Chilean Company Buys Vinery Kentucky

by | 10.15.2013 | 4:12pm

Vinery Ltd., the 440-acre Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm and stallion station owned by Tommy Simon and put on the real estate market in August 2012, has been sold. The buyer is Don Alberto Corp., a division of the Chilean-based Bethia Holdings, a diversified company that owns Haras Don Alberto, a major Thoroughbred operation established in 1987 in Los Angeles, Chile. The conglomerate, which also owns Club Hipico de Santiago racetrack, includes holdings in the airline, agriculture, wine, health care, communications, water and sanitation sectors. It is chaired by Mrs. Liliana Solari.

Haras Don Alberto has stood numerous North American stallions on Southern Hemisphere time, including Bluegrass Cat, Fusaichi Pegasus, Proud Citizen and Stevie Wonderboy.

According to the Fayette County clerk's office, Don Alberto paid $13.82 million for the property in a deal that closed on Friday. The asking price was $13.97 million.

Vinery was purchased by Simon in 1999 and was part of a three-pronged North American operation that included farms in Florida and New York. The 220-acre Florida training farm was previously purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbreds in December. Stallions from the Vinery Kentucky operation, including top sires More Than Ready and Congrats, moved to WinStar Farm prior to the 2013 breeding season.

Simon continues to co-own a division of Vinery in Australia.

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