From Staff Reports
Cotton Blossom, a Grade I stakes winner for Aiken-based Dogwood Stable, was sold for $1.9 million on Sunday night at Fasig-Tipton's Selected Auction Sale in Lexington, Ky.
The 3-year-old filly was purchased by Overbrook Farm, and her new owners plan to breed her to Storm Cat, a stallion who has twice been ranked America's leading sire.
"It was a bittersweet moment to watch our filly sell last night," Dogwood President Cot Campbell said in a prepared statement.
"With her race record, breeding and looks, we thought she would be one of the stars of this sale, and the $1.9 million Overbrook Farm spent proved we were correct."
Under the tutelage of trainer Todd Pletcher, Cotton Blossom won four times in 11 career starts, placed second twice and finished third twice. Her Grade I stakes earnings were $724,987.
Cotton Blossom's biggest win was the Grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont. Her career highlights included wins in the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga Race Course and the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.
Cotton Blossom also finished third in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.
Dogwood purchased the filly for $210,000 from the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling sale in 2005. She was retired from racing in August after sustaining an injury in the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga.