Calumet Farm to be sold

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Just over 20 years after Polish-born aviation magnate Henryk De Kwiatkowski bought Calumet Farm from a bankruptcy auction, promising to “not change one blade of grass,” the famed Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred nursery that produced Triple Crown heroes Whirlaway and Citation is in the process of being sold to billionaire Brad Kelley of Franklin, Ky., the Paulick Report has learned from multiple sources with knowledge of the pending deal.

Details, including price, are not known at this time and efforts to reach Kelley were unsuccessful.

De Kwiatkowski paid $17 million at the March 26, 1992, auction, outbidding Lebanese businessman Isaam Fares, whose Fares Farm is adjacent to Calumet. Others, in recent years, have expressed interest in buying Calumet, but were unable to close a deal. Those with familiarity of Central Kenucky real estate values said the acreage, main residence, barns, and other buildings would be worth upwards of $35 million today. “But this is not just a farm,” said one Central Kentucky real estate broker. “This is Calumet.”

The farm has been held by a trust since the purchase by De Kwiatkowski, who died in 2003 after a relatively brief but successful run as a Thoroughbred owner and breeder. Among the horses he campaigned was 1982 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, along with the influential sire Danzig, among others. His daughter, Arianne, and her children lived on Calumet Farm until a couple of years ago. Arianne De Kwiatkowski now resides in California.

Kelley, described as extremely private by those who know him, is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 263rd wealthiest American with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. He is said to be among the 10 largest landowners in America with holdings of more than 1.25 million acres in Texas, Florida, and New Mexico, many of them dedicated to wildlife preservation. He is owner of 403-acre Hurricane Hall off Georgetown Road near Lexington, and 222-acre Bluegrass Hall, the farm formerly owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt across from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.

In December 2011, Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall added two additioal parcels of land not far from Calumet: a 68-acre agricultural plot at the corner of Parkers Mill Road and Man o’ War for $1,285,400; and 100 acres directly next to that parcel on Parkers Mill Road for $1,885,400. Other than the land on which the Man o’ War golf practice facility now sits, Kelley owns all of the property bordering Man o’ War between Parkers Mill and Versailles Road.

Kelley races in the name of Bluegrass Hall LLC. Among his current runners is  homebred Optimizer, who finished second in this year’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and is being pointed to the Kentucky Derby by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Other trainers he’s had horses with include Bob Hess Jr., Neil Howard, Jerry Quinn, Larry Sterling Jr., and, in Ireland, Dermot Weld.  Kelley owns more than 50 broodmares and has various stallion interests.

Kelley, born in 1957 and now living in a Nashville, Tenn., suburb, made his fortune in the tobacco industry, creating Commonwealth Brands in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1991. Ten years later he sold the company to Houchens Industries for $1 billion in cash. It was the fifth-largest cigarette maker in the country with annual sales approaching $800 million.

Calumet, which borders Versailles Road just to the east of Keeneland, was built as a standardbred farm by William Wright in 1924. Upon his death eight years later, his son, Warren Wright Sr., transformed Calumet into a Thoroughbred operation that enjoyed unparalleled success as breeder of nine Kentucky Derby winners, more than anyone else. Calumet owned eight of those Derby winners. Calumet’s first champion was the filly Nellie Flag in 1933 and its last one was Criminal Type, the 1990 Horse of the Year.

By the time Criminal Type was crowned champion, however, the farm had fallen deep into debt under the management of J.T. Lundy, who was married to a Wright family heir.

By 1991, Calumet declared bankruptcy, and all of the assets were sold at auction the following year. De Kwiatkowski flew in from his estate in the Bahamas the night before the sale and, after making the winning bid and pledging to keep it going as a horse farm, was given a hero’s welcome by the large crowd on hand for the auction, held in an enormous tent on the Calumet property.

