Stardom Bound, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, has been sold privately by IEAH Stables and the other members of the partnership that owned her. Meg Levy’s Kentucky-based Bluewater Sales brokered the deal.
At the request of the buyer, the identity of Stardom Bound’s new owner and her price won’t be disclosed, said Michael Sherack of IEAH. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit was in foal to champion and dual classic winner Big Brown at the time she was sold.
Bred in Kentucky by Fletcher Gray, Carolyn Grey, and John Youngblood, Stardom Bound was consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent, to the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. Michael Yates purchased her for $50,000.
The following year, Yates’ Shadybrook Farm, as agent, offered Stardom Bound at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, where she brought $375,000 from Christopher Paasch.
Paasch trained Stardom Bound for Charles Cono during her championship racing season when she won the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I), and Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I).
During the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, as agent, sold Stardom Bound for $5.7 million to Nick Sallusto, agent for IEAH Stables. She captured the 2009 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) while racing for the partnership put together by IEAH.
Stardom Bound’s last race was this past April at Keeneland, where she finished fifth in an allowance contest on turf. The members of the partnership that owned her at that time, in addition to IEAH, were listed by The Jockey Club as Paul Pompa Jr., Michael Dubb, and Gary Tolchin. Pompa and Tolchin were among IEAH’s racing partners in Big Brown.
Even though IEAH is involved in breeding ventures and is “proud” Stardom Bound was able to get in foal to Big Brown, “our primary focus” is racing, according to Sherack, and that was a factor in the decision to sell her.
Produced from the Tarr Road mare My White Corvette, Stardom Bound won five of 12 races and earned $1,861,610.