AIKEN -- Storm Song was quite a winner in her brief career, earning more than $1 million in only 12 career starts for Aiken-based Dogwood Stable.
On Wednesday, Dogwood owner Cot Campbell reaped even more rewards from the champion two-year-old filly of 1996 by selling her for $1.4 million at the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky.
Storm Song was purchased by Jaime Carrion. The price was the highest ever fetched by a Dogwood horse at public auction, far exceeding Campbell's expectations. Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 Preakness Stakes, was sold privately and is now syndicated as a stallion at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Like her racing style, Storm Song came out of the gate fast and picked up speed when bidding began.
"I had a reserve of $750,000 on her just to be safe," Campbell said. "Of course, she blew by that like Grant took Richmond. Then she reached a million and I breathed a sigh of relief. A Japanese bidder then entered the picture and pushed the price to $1.4 million."
The new owner is in the citrus business and supplies most of the oranges for juice maker Tropicana, Campbell said. The filly will remain in the United States.
"We hated to see her go, for she gave us some wonderful thrills," Campbell said. "It was time for her to quit the race track and become a broodmare. The price was fabulous, but she is truly one of a kind."
Storm Song, the dark bay daughter of Summer Squall and Hum Along, was retired from racing this fall after an illustrious career.
As a 2-year-old, Storm Song won the Eclipse Award as the top juvenile filly. Her three victories came in the Breeders' Cup $1 million Juvenile Fillies race and in two stakes races, the Frizette and the Adirondack. For the year, she earned $898,205. As a 3-year-old, Storm Song ran in the Kentucky Oaks.
Bought as a yearling, Storm Song was broken in Aiken by Dogwood's longtime trainer Ron Stevens and came back to Aiken last November and December for a post-Breeders' Cup vacation.
"She looked so good in the staging area before she walked in the sale ring," Campbell said. "I started to scratch her from the sale and put her back in training."
Dogwood also owns her full brother, a colt named Humming who is a yearling and will run in the spring, Campbell said.
Golden Gale, another Dogwood stakes-winning filly, was sold earlier in the sale for $275,000.