Ballingarry, impressive winner of last Sunday's Canadian International Championship, has been sold by Mrs. John Magnier for an undisclosed seven-figure price to a partnership consisting of Sidney Port, Marsha Naify, and the husband and wife team of Emmanuel and Laura De Seroux.
Laura De Seroux, who made the announcement on a national teleconference Tuesday, will train the 3-year-old son of Sadler's Wells and point him for the Breeders' Cup Turf.
"Emmanuel has been watching this horse all year," De Seroux said. "He called me from Europe and told me to watch the tapes of him. He said, 'I really like this horse.' Coolmore will often sell their second tier horses, so he made them an offer. A few days before the Canadian International, we agreed on a price. The horse would race at Woodbine in Mrs. Magnier's name and they would keep the purse. Then the horse would come to us. After the race, we had him vetted and after he passed the vet's test we took full control of the him. So, we won a big gamble there."
Naify is the daughter of the late Marshall Naify of 505 Farms who died in April of 2000 at the age of 80.
Prior to the Canadian International, Ballingarry won the group I Criterium de Saint-Cloud at two and the group II Prix Noailles earlier this year. He also finished second in the Italian Derby and third in the Irish Derby and Irish St. Leger.
De Seroux also announced that Del Mar Oaks winner Dublino, owned by Robert Geringer, Michael Klein, Liberty Bell Stables, and San Gabriel Investments, will run in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
"Dublino has been doing so well we decided to go for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf," she said. "She's just been getting stornger and healthier, and all indications are that she's really come forward in her maturity."