McLaughlin to Train $1.5-Million Filly

Hennig to train $1.5 million Storm Cat filly for Team Valor.

The $1.5-million Storm Cat filly purchased by Team Valor International at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale has been named Carriage Trade, and she will be trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, according to Team Valor’s Barry Irwin. Originally, Carriage Trade had been scheduled to go to Mark Hennig, but Team Valor changed that plan.

Followng the Saratoga auction, the bay filly was sent to Florida, where she was broken recently at a farm owned by Dr. Barry Eisaman and his wife, Shari.

“He (Barry Eisaman) says she’s got a lot of spunk, which you would expect for a Storm Cat, but he says it’s not the bad kind, it’s the good kind,” Irwin said.

Team Valor formed a limited liability company to own and race the filly, which was produced from the grade III-winning Vanlandingham mare Totemic. For syndication purposes, 15% was added to the yearling’s purchase price, raising her total value to $1.725 million. There were 40 interests available, the smallest being a 2.5% share that cost $43,125. The syndication is 90% complete, Irwin said.

The filly is the most expensive yearling of her sex sold so far this year at public auction in North America. She is a full sister to Cherokee, a group III winner in Ireland, and another Irish stakes winner, Art Museum. She is a half-sister to grade II winner Lil’s Lad.

Team Valor will not be shopping at the upcoming Keeneland September sale because “we’ve got enough yearlings for now,” Irwin said. Team Valor spent $2,120,000 for three yearlings at the Saratoga auction and $630,000 for seven horses at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale. Team Valor is now searching for racehorses in Europe to purchase privately, according to Irwin.

Irwin plans to attend the September auction, where he will represent a client. “We won’t be spending at the higher levels,” Irwin said.