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A New Phase for the Yearlings and Driving a Maserati

September 16, 2011 · By Terry Finley · Share

LEXINGTON, KY - After we headed down to the barn to snap some pictures on Wednesday, our three yearling purchases from the Keeneland September Sale were shipped off to a new phase of life.

The Curlin filly and her Distorted Humor contemporary headed down Versailles Road around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning on a Brookledge van along with the colt by Tale of the Cat. It was an uneventful trip from here to Knoxville, Tennessee, then over the mountain to Ashville, North Carolina. From there they went on to their final destination of Camden, South Carolina, where they were bedded down at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Farm by 3:30 p.m.
We’re making some changes this season with our yearlings. Instead of heading to Ocala, they’ll get their foundational training at Kirkwood. Camden has a long legacy of Thoroughbred success, and so does Kip, the newest member of our training team. We gave him a couple of layups as a kind of test drive late last year and he did a great job - in fact, the test drive turned out to be as smooth as a Maserati.    

After spending the past few weeks on the hectic sales scene getting groomed and pulled in and out of their stalls to be viewed by potential buyers, the upcoming days will be a relief for our yearlings as they settle down in their new home. But the three compadres won’t get too much downtime; by the end of the week they’ll be introduced to tack, starting an education that will carry over through the winter months until they head to trainers in the spring.

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