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How I Met A Star Before She Became One

Every once in a while, a story comes full circle years later.

In 2009, I went to the Fasig-Tipton sale to do a story on depressed horse sale prices, due to the economy.

When we were doing one of our segments, we asked for a horse to stand in the background.

Darren in 2009 with the horse that became Plum Pretty.
Mark Reid
Darren in 2009 with the horse that became Plum Pretty.

Today, I received this note from Mark J. Reid Jr.:

I'm writing from Walnut Green Farm in Southeast Pennsylvania. You did a few interviews at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale in 2009 with D. Wayne Lukas, and then-President Walt Roberton. What you didn't realize was that the real star was standing behind you. You guys asked for a horse as a prop for the interviews, so we brought a filly out that we tried (unsuccessfully) to sell. A filly by Medaglia D'Oro out of a mare named Liszy who was a yearling at the time and who in the attached photo is standing right behind you. Well she's all grown up and turned out to be PLUM PRETTY, who I'm sure you know won the Kentucky Oaks on Friday for owner John Fort and Peachtree Stable. You didn't know at the time, but the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner was standing right next to you. Just thought I'd share this little tidbit with you.

How cool is that? Turns out Plum Pretty sold nine months later for $130,000. Thanks to the Oaks victory, Plum Pretty has now earned $761,200.

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