Trainer Mike Puype knew Turbulent Descent was going to be leaving his barn eventually, but the recent sale of the three-time grade I winning filly to Coolmore Racing still stings.
“It’s a hard thing to have happen,” said Puype July 3. “She’s been nothing but good for everyone involved with her from the moment she first came to my barn.”
Previously owned by a partnership that included Blinkers On Racing Stable, Robert Butler, and William Strauss, 4-year-old Turbulent Descent was purchased for an undisclosed sum in a private sale that was reported July 1. She is due to be shipped to New York where she will be part of Todd Pletcher's stable.
The daughter of Congrats and Roger’s Sue was bred in Florida and purchased for $160,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sale in April 2010. She had seven wins -- six of them in stakes -- and two seconds in 11 starts for Puype with earnings of $901,640. The bay filly was 4-for-4 in her career at Betfair Hollywood Park, including the 2010 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I). She made her final start for Puype at Hollywood June 17, winning the minor Desert Stormer Handicap in her first race of the year.
“I knew it was coming to an end anyway,” Puype continued. “She was going to be sold (at auction) after a few more races but the owners received an offer they couldn’t refuse and that’s what needed to be done. It came out of the blue. I didn’t know anything about it until Friday. They closed the deal quickly and that was it.”
It took the trainer only a millisecond to identify the grade I Test in 2011 as Turbulent Descent's greatest victory.
“It’s not even close,’’ he said. “She was devastating in that race at Saratoga. She won with speed to spare. That was absolutely, positively her best race, without a doubt. She won some other races in hand and was 5-for-5 on synthetic tracks. Basically, I can’t say enough about her. I love her and it’s hard to see her go but, again, it’s a business.”
Besides the Test and the Starlet, Turbulent Descent also won the 2011 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Puype’s compensation from the sale could be considerable, but the subject comes across as a secondary consideration.
“That’s all being worked out,” explained Puype. “I’m sure I’m not going to come up short. It’s just hard to lose her.”