After having raided BC Juvenile Fillies Turf third-place finisher Laragh last year before the Breeders’ Cup and then Stardom Bound after her victory in the BC Juvenile Fillies, IEAH—checkbook at the ready—is on the prowl again.
Today it was promising 3-year-old G3 LeComte runner-up Patena and, like Helen Pitts before her, trainer Josie Carroll now knows what it feels like to have a potential Derby winner yanked away, only to be handed over a trainer with no qualms about using every means possible to win—regardless of ethical considerations. That sucks. What makes it worse is that Carroll trained Patena’s dam Handpainted as well—so much for loyalty for a job well-done. Top that with her promising filly Springside being injured while winning the G2 Demoiselle in late November, and it’s been a tough couple of months for Carroll.
Jen over at ThoroughBlog reports IEAH paid between $1.5 and $1.8 million for 70% of Patena.
I can’t help thinking of the Dallas Cowboys (or substitute New York Yankees, if you will) when reading about IEAH’s acquisitions—and in the most cold blood manner of “assets management” that’s exactly what these horses are, acquisitions. Rather like the ostentatious Jerry Jones who never met a camera he didn’t love, IEAH’s most visible mouthpiece Michael Iavarone and his associates do very little in actually developing talent. It’s much easier to forage for prospects cultivated, nursed and coddled by others toiling in relative obscurity so forgive me if I can’t muster up admiration for IEAH or its purchases.
Then again, are they not just symptomatic of our instant-gratification-driven world? Much like “America’s Team” is able to do (when they don’t implode due to discord and distractions caused by quarterbacks dating no-talent media whores, as well as drug- and alcohol-induced crimes and misdemeanors), IEAH will continue to win, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them.