Nat Rea's Regis Farms, LP announced today that it will offer a complete dispersal of its Thoroughbred bloodstock holdings at Keeneland's 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale, to be held Nov. 2-14. Three Chimneys Farm has been selected to represent Regis Farms as consignor of the dispersal, which is comprised of 41 horses, including 15 broodmares, 6 weanlings and 20 horses of racing age, all to be offered without reserve.
After retiring from Martinrea International, an auto parts company which Mr. Rea founded and grew into a multi-billion dollar manufacturing business, he set out in 2012 to build a world-class breeding farm and racing operation. Notwithstanding the short amount of time in the business, Mr. Rea's program has rapidly reaped significant rewards.
Highlighting the dispersal are 2015 Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Shook Up (Tapit -Sugar Shake); Canadian Horse of the Year, multiple champion and Canadian Filly Triple Crown winner Sealy Hill, in foal to Medaglia d'Oro; as well as Bijou, a half-sister to two Grade 1 stakes-winning juvenile fillies in Certify and Cry and Catch Me. Also featured in the dispersal are graded stakes winner Seduire, winner of the 2015 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2); Tapas, in foal to Distorted Humor; Zindaya, graded placed and stakes winner of the 2015 Intercontinental Stakes and earner of $284,240, and the impressive stakes winner and graded stakes-placed colt Donworth.
Nat Rea explained, “I have shifted all my business focus to oil. I see great opportunity in that business today. I'm passionate about both industries, and love the horses but I can't devote my time to both, so I had to make a choice.”
“My relationship with Gonçalo Torrealba is why I chose Three Chimneys as my agent for this dispersal – I'm impressed with what he and his team are doing at Three Chimneys Farm,” Rea added. “I told him I had decided to sell all of my equine interests and my farm, and within a week Three Chimneys structured a deal that was a win/win on every level. I am not certain who else would have been able to so fluidly construct such a seamless deal. As part of the agreement, all of the great staff at Regis Farms will remain fully employed going forward, which was extremely important to me. I will miss the business and sincerely wish buyers the best of luck with their purchases from our consignment.”
“We are honored to act as agent for the Regis Farms dispersal,” said Case Clay, Chief Commercial Officer of Three Chimneys. “Mr. Rea has accumulated an outstanding group of horses with high-quality pedigrees and physicals to match, and they fall into various categories and price points, so there will be something for everyone. Three Chimneys will catalog over 90 horses in November including this outstanding group, so we will be busy preparing for November.”
“Keeneland is very appreciative that Nat Rea has selected the November Breeding Stock Sale as the venue for his dispersal,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Mr. Rea could not have chosen a better time to offer his bloodstock at Keeneland as our hosting of the Breeders' Cup just prior to the auction will only enhance what we anticipate to be a strong and broad market.”
Plans for the farm are likely to be disclosed in the coming weeks.
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