It hasn’t been a particularly strong crop of Argentine classic colts this year. The Derby winner, Storm Chispazo, had a checkered past-performance history before he won the Derby — the Nacional, on dirt over 2500 meters at Palermo on the same date as the Oaks. A son of Bernstein, Storm Chispazo was therefore passed on by the Arabs, but he found a buyer from Russia — reportedly at seven figures! — and will also travel to Dubai to race before heading on to Moscow, probably for the President’s Cup. Turf Diario reported the sale, but not the name of the buyer.
Last summer, Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov purchased Bronze Cannon from Britain to race in the President’s Cup. Could he be the mystery buyer?