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West Point fillies fetch over $4 million

November 05, 2007 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds' two fillies, Dream Rush and Irish Smoke, sold for more than $4 million at Sunday's Fasig-Tipton November Kentucky select mixed sale.  With three Grade 1 wins between them, the pair was expected to command great interest in the auction ring.

Dream Rush, a leading candidate for the new Filly and Mare Sprinter Eclipse Award, sold for $3.3 million to agent D. Easter on behalf of Halsey Manor.  Undefeated at two, Dream Rush captured the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 1 Darley Test among four graded stakes wins this year.  The three-year-old daughter of Wild Rush showed incredible brilliance and incredible tenacity in her racing career.  Purchased for $285,000 as a two-year-old in training, Dream Rush concludes her <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />West Point career with six wins and two seconds from nine career starts for trainer Rick Violette.  She earned an impressive $627,864 on the track.

Dream Rush was not the only big ticket item sold by West Point Thoroughbreds.  Irish Smoke, our Grade 1 winning two-year-old filly, fell under the auctioneer's hammer for $750,000.  A daughter of Smoke Glacken, Irish Smoke broke her maiden at first asking at Saratoga in August before dominating the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga on Labor Day weekend.  Irish Smoke was purchased for $285,000 as a two-year-old earlier this year.  She completes her West Point Thoroughbreds career with two wins from four starts and earnings of $187.200.

West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley said, "Last night was a tremendous evening for both our Partners and the company.  We are thankful to have campaigned the likes of Dream Rush and Irish Smoke.  Their class and ability speaks for themselves.  We know that someday they will turn into phenomenal broodmares.  We congratulate the Partners on their success."

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