Calumet has operated as a boarding farm and sales consignor since purchased by De Kwiatkowski. The farm currently stands two stallions, Cactus Ridge and Ice Box, but has stalls for up to eight more in two stallion barns. There is a five-eighths-mile dirt training track, with an infield turf course, three broodmare barns with 20 stalls each, and a main residence that was completely refurbished under the supervision of the New York design firm Parish Hadley. In addition to the main residence and adjacent garage apartment, there is a log cabin guest house, and several managerial residences on the property. One of the most famous segments of Calumet is its horse cemetery, where the remains of  many of its past champions, broodmares, and stallions now rest.

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  • Rickbarton

    best of luck to Mr. Kelley.

  • Rickbarton

    best of luck to Mr. Kelley.

  • http://www.facebook.com/englishspot2003 Heather Dunaway

    Any ideas if the farm will be open for tours finally?

    • sue

      The tour guides themselves are responsible for tours being canceled at Calumet.  They shot themselves in the foot with their “over-reach”.  I’ve been doing tours for over 20 years so this is not my first rodeo.  If the farm is as smart as I think they are, they will keep the farm closed to tour operators.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

        I’m sure you are more qualified to speak on the tour subject than I am, but the tours have provided the general public a wonderful experience that they otherwise would not be able to have.

        For a horse crazy teen to an elderly race fan to be able to actually stand by the stall of a famous race horse and see the place where champions were born and died is a very beautiful thing.

        Spendthrift had tours and they were conducted well as far as I could tell from an outsider’s viewpoint…they provided exciting experiences for many tourists who came to Lexington to see the Kentucky Horse Park and to hopefully visit an actual horse farm.

        • Don Reed

          Reluctantly, I’m with KB.  We’ve gone on one of the tours (2003).  The host driving the van was a real gent; the people at the farms were likewise hospitable.

          But given the lack of thoughtfulness that has become prevailent when you open your doors to strangers, the odds are good that the farm operators twice a week ended up having to rope a visitor who thought it was a swell idea to see if a horse would bite him, or hop a fence, etc.

          One in a hundred will try and steal something.  And what are the insurance premiums when you open your farm up to even the people who, well-beahaved and a pleasure to meet, end up breaking an ankle because they aren’t watching where they’re going?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

            Don,
            You are right about the liability. If I were fortunate enough and wealthy enough to own one of those beautiful pieces of property, I might hesitate to allow the outside world through the gates.
             
            I can only say that my enthusiasm was generated by the memory of standing outside Seattle Slew’s stall and watching him, fat and happy, and retired to stud.

             He was such a great champion and all of the people who visited him were in awe of the champion and the farm.

            It is a hard decision to make, but if handled properly it can work.

          • desertrailrat

            Does that mean I can’t ride Zenyatta?

          • Don Reed

            Not even if you show up on Halloween.

  • http://www.facebook.com/englishspot2003 Heather Dunaway

    Any ideas if the farm will be open for tours finally?

  • HappyHarriet

    Wow!  Good luck to all parties.  And as usual, the Paulick Report is first on the scene with important info.

  • HappyHarriet

    Wow!  Good luck to all parties.  And as usual, the Paulick Report is first on the scene with important info.

  • Gorneye

    Best of luck to the new owner!  Please, don’t allow beautiful Calumet to go by the wayside!  It is a shining jewel in the Bluegrass and deserves to remain as an operational thoroughbred nursery!

  • Gorneye

    Best of luck to the new owner!  Please, don’t allow beautiful Calumet to go by the wayside!  It is a shining jewel in the Bluegrass and deserves to remain as an operational thoroughbred nursery!

  • sue

    The tour guides themselves are responsible for tours being canceled at Calumet.  They shot themselves in the foot with their “over-reach”.  I’ve been doing tours for over 20 years so this is not my first rodeo.  If the farm is as smart as I think they are, they will keep the farm closed to tour operators.  

  • JC

    “One of the most famous segments of Calumet is its horse cemetery, where
    the remains of  many of its past champions, broodmares, and stallions
    now rest”.

    Chief among them Alydar, may he rest in peace.  No one deserves it more than him, and everyone here knows why. 

    • vivi

      Amen.  And may the ones responsible dance with the devil through eternity.

