Virginia's Middleburg Training Center, which has been for sale on and off in recent years, could soon go back on the market. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation told Fauquier Times the group was given the facility by horseman Randy Rouse in December after it sat on the market for close to four years, but the aftercare organization has little use for the 150-acre complex in its current form.
Built by Paul Mellon in the 1950s as a private facility, the now-public training center includes a seven-furlong track and eleven 20-stall barns. Lenny Hale, CEO and president of the TRF, had originally hoped to redevelop the property to house retired racehorses, but board members expressed concern about whether spending the money to rework the center aligned with the group's mission.
Now, the TRF says it's open to leasing or selling the center to an entity which will keep it in operations as a horse facility. The Virginia Equine Alliance, which holds short parimutuel meets at two temporary sites in the commonwealth, has expressed interest in the property. The 80-odd horses currently on the property will continue to be allowed to stable and train at the center while the TRF plans its next move.
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