Ashford Stud, part of John Magnier's Coolmore, purchased a 725-acre tract of land known as Waterford Farm in Midway, Kentucky. The deed transfers were filed on Feb. 19, according to bloodhorse.com and included six separate tracts sold for more than $10 million. Waterford belonged to the family of Dr. R. Smiser West, a successful breeder who died in 2006, and his widow, Kathryn West, who passed away last year.
“Waterford is a historic property and a long line of top horses have been raised there over the years. The West family along with Mack Miller were top breeders that we hold in the highest regard,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan. “We can only hope to be half as successful as they were with the property.”
Currently on the property are eight barns with a total of 138 stalls, a guest house, main office, five employee homes, as well as the main house and a formal garden. The West family had owned the land since the late 1800s.
Robert S. West Jr. will continue to operate Millford Farm, adjacent to Waterford, as a breeding and boarding operation. Milford also offers pre-export and import quarantine services to clients worldwide.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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