      • Whitehouse landlord

         Amen

      • JC

         Amen to that and most of what Kathryn Baker says.  I can’t watch tapes of Alydar racing or grazing without bawling my eyes out.  If hell someday burns real hot for some, they’ve got only themselves to blame.  And I also hope the mirror and sleeping at night are REALLY tough.  They should be. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

      God rest Alydar’s dear soul, misused by man and unappreciated I think.

       His was a tragic story and regardless of the fact that we weren’t there that night, it is more than likely true. I don’t care who thinks differently…if the farm had been managed properly, things might have been different.

       Just shows to watch who you marry and be careful of whom you put in charge of icons such as Calumet and Alydar.

      I’m happy to hear that Calumet is in the hands of an American buyer, hope it will be given the respect it deserves.

      • Lexington resident

        Ridiculous.  What does it matter that Mr. Kelley is American. Mr. De Kwiatkowski bought the farm from bankruptcy and loved/honored the history of Calumet.  Unfortunately he died before he was able to accomplish what he wanted.  The farm has been held in trust and they have been doing what is right for the farm ever since.  It was the Sr. De Kwiatkowski passion not his heirs.  The farm across the street has barns falling down and the property at the corner of Parkers Mill and Man O’War doesn’t look much better.  In my opinion, Mr. Kelley, for his sake and reputation, should take note from the De Kwiatkowski’s.  I personally have spent some time at Calumet and they beautifully restored the home and the grounds to reflect its history and legacy.  The De Kwiatkowski’s had nothing to do with Alydar or anything to do with its ruination so everyone on here needs to get their facts right before they go an insinuate any different.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

          Lexington resident,
          Did I ever anywhere blame De Kwiatkowsi for what happened to Alydar? You must have been reading too fast.

          Alydar was one of my most favorite horses, I watched him racing side by side with Affirmed and loved both of them for their beauty and ability.

          I never, ever implied that owners who bought the farm AFTER Alydar’s death and AFTER the bankruptcy were involved at all.

          Get your facts straight before you jump on others comments.

          • Kentucky resident

            ‘atta girl!

      • Glimmerglass

         “I’m happy to hear that Calumet is in the hands of an American buyer”

        What in the world does that mean or suggest? Castleton Lyons just outside of Lexington is magnificent and the owners Irish. Greentree Stables in Saratoga is owned by Sheik Mo and is in far better condition then it did when last American owned. Let’s cut out the jingoistic foolishness.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

          Glimmerglass,
          no jingoistic foolishness here. I have my opinion and I stated it.
          I am happy to see any historic place preserved and kept well.

          I also am happy to see people from many different countries interested in and supporting racing.

          You’re speaking to a Scotch-Irish girl (old lady), born here, but with connections there so, I’m not really all that prejudiced against owners from other countries.

           I do like to also see a lot of U.S.A. soil owned by Americans, think what you will.

          • Don Reed

            I feel soiled, after reading some (but not all) of these comments.

        • Bobwhite32012

           “Wild Ride”.  Read it.

  • JC

    “One of the most famous segments of Calumet is its horse cemetery, where
    the remains of  many of its past champions, broodmares, and stallions
    now rest”.

    Chief among them Alydar, may he rest in peace.  No one deserves it more than him, and everyone here knows why. 

  • Barry Irwin

    Good luck to Mr. Kelly. Sounds like the right kind of guy to take care of the legacy.

  • Dadscountrygirl

    I have all hopes that Calumet will once again be a horse person’s  paradise. Interesting that Mr. Kelley owns large amounts of property in states not considered environmentally friendly, necessarily, but that you report him to be so, Ray. Let’s hope. I’m all for the good ones! Look forward to learning more about him.

    • desertrailrat

      Yes Santa Fe is very environmentally hostile.  You can’t swing a cat without knocking a Green party bumper sticker off someone’s Subaru or Prius.   

      • desertrailrat

        In no way do I condone the swinging of cats.  And I’m very happy to see such a legendary property go to someone with the resources to preserve it.

