Indian Charlie Filly Brings $600,000

Daughter of grade II winner Alpine Garden bought by Team Valor International.

A filly from the last crop of Indian Charlie was sold for $600,000 to become the first horse over the half-million-dollar mark during the early portion of the Aug. 5 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Team Valor International's Barry Irwin signed the sales receipt. Underbidders were Robert and Lawana Low.

"This filly is awesome looking," Irwin said. "I thought she was the best walker I had seen. I don't care about a pedigree, I care about an athlete."

Consigned by Gainesway, agent, the filly was produced from Canadian grade III winner Alpine Garden (by Lemon Drop Kid ).

"She's an exceptional filly and she really showed terrific throughout the process. She had quite a following," said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. "It was very well beyond our reserve but she was the kind of filly we thought could bring a strong figure as she's a great looking filly, very composed, a lot of class out of a graded stakes winner.

"We thank all parties and we wish Barry (Irwin) and Team Valor (International) good luck with the filly."

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Peter Redekop and had been purchased as a weanling by BGH Ranch for $185,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.