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the land will take care of you.
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Robert and Lawana Low bought the first seven-figure yearling during the final Book 1 session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale Sept. 13 when they went to $1.05 million for a Curlin filly, the first foal out of grade 1 winner Dame Dorothy.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who campaigned Dame Dorothy, bred the filly consigned by Stone Farm in the name of his B. Flay Thoroughbreds.
Bloodstock agent Jacob West signed the ticket for the strapping chestnut filly.
“They make a concerted effort to get some two-turn dirt horses, and that’s exactly what this filly is,” West said of the owners, who won the Arkansas Derby (G1) in their home state this year with Magnum Moon.
West added that the filly will eventually be sent to trainer Todd Pletcher, who trained Dame Dorothy.
“She’s by Curlin, a grade 1 winner and incredibly fast,” the agent added. “Todd said Dame Dorothy was one of his best 2-year-olds and she had a little setback, but he said that filly was very, very fast. To be by Curlin, out of a grade 1 winner, I figured that was going to be the price, and we got it done.”
According to West, part of the filly’s appeal was her good bone and size.
“She didn’t look like a first filly, she looked like a colt,” he said. “She has everything we look for. We hope she goes on, maybe goes into the broodmare band, but we’d go from there. Mr. Flay owned her, and I know it was hard to sell her because he has ties to the family, but tip of the cap to him.”
Overall, West feels the market has been solid over the first four days of the sale.
“The good horses sell well, the bad horses—deemed bad by the public—nobody wants,” he said. “That’s just what the market is right now. I know it’s not fair to some horses, but that’s really what it is. We hope that it continues on because these breeders need it. They work hard to bring these horses here. They bring a solid product to the market, and they need to get paid.”