  • Barry Irwin

    Good luck to Mr. Kelly. Sounds like the right kind of guy to take care of the legacy.

  • Dadscountrygirl

    I have all hopes that Calumet will once again be a horse person’s  paradise. Interesting that Mr. Kelley owns large amounts of property in states not considered environmentally friendly, necessarily, but that you report him to be so, Ray. Let’s hope. I’m all for the good ones! Look forward to learning more about him.

  • Anne

    More great memories ahead for the Kelley’s. Is Mr. Kelley a fan of Toby Keith, as well as, Calumet? Such a lovely, as well as, historical piece of property. It looks well kept now and it is nice to know the farm will continue in the same direction. It would be nice if people could visit just to see that amazing cemetary.

  • Anne

    More great memories ahead for the Kelley’s. Is Mr. Kelley a fan of Toby Keith, as well as, Calumet? Such a lovely, as well as, historical piece of property. It looks well kept now and it is nice to know the farm will continue in the same direction. It would be nice if people could visit just to see that amazing cemetary.

  • vivi

    Amen.  And may the ones responsible dance with the devil through eternity.

  • swaps55

    Nice fully reported story.  Good luck to the new owners…may a Kentucky Derby winner come from Calument once again.   No more wild rides. 

  • swaps55

    Nice fully reported story.  Good luck to the new owners…may a Kentucky Derby winner come from Calument once again.   No more wild rides. 

  • Whitehouse landlord

     Amen

  • desertrailrat

    Yes Santa Fe is very environmentally hostile.  You can’t swing a cat without knocking a Green party bumper sticker off someone’s Subaru or Prius.   

  • desertrailrat

    I was shocked when I saw the owner was American!  Right on!

    • swaps55

      Not as shocked as I was to learn the new owner of the Houston Hornets NBA team is 83 years old…and looking ahead to building the team and franchise.

      • LongTimeEconomist

        I. J Collins was still  buying yearlings when he was 100 and Fred Hooper was breeding horses after 100!

        • terrang

          Thanks for the reminder. I recall reading that, perhaps it was Louis Wolfson, ran into a 70 or 80 something guy at Saratoga who had just bought a filly.  The buyer said he was not only looking forward to racing her but using her as a broodmare. 

  • desertrailrat

    I was shocked when I saw the owner was American!  Right on!

  • desertrailrat

    In no way do I condone the swinging of cats.  And I’m very happy to see such a legendary property go to someone with the resources to preserve it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

    God rest Alydar’s dear soul, misused by man and unappreciated I think.

     His was a tragic story and regardless of the fact that we weren’t there that night, it is more than likely true. I don’t care who thinks differently…if the farm had been managed properly, things might have been different.

     Just shows to watch who you marry and be careful of whom you put in charge of icons such as Calumet and Alydar.

    I’m happy to hear that Calumet is in the hands of an American buyer, hope it will be given the respect it deserves.

  • Kim Howell

    Hey, don’t swing that cat near my Prius!! I’m so happy to see Calumet purchased by someone who so obviously loves the industry. May the bluest grass in Kentucky feed many champions once again, and RIP Alydar…”You’ll never know how great your daddy was, or how they murdered him…”

  • Kim Howell

    Hey, don’t swing that cat near my Prius!! I’m so happy to see Calumet purchased by someone who so obviously loves the industry. May the bluest grass in Kentucky feed many champions once again, and RIP Alydar…”You’ll never know how great your daddy was, or how they murdered him…”

  • Jimculpepper

    It is always encouraging to see a big move by anyone with a sense of stewardship when the lack of it is destroying the Bluegrass  and the Nashville Basin.

  • Jimculpepper

    It is always encouraging to see a big move by anyone with a sense of stewardship when the lack of it is destroying the Bluegrass  and the Nashville Basin.

  • Ryan Driscoll

    Mr. Kelley is the perfect owner for Calumet. He will preserve the history and protect the land of this national landmark. Congrats to the Kelley family.

  • Ryan Driscoll

    Mr. Kelley is the perfect owner for Calumet. He will preserve the history and protect the land of this national landmark. Congrats to the Kelley family.

