IEAH Stables, co-owner of NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Kip Deville, has acquired an interest in multiple graded stakes winner Court Vision, one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The colt’s previous owner, WinStar Farm, has been represented in the Derby by Bluegrass Cat and Any Given Saturday the past two years. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Court Vision, a son of Gulch, out of Weekend Storm, a full-sister to Summer Squall and half-sister to A.P. Indy, has captured the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct and Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
The colt will remain in the barn of trainer Bill Mott, but will now race in the silks of IEAH Stables, which earned more than $4 million in 2007.
Court Vision will be the second horse IEAH and WinStar have campaigned together, the first being Sharp Susan, winner of last year's Grade II Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
“Doing business with the guys at WinStar has been nothing but a pleasure and we can only hope to share in their good fortune,” said Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables. “If all the stars align and we find ourselves at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, it will be a dream come true. I thank WinStar for giving us the opportunity to partner on such an outstanding horse and take part in such a successful operation. Court Vision has the pedigree, the class, and the ability to be a classics winner.”
Court Vision currently is in training at Payson Park in Florida and preparing for his next likely start in the Grade II, $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.
“With Court Vision descending from the female line of A.P. Indy and being a top five rated two year old on the Experimental Free Handicap, the decision to sell was difficult and came down to two things,” said Elliott Walden, vice president of WinStar Farm LLC. “Firstly, it is consistent with our business plan, and secondly, the relationship with IEAH has been a 'win-win' for all parties. We look forward to the prospects of adding Court Vision to our elite stallion roster at the conclusion of his successful racing career.”