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Keeneland Seeks "Sealed Bids" For Curlin 20%
In the US, leading thoroughbred sales company Keeneland announced it "has been chosen to market the auction for the 20% interest in reigning US Horse-Of-The-Year Curlin that has been tied up in legal battles & will be offered through a sealed bid process," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Last month Kentucky Judge Roger Crittenden signed a court order allowing the receiver for attorneys Shirley Cunningham & William Gallion to offer their minority interest in Curlin for sale through a sealed-bid process; Keeneland announced a November 5 deadline for submitting bids. Curlin is owned 80% by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables & 20% by Midnight Cry Stable's parent Tandy LLC (Midnight Cry is the racing operation of Cunningham & Gallion, who are facing a federal criminal trial in November for alleged mishandling of the settlement in a US$42 million class-action lawsuit). Multiple Gr1-winning 4YO entire Curlin (Smart Strike-Sherrifs Deputy, by Deputy Minister) become the all-time leading North American-raced earner when he won last month's Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (10 furlongs) at Belmont Park for the 2nd successive year to take his record to 11 wins (7 Gr1 victories) & 4 placings from 15 starts for US$10,246,800 earnings.