  • Cher Villalobos

    Congratulations to Mr. Kelley.  May he prosper in this endeavor and enjoy being the owner of such a landmark.  All the best to you!

  • Cher Villalobos

    Congratulations to Mr. Kelley.  May he prosper in this endeavor and enjoy being the owner of such a landmark.  All the best to you!

  • Bellwether

    “THE HARDWARE” from that farm @ the Ky. Horse Park is UNREEL!!!…they owned the Ky. Derby @ one time…BIG CY was “THE KING”!!!…

  • Bellwether

    “THE HARDWARE” from that farm @ the Ky. Horse Park is UNREEL!!!…they owned the Ky. Derby @ one time…BIG CY was “THE KING”!!!…

  • Really?

    Look across the road to see how great this buyer is… the fences are falling down, mowing is seldom, no horses to be seen.  We can only hope he does better with Calumet.

  • Really?

    Look across the road to see how great this buyer is… the fences are falling down, mowing is seldom, no horses to be seen.  We can only hope he does better with Calumet.

  • Sarah T.

    That would be nice to see the farm and just say I’ve been to a place where such amazing horses once lived.  Maybe there will be tours eventually. I’ve been a racing fan most of my life and that farm is one of the few I haven’t been able to visit, but considering its place in racing history, it is also one of the most important.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

      Yes, I too pray that someday Calumet will offer farm tours like other farms do. When I visited Calumet in 2009, it was from outside the fence, looking in. I grew up near Hialeah Race Track & I always admired the Statue of Citation. My dear friend, Jim Gaffney (Secretariat’s exercise rider) adored Citation, as many of us “old timers” do.  LONG LIVE CALUMET FARM !! 

  • Sarah T.

    That would be nice to see the farm and just say I’ve been to a place where such amazing horses once lived.  Maybe there will be tours eventually. I’ve been a racing fan most of my life and that farm is one of the few I haven’t been able to visit, but considering its place in racing history, it is also one of the most important.

  • cinchouse

    One of the most telling facts about the new owner is that among his million plus acres of land holdings, “many of them are dedicated to wildlife preservation.”  I believe this speaks volumes about him and bodes well for all of the property he owns in this area.  May Calumet stand in glory for many, many years to come.

  • cinchouse

    One of the most telling facts about the new owner is that among his million plus acres of land holdings, “many of them are dedicated to wildlife preservation.”  I believe this speaks volumes about him and bodes well for all of the property he owns in this area.  May Calumet stand in glory for many, many years to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    I pray Mr. Brad Kelley will continue the Thoroughbred Legacy that Calumet once was and still can be. I visited the farm in 2009 & reminisced about all the horses that were foaled and trained at this majestic and historic farm. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    I pray Mr. Brad Kelley will continue the Thoroughbred Legacy that Calumet once was and still can be. I visited the farm in 2009 & reminisced about all the horses that were foaled and trained at this majestic and historic farm. 

  • Lexington resident

    Ridiculous.  What does it matter that Mr. Kelley is American. Mr. De Kwiatkowski bought the farm from bankruptcy and loved/honored the history of Calumet.  Unfortunately he died before he was able to accomplish what he wanted.  The farm has been held in trust and they have been doing what is right for the farm ever since.  It was the Sr. De Kwiatkowski passion not his heirs.  The farm across the street has barns falling down and the property at the corner of Parkers Mill and Man O’War doesn’t look much better.  In my opinion, Mr. Kelley, for his sake and reputation, should take note from the De Kwiatkowski’s.  I personally have spent some time at Calumet and they beautifully restored the home and the grounds to reflect its history and legacy.  The De Kwiatkowski’s had nothing to do with Alydar or anything to do with its ruination so everyone on here needs to get their facts right before they go an insinuate any different.

  • Don Reed

    Good luck, Mr. Kelley.  Hope it works out for you!

  • Don Reed

    Good luck, Mr. Kelley.  Hope it works out for you!

