Lazarus and Mark Purdon, winning their second New Zealand Cup in November. Photo: Race Images.
The deal to buy New Zealand’s richest ever racehorse, Lazarus, has been finalised.
The Informant understands his new owners are Taylor Made Stallions, a Kentucky-based thoroughbred breeding operation from America.
Lazarus will leave for North America later this month and is unlikely to race Down Under again.
The son of Bettor's Delight has been without peer in most of his 45 career starts, winning 35 of them, 15 at Group 1 level for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
He has earned $3,821,066 in his career and was last season's New Zealand Horse of the Year, a title he will retain this season as well as likely adding the Australian crown to his resume.
He has been a dominant winner of the last two New Zealand Cups and has taken out the Victoria Cup, Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion Grand Final in Australia.
Negotiations took nearly a month to finalise after his Australasian owners – Phil and Glenys Kennard, Trevor Casey and Kevin Riseley – met to consider two serious offers to buy their star entire last month.
Phil Kennard declined to comment when contacted and said an announcement would be made on the horse’s future tomorrow (Monday).
Lazarus underwent a thorough veterinary examination in the Waikato last month, which he passed with flying colours, and has since been undergoing a course of swimming in Matamata as a precursor to returning to Purdon and Rasmussen.
Purdon was not immediately available for comment.