Prolific California owner-breeder Warren to end breeding operation

by | 12.31.2011 | 8:02am

Ben Warren, one of California's most prolific owner-breeders, said on Thursday he will end his breeding operation and begin winding down his racing operation, according to the Daily Racing Form. He said he will continue to race the approximately 150 horses of racing age and two-year-olds he owns.

Warren, 78, is well-known for the volume of Thoroughbreds his breeding operation produced – and for naming horses after himself. His Warren's Jitterbug won the 2010 Solana Beach Stakes, Warren's Flyer was third in the Melair Stakes at Hollywood Park in April, Warren's Blossom was second in the Desert Stormer in June, and Warren's Amber was third in the filly division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita last week.

“We've got enough at home for five years,” he said of his future racehorses.

  • terrang

    Warren is a sportsman.  Hope he has some more success with his stable as he winds down. I recall an interview in I think the Blood Horse years ago and a prominent owner observed that a 90 year old friend of his was enthusiastic about his recent Saratoga purchase….for racing and as a breeding prospect later on.  that’s the enthusiasm that keeps a sporstman going.  and going..

  • Merasmag

    WHOA! this is huge news…pval saw dis cumming…

  • Merasmag

    hmmm…he cannot recall where the horselets(TM) he gaveaway went2???


  • Joe

    “Warren is a sportsman”?
    From Wikipedia: Sportsmanship – Relationship to morality
    “Sportsmanship typically is regarded as a component of morality in sport, composed of three related and perhaps overlapping concepts: fair play, sportsmanship and character.”

    Someone who allegedly kept his numerous stallions in tiny pens, mass-bred to see what’s stuck, sticks and will stick in the next few years, who has been purging the excess horses he chose to acquire and breed by dumping them in mass, putting them at risk of being slaughtered including pregnant mares and stallions, a guy who feels the urge to brand his last name onto his horses yet doesn’t give a damn about their fate does not deserve to be called a sportsman.

  • terrang

    Thanks for the update. I assumed someone spending so much – eight million a year in his own words – was providing adequate care by apparently over paying….

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