KENTUCKY FARMS

There are several Kentucky Stallion Facilities that share my personal industry outlook that it is vital to not only pursue new owners, but to be sure to provide encouragement for breeders who are already in the business. 

I feel that it is important that mare owners do their share to support stallions and their facilities that provide some protection for small breeders.  The optional foal share is something that is good for all parties and I want to thank the farms that are cooperating with my optional foal share program.

RAMSEY FARM has returned to the stallion business in Kentucky.  They are standing Eclipse Champion Kitten's Joy in 2006.  It is almost impossible to find any owners more involved in the thoroughbred business than Ken and Sarah Ramsey.  They do it all from breeding to race, buying young horses, claiming, making private purchases, betting pick sixes and every other kind of event, and paying attention to technology and the advcie of a staff of people from every corner of the game.  It is a thrill to be involved with Team Ramsey.

MARGAUX STUD. The home of perennial  leading sires Cryptoclearance and Devil His Due is also standing The Deputy, a horse producing uniformly attractive foals that are an outcross for American Pedigrees.  The Deputy is sure to keep the Margaux tradition of producing leading sires that are always prominent on the General Sire's List continuing well into the future.  Margaux is a great place to breed a mare that needs to start with a solid runner to commence her career as a producer.  When you think of Margaux, remember Volponi and his resounding victory in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic.

DARBY DAN.  I have a long history with Darby Dan Farm, the home of such sensational stallions as Ribot, His Majesty, Roberto, and Graustark.  Many of the Darby Dan stallions demonstrated soundness on the racetrack such as Aldebaran, Behrens, Perfect Soul who all made more than 20 starts, mostly in high quality demanding races.  The regally bred Capote stallion, Grade One stakes winner Matty G. is off to a good start at stud and he made 19 starts.  Vicar, Grade One winning son of the highly successful Wild Again, made 17 starts. I am proud to have optional foal shares available for many of the these stallions.

HOPEWELL STUD.  I have know Rick Trontz for more than two decades.  His stallion roster of excellent performers and is sure to have more success at stud.  Hopewell showed that stallions can have success at their farm with the immediate success of Souvenir Copy who moved to California after the death of John Mabee.  Hopewell has kept Skip Away high up on the sire's lists and other good stallion prospects such as Volponi, Najran, David Cooperfield and the already very promising Crafty Friend are sure continue on in the Hopewell tradition of providing quality, useful sires, at reasonable prices and with fair deals.

HIGHCLERE.  Jeff  Morris has enjoyed a good reputation for many years in the thoroughbred business and has recently entered the stallion business with the very promising and well received Malabar Gold.  For 2005 Highclere has added Ocean Terrace, a remarkably precocious son of Saint Ballado. 

LANE'S END FARM. Historically, Lane's End Farm has been a strong supporter of the small breeder and some excellent deals are still available on a few stallions at this classy stallion facility.  The focus of these transactions requires that the seasons are actual season sales.  Lane's End is one of those very few magic farms where when a stallion succeeds, he quickly escalates in price.  I recommend to my breeders that they pursue breeding to stallions that are yet to have runners.  When you catch a rising star the rewards are excellent and Lane's End is a place where star do rise and rise quickly.  Lil's Lad is my primary recommendation at Lane's End for the 2003 breeding season.