Padua Stables’ Kentucky farm sold to Brazil’s Borges Torrealba family for $9 million

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The Sanan family’s Padua Stables has sold its Kentucky farm on Old Frankfort Pike near Lexington, Satish Sanan told the Paulick Report. The Borges Torrealba family of Brazil, who recently invested in Robert and Blythe Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm, which managed the Padua property for the Sanan family, is the new owner.

“Robert called a while back to say (Torrealba) is interested, and he made a good offer,” said Sanan. “There have been financial pressures and we are backing out of the business a little bit. I have learned that owning farms is really unnecessary.”

The price was $9 mllion, which included the purchase of some farm equipment. Sanan bought the approximately 275 acres in 2008 for $4,230,399.50 and subsequently made extensive renovations. The price averages out to about $32,000 per acre for the $8.8 million land sale. All 275 acres are protected from development by conservation easements through the Purchase of Development Rights program.


The property, previously known as the historic Bluegrass Heights farm, was purchased in 2008 by Sanan and his wife, Anne, to house Padua Stables’ growing equine operations.  The farm adjoins Three Chimneys’ Old Bradley Place division.  Sanan added new broodmare, foaling, and yearling barns with approximately 34 stalls each.  He also renovated the main residence and office.

Sanan said he has been in the process of selling some of his bloodstock holdings. “We are selling the ones that don’t make sense,” he said, “and being selective with what we keep.”

Sanan also owns a showplace farm in Central Florida that has been on the market since he purchased the Kentucky property. “We bought this (Kentucky) farm because we thought we sold the Florida property,” he said.  He has tried unsuccessfully to sell that farm, including putting it up for auction.

Goncalo Torrealba operates Stud TNT in Brazil.  In addition to investing in Three Chimneys, the family has been very active in recent bloodstock purchases.

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  • Glimmerglass

    Interesting as Borges Torrealba vis-a-vis Stud TNT had acquired Calumet’s silks the day the property was auctioned back in 1992

  • James Staples

    One has to love “RACE HORSES”/”THE GAME” have real deep pockets & large NADS to make this kind of commitment…PERIOD…Hope like Hell they do well!!!…

  • The other John White

    Congrats to Satish. One of the few straight shooters in this business.

  • Concerned Observer

    “and another one bites the dust”

    “how long…… can this keep going on? …  how long … how long?”

    Reminds me of another  song.

    Help me Governor,  help help me Governor! 

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