Maritimer, expected to be crowned Canada's 2011 2-year-old champion, has been sold to controversial Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov for what is believed to be in the range of $1.7 million, the Toronto Star reports.
"I have mixed emotions about selling him," the Star quotes owner-breeder Howie Walton as saying. "But sometimes these offers are simply too big to turn down."
Louisville attorney Joel Turner, who represented Walton in the sale, said he could only confirm that the deal closed Friday.
The Star says Maritimer apparently is headed to Dubai for the $2 million UAE Derby and that Kadyrov may try to run him in the Kentucky Derby.