long smooth great mover with lots of bone, with a quality head and eye. He exuded class. It was a very good price, but am I shocked at the price? No. A very good result. Some of the heavy hitters don’t like to be outbid.”

Three Chimneys and Winchell Thoroughbreds bought two horses during the sales opening day for a total of $3.2 million. The partners also bought Hip 87, a $1.5 million filly by gun runner . The partners raced Gun Runner, who now stands at Three Chimneys.

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