Oakhurst Farm in Oregon is a breeding and racing operation as well as a veterinary clinic, owned by Dr. Jack Root. According to Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the standouts on the property are a pair of stallions best known for wearing the roses on the first Saturday in May, Grindstone and Giacomo.
“I still get goosebumps every time I think about it,” Root told writer Emily Shields. “I never could have imagined it, our farm with two Derby winners.”
Grindstone won the 1996 Kentucky Derby, and came to Oakhurst in 2010. The stallion's local career has been immensely successful; Root said that Grindstone offspring have won the last two runnings of the Portland Mile as well as at least one race on 32 of the 37 race days at the most recent Portland Meadows meeting.
Giacomo was the 50-1 upset in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, and his arrival at Oakhurst started with the 2016 season. This is the last of a three-year lease with owners Jerry and Ann Moss and Adena Springs, but Root hopes to extend the deal as the stallion's first Oregon-bred foals hit the track in 2019.
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