Group bought 80 percent interest in Curlin

Kentucky Derby hopeful Curlin nibbles at the hand of hot walker Juan Gonzales as he gets a bath outside Barn 38 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A group led by winemaker Jess Jackson
paid $2.6 million for an 80 percent majority interest in rising
star Curlin in 2007.

The purchase price, long held secret, has been released for the
first time in a motion filed in a civil case against Curlin's two
minority owners. Until Tuesday, the sale price had been reported to
be in the $3.5 million range.

Jackson headed a group with three partners in buying a majority
interest in the chestnut colt from lawyers William Gallion and
Shirley Cunningham Jr. Jackson later bought out his partners.
Gallion and Cunningham retain a 20 percent interest in the 2007
Horse of the Year.

Gallion and Cunningham are awaiting a second trial on charges
that they conspired to illegally take $65 million from clients in a
$200 million settlement over the diet drug fen-phen. The motion
containing the sale price was filed in a related civil lawsuit
against the men.

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