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Grimm with Virginia Kraft Payson
Owner, Breeder Dean Grimm Dies At 53

Owner and breeder R. Dean Grimm, Jr., died on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the age of 53. The son of Robert Dean Grimm and Virginia Kraft Payson, Grimm had been involved in the Thoroughbred industry both together with Payson Stud and as an owner/breeder on his own. Grimm was raised in Putnam County, N.Y., where […]

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St. Jovite
European Horse Of The Year St. Jovite Euthanized

St. Jovite, Europe’s Horse of the Year in 1992, was euthanized Jan. 9 due to the infirmities of old age at Michael Keogh’s Ballysax Manor Stud in Ireland. He was 27. St. Jovite was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Virginia Kraft Payson. He was sired by champion Pleasant Colony, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness […]

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb heads back to barn after a morning work at Payson Park in 2013
Payson Park: South Florida’s ‘Club Med’ For Horses

With spring in full swing, some of horse racing’s top runners are just beginning to flex their muscles in their first few starts or workouts of the year. Many of the sport’s top performers will be fresh off a respite at the training center that many have called “Club Med for horses.” The slogan of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., […]

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Virginia Kraft Payson at the 2014 Keeneland September sale
Women In Racing: Racing’s Adventuress

It can never be said that Virginia Kraft Payson is a passive observer of sports she loves. Race fans know her as the owner of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., as well as breeder of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Vindication and G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Farda Amiga; while her racing and breeding career is […]

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St. Jovite
Irish Derby Winner St. Jovite Still ‘Means the World’ To Owner-Breeder Payson

The Curragh will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its signature race, the Group 1 Irish Derby, on June 27. During the course of festivities, officials will hold a special tribute to St. Jovite, who captured the 1992 Irish Derby by 12 lengths in the record time of 2:25.60. No Irish Derby winner has come close […]

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Ruthenia wins Miss Liberty Stakes at MP
Ruthenia, Zucchini Flower Earn Stakes Wins at Monmouth Sunday

A packed house of 23,317 were on-hand at Monmouth Park on Sunday to witness Zucchini Flower capture the $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes and Ruthenia report home a winner in the $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes. Owned by Virginia Kraft Payson LLC, Ruthenia swung wide for the drive before storming to the lead in mid-stretch and posting […]

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Payson Park Training Center
Payson Park: ‘Racing boot camp for billionaires’ horses’

Virginia Kraft Payson and her late husband, Charles Shipman Payson purchased what came to be known as Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in the winter of 1979-1980. At the time the center was in need of serious work, as the buildings were dilapidated and the land was overgrown with weeds and wildlife. After several months […]

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Clement trainee narrowly avoids disaster during morning work at the Spa

Stakes-winner Ruthenia narrowly avoided a disaster while training Wednesday morning at Saratoga Race Course. The 4-year-old daughter of Pulpit was working inside fellow Christophe Clement trainee Right One when she ducked in suddenly and bounced off the temporary railing nearing the eighth pole. Fortunately, Ruthenia was able to quickly regain her footing and complete her […]

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Saratoga to celebrate ‘Fabulous Fillies Day’ Aug. 17

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at Fabulous Fillies Day on Friday, August 17 at Saratoga Race Course. All fans who wear pink will receive free grandstand and clubhouse admission. Saratoga Race Course […]

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‘Fabulous Fillies Day’: Saratoga to host luncheon honoring women in racing

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry with a special day appropriately titled “Fabulous Fillies Day” on Friday, August 17 at Saratoga Race Course. All fans who wear pink will receive free admission to Saratoga Race Course. The day will feature a number of special […]

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