  • swaps55

    Not as shocked as I was to learn the new owner of the Houston Hornets NBA team is 83 years old…and looking ahead to building the team and franchise.

  • Glimmerglass

     “I’m happy to hear that Calumet is in the hands of an American buyer”

    What in the world does that mean or suggest? Castleton Lyons just outside of Lexington is magnificent and the owners Irish. Greentree Stables in Saratoga is owned by Sheik Mo and is in far better condition then it did when last American owned. Let’s cut out the jingoistic foolishness.

  • pen12

    I just saw a report on Kentucky.com saying the sale was a rumor.  Here is the link.

    http://www.kentucky.com/2012/0

  • RayPaulick

     DeKwiatkowski trustee Bud Greely did not call it a rumor, only said farm “has not been sold.” Note that Paulick Report story said “is in the process of being sold.” Greely’s other statement was: “I really cannot comment
    any further.”Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/0

  • Gfpowell

    When can I move in?

  • Gfpowell

    When can I move in?

  • Bookie Buster

     One of the most telling facts about the new owner is HIS TRAINER !! LOL no chance…

    • Joe

       You mean the same TRAINER J.T. Lundy had?

      • LongTimeEconomist

        How about Bill Young and Eugene Klein???

  • Bookiebuster1

     One of the most telling facts about the new owner is HIS TRAINER !! LOL no chance…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

    Glimmerglass,
    no jingoistic foolishness here. I have my opinion and I stated it.
    I am happy to see any historic place preserved and kept well.

    I also am happy to see people from many different countries interested in and supporting racing.

    You’re speaking to a Scotch-Irish girl (old lady), born here, but with connections there so, I’m not really all that prejudiced against owners from other countries.

     I do like to also see a lot of U.S.A. soil owned by Americans, think what you will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

    Lexington resident,
    Did I ever anywhere blame De Kwiatkowsi for what happened to Alydar? You must have been reading too fast.

    Alydar was one of my most favorite horses, I watched him racing side by side with Affirmed and loved both of them for their beauty and ability.

    I never, ever implied that owners who bought the farm AFTER Alydar’s death and AFTER the bankruptcy were involved at all.

    Get your facts straight before you jump on others comments.

  • Bobwhite32012

     “Wild Ride”.  Read it.

  • Kentucky resident

    ‘atta girl!

  • Eugene levey

    IT BRINGS BACK WARM MEMORIES FOR ME WHEN “HENRYK” & HIS DAUGHTER WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME AS THEIR BOX WAS NEXT TO GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX AT SARATOGA…HE WAS A REAL GENTLEMAN..AFTER HE PASSED HIS DAUGHTER ALWAYS
    KEPT ME ENTERTAINED AS I WAS ALWAYS ALONE IN GEORGE’S BOX.
    TWO GREAT MEN ARE SAD’LY GONE…”OH FOR THE YESTERYEAR” AS I ALWAYS SAY..

    I NEVER THOUGHT OF HAVING “SATISH” BUY CALUMET..

  • Eugene levey

    IT BRINGS BACK WARM MEMORIES FOR ME WHEN “HENRYK” & HIS DAUGHTER WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME AS THEIR BOX WAS NEXT TO GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX AT SARATOGA…HE WAS A REAL GENTLEMAN..AFTER HE PASSED HIS DAUGHTER ALWAYS
    KEPT ME ENTERTAINED AS I WAS ALWAYS ALONE IN GEORGE’S BOX.
    TWO GREAT MEN ARE SAD’LY GONE…”OH FOR THE YESTERYEAR” AS I ALWAYS SAY..

    I NEVER THOUGHT OF HAVING “SATISH” BUY CALUMET..

  • JC

     Amen to that and most of what Kathryn Baker says.  I can’t watch tapes of Alydar racing or grazing without bawling my eyes out.  If hell someday burns real hot for some, they’ve got only themselves to blame.  And I also hope the mirror and sleeping at night are REALLY tough.  They should be. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

    I’m sure you are more qualified to speak on the tour subject than I am, but the tours have provided the general public a wonderful experience that they otherwise would not be able to have.

