Brant Confirms Purchase Of Payson Park, Outlines Plan For Significant Upgrades

by | 05.25.2019 | 10:51am
Peter Brant at Belmont Park

Peter Brant has returned to horse racing in full force, with 2018 Eclipse Award winner Sistercharlie bearing his colors under the care of trainer Chad Brown. Now, according to published reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and, the owner confirmed months-long rumors that he has purchased one of Florida's Thoroughbred training centers, Payson Park, in Indianatown in Martin County.

“With a little capital investment, we could turn it into the leading training center in the country, and that's our goal,” said Brant. “I love the dirt course, and the turf course needs work. It needs a new rail, some help with the watering system, and it should be widened a bit. The turf track has great potential, but the great thing is that the original engineering was really done well. The drainage is really good, and it has stood the test of time.”

The 499-stall facility includes both dirt and turf courses, 76 turnout paddocks, 62 dorm rooms, a six-horse starting gate, galloping trails, and even a veterinary clinic. It was built in the 1950s and purchased by Virginia Kraft Payson in 1980. It had been on the market since 2012, and Brant confirmed that he would retain the Payson Park name in honor of its longest steward.


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