The November edition of the Fasig-Tipton Sale began today with some gaudy numbers being put up. There was the world record setting $14 million purchase for Better Than Honour’s the broodmare of the year and also the $5.7 million purchase of the likely to be crowned 2008 Juvenile Filly Champion Stardom Bound offered.
There is no indication who purchased Better Than Honour at this point but we have learned that IEAH has been on record as saying that they purchased Stardom Bound. This could be another situation in my opinion where Rick (the big mouth) Dutrow, ruins the horse, and any chance that she would have at winning the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and possibly making another big run on the synthetics at Santa Anita in November next year at the Breeders Cup. This horse has no physical issues and seems to be thriving since her win in the Juvi Fillies. In my opinion Rick Dutrow is a lower tier trainer, who basically is working for an operation with plenty of capital and has the ability to go out and get the very best horses offered at the different sales and give him the opportunity to allow, and I do mean allow these horses to win. Sadly you can expect that if Stardom Bound does not live up to her potential then rumors and excuses will fly from the camp and you can be assured that her schedule up to the Kentucky Oaks and possibly the Breeders Cup will be just as imaginative as Big Brown's schedule, therefore allowing for the connections to be able to throw legitimate excuses out there for the public to make decisions on.