Merchant Marine, third behind Curlin in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr.I), has been sold to Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm, said John Fort of Peachtree Stable, who previously owned the 4-year-old gelding.
Fort, who called the deal “quite a successful sale for Peachtree,” purchased Merchant Marine for $325,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Bred in
In 12 career starts under the care of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, Merchant Marine won five, with one second and two thirds for earnings of $305,750.
In addition to his third-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, in which he was beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Curlin, Merchant Marine has captured the listed Devil Diver and Yankee Victor Stakes at
Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains for Shadwell in the U.S., said Merchant Marine will be sent to Dubai to be pointed for the major Carnival races, which could culminate with the Dubai World Cup (UEA-I) or one of the other lucrative stakes.
Doug Watson, a former assistant to McLaughlin when he trained for Sheikh Hamdan in
McLaughlin did say that Shakis, who finished last in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) after getting stopped at the eighth pole and having to take up sharply, would be pointed for the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 28.