At last year’s Keeneland November sale, Oklahoman Judy Curry and partners purchased two weanlings for a total of $10,000.
When the cheapest of those two purchases – a Rainmaker filly bought for $2,500 – was sold for $77,000 Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale, it represented a major score for Curry, her husband Todd, and partners Darren and Melissa Rushton. The filly was bought by Mike Mulligan’s Leprechaun Racing.
“I am totally shocked,” Curry said Tuesday after the sale concluded. “I knew she was a nice filly I wasn’t expecting $77,000. I told my husband before the sale that if I got $20,000 I would be tickled to death.”
Curry said she was undeterred by the low price the Rainmaker filly was selling for when she purchased her at Keeneland. “If I like the animal, I will try to buy it. As long as it fits my budget. She was so balanced and she had a little smooth way of walking. She just really caught my eye. She is real pretty and I thought I would improve on her.”
An additional incentive for Curry to buy the filly was that the sire, Rainmaker, an unraced son of Storm Cat, stands at stud in Louisiana and would be appealing to buyers in Texas.
Curry and her husband operate a 33-acre farm in Tupelo, Oklahoma. The Texas sale was her first as a consignor and the two horses she sold there were the only two Thoroughbreds she owned. She also has one Quarter Horse mare.
Previous to the Texas sale, Curry’s experience included assisting with sales consignments of the Oklahoma-based No Name Ranch and working for others at sales in Kentucky and Texas.
Curry prepared the Rainmaker filly and the other horse in her consignment – a Sligo Bay colt who had been bought at Keeneland for $7,500 – for the sale by working them daily in a round pen at the farm.
While she had a major windfall with the Rainmaker colt, Curry was not as lucky with the Sligo Bay colt, who went for $1,700.
Now operating at a healthy profit, Curry plans to return to Keeneland in November and will have a little bit more to spend this time.
“I am not going to go get carried away, but I will probably spend a little bit more on those babies,” she said. –By Ron Mitchell