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Boys At Tosconova and jockey Ramon Dominguez win the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse

Boys At Tosconova: payment has yet to be receivedby Fasig-Tipton for the dam of the Grade 1 winner, Little Bonnet, who cost $750,000

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Purchases in limbo as Fasig awaits payment

THE CAREERS of a Grade 1 winner worth $900,000 and two broodmares bought for over $1 million have been in limbo since their purchase at Fasig-Tipton on November 7 last year.

The sales company has yet to receive payment for the three horses that were bid on successfully by Dubai-based agent Ajay Anne for a group of Dubai-based investors headed by Amer Abdul Aziz, who  on Thursday said he hoped to finalise the purchases "within the next few days".

The trio includes Crisp, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks last March and the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on the same course in which she beat subsequent Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks winner Evening Jewel. The daughter of El Corredor, trained last season by John Sadler, is unlikely to be able to race until payment is finally secured.

The two mares are $725,000 buy Little Bonnet, whose son Boys At Tosconova finished second to Uncle Mo in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile the day before she went through the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky ring, and Sky Mom, a black-type winner in foal to Tiznow who cost $725,000.

Fasig-Tipton declined to comment on the trio's future, or when it hoped to receive payment, although it is understood that previous attempts to settle the payment dispute ended without a solution.

Contacted on Thursday by the Racing Post, Amer Abdul Aziz said that the prospect of the trio not being paid for "was not an issue".

"We purchased the horses because they are very exciting horses, top quality," he said. "There have been some delays because of the formation of the investment company and that is being finalised. We are just liquidating the funds into the company's account. As we speak the payment is being made.

"Everything was finalised two days ago so we are looking at closing the deal in the next couple of days. There was some delay with the licensing, there was some delay with the investors, but all that has been finalised. By next week we will be able to sign all the contracts and go ahead with it. Once the payment of the horses is finalised then we can move on to the next stage (such as racing and matings plans)."





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