    For a horse crazy teen to an elderly race fan to be able to actually stand by the stall of a famous race horse and see the place where champions were born and died is a very beautiful thing.

    Spendthrift had tours and they were conducted well as far as I could tell from an outsider’s viewpoint…they provided exciting experiences for many tourists who came to Lexington to see the Kentucky Horse Park and to hopefully visit an actual horse farm.

  • IrishMick

    My sources inform me that the Paulick Report is to be sold to Indian Charlie.

    • RayPaulick

       No Comment.

      • Don Reed

        “Do I hear eighty-five dollars? Ninety-five? Yes, $100.00!  Sold to that beaming gentleman with the IC baseball cap sitting in the 3rd row!” 

    • Joe

      Funny!

    • portia

      nay humour in usa, fenian, you shoulda kent that. Scots wa’ hae.

    • Watcher

      Things are looking up at PR.

  • IrishMick

    My sources inform me that the Paulick Report is to be sold to Indian Charlie.

  • RayPaulick

     No Comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    Yes, I too pray that someday Calumet will offer farm tours like other farms do. When I visited Calumet in 2009, it was from outside the fence, looking in. I grew up near Hialeah Race Track & I always admired the Statue of Citation. My dear friend, Jim Gaffney (Secretariat’s exercise rider) adored Citation, as many of us “old timers” do.  LONG LIVE CALUMET FARM !! 

  • Joe

     You mean the same TRAINER J.T. Lundy had?

  • Joe

    Funny!

  • Don Reed

    “Do I hear eighty-five dollars? Ninety-five? Yes, $100.00!  Sold to that beaming gentleman with the IC baseball cap sitting in the 3rd row!” 

  • Don Reed

    I feel soiled, after reading some (but not all) of these comments.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P6SMDBQ5BXMXKGZN65DK2EXZ6U White

    Any word on what Kelley plans to do with Calumet?

    • Don Reed

      Indian Charlie Racing Museum (R. Paulick, custodian).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P6SMDBQ5BXMXKGZN65DK2EXZ6U White

    Any word on what Kelley plans to do with Calumet?

  • Don Reed

    Indian Charlie Racing Museum (R. Paulick, custodian).

  • Don Reed

    Reluctantly, I’m with KB.  We’ve gone on one of the tours (2003).  The host driving the van was a real gent; the people at the farms were likewise hospitable.

    But given the lack of thoughtfulness that has become prevailent when you open your doors to strangers, the odds are good that the farm operators twice a week ended up having to rope a visitor who thought it was a swell idea to see if a horse would bite him, or hop a fence, etc.

    One in a hundred will try and steal something.  And what are the insurance premiums when you open your farm up to even the people who, well-beahaved and a pleasure to meet, end up breaking an ankle because they aren’t watching where they’re going?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Baker/100000670932928 Kathryn Baker

    Don,
    You are right about the liability. If I were fortunate enough and wealthy enough to own one of those beautiful pieces of property, I might hesitate to allow the outside world through the gates.
     
    I can only say that my enthusiasm was generated by the memory of standing outside Seattle Slew’s stall and watching him, fat and happy, and retired to stud.

     He was such a great champion and all of the people who visited him were in awe of the champion and the farm.

    It is a hard decision to make, but if handled properly it can work.

  • desertrailrat

    Does that mean I can’t ride Zenyatta?

  • Don Reed

    Not even if you show up on Halloween.

  • portia

    nay humour in usa, fenian, you shoulda kent that. Scots wa’ hae.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    How about Bill Young and Eugene Klein???

  • LongTimeEconomist

    I. J Collins was still  buying yearlings when he was 100 and Fred Hooper was breeding horses after 100!

  • Watcher

    Things are looking up at PR.

  • terrang

    Thanks for the reminder. I recall reading that, perhaps it was Louis Wolfson, ran into a 70 or 80 something guy at Saratoga who had just bought a filly.  The buyer said he was not only looking forward to racing her but using her as a broodmare. 

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