Starship Truffles, Princess Rooney, Calder, 6th July 2013
Trained by Marty Wolfson, Sire: Ghostzapper. Dam: Bobbie Use
Starship Truffles must be wondering what she has to do to impress her owners enough to keep her. Just nine days after winning the Princess Rooney by 3¾ lengths, she was sold for a sale-topping $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton inaugural July Summer Select Horses of Racing Age Sale to Castleton Lyons. It was the sixth time this four-year-old filly, who is 14-for-26 lifetime, has changed hands. She was sold at auction three times, claimed twice, and sold privately once.
On July 4, 2012, one year and two days before she won the Princess Rooney, Starship Truffles was claimed for $6,250 by Gerald Procino. She won that race by 10¼ lengths, and had three more wins before she switched trainers to Marty Wolfson.
In her only previous graded stakes appearance before the Princess Rooney, she was a distant ninth in the Grade 2 Inside Information. Still, she won an allowance race by 10 lengths heading into her first Grade 1, in which she went off at 8-1 and won easily. She was immediately entered in the Fasig-Tipton Sale. “The Princess Rooney is, so far, the highlight of her career, and we are taking an opportunity to put her in the auction ring at an ideal time and place,” Steve Smith of Chasing Tails Stables said. “She’s at the top of her game and there are a lot of valuable stakes coming up for older fillies and mares throughout the rest of the year.”
After the sale, Gabriel Duignan, who signed the sales slip for Castleton Lyons before sending the filly back to Wolfson’s stable, said, “She was very impressive last out. She suits the program for Castleton Lyons and hopefully we can win a bit more with her.”