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David Blee And The Power Of The Mentor

(Editor’s note: David Cooper Blee died on Dec. 29 at the age of 66. Among other things, in his professional life he was vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear energy, and an advocate for the Thoroughbred industry through his involvement with the Kentucky Equine […]

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David Blee, Runnymede Farm Executive, Horse Industry Advocate, Dies At 66

David Cooper Blee, vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky. – founded in 1867 and the state’s oldest continuously run Thoroughbred farm – died on Sunday at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a brief illness at the age of 66. Family members said he suffered a severe reaction days earlier to an […]

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Lady Eli’s American Pharoah Half-Sister Wins On Debut

Runnymede Farm, Catesby Clay and Three Chimneys Farm’s Princesa Caroline, the 2-year-old half-sister to turf star Lady Eli, won her career debut on Saturday at Belmont Park. The daughter of American Pharoah, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, hit the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front to complete 1 1/16 miles over the […]

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Electric Book 1 Of Keeneland September Doubles Seven-Figure Horses Over First Four Days

Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale had a distinctly pre-recession feel to it during the 2018 renewal. Principals for Godolphin and Coolmore were in attendance and battling for what became a hefty ledger of seven-figure horses, throwing back to their epic battles in the early aughts, while a global variety of buyers filled […]

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Barn Buddies: Pepper Serves As Sports Psychologist To The Greats

Passersby at Barn 22 on Keeneland’s backstretch this week were in for an unusual sight during morning training. Stakes contenders Postulation and Leafy Shade could be spotted grazing under the racetrack’s shady trees, where they were joined by a fluffy roan miniature pony named Pepper. Pepper attracts attention wherever he goes, and owner Brianne Slater said he […]

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‘Something Of A Legend’: Miniature Pepper Arrives At Keeneland With Stakes Charges

Gregory S. Bentley’s Postulation, entered in Thursday’s Sycamore (G3), and Leafy Shade (IRE), who is to run in Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3), arrived at Keeneland with trainer Eddie Graham’s assistants, Brianne and James Slater, and a miniature horse named Pepper. “Pepper is becoming something of a legend,” Brianne Slater said. “He goes wherever […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Collected’s Roots Are Strong At Runnymede

On a recent wintertime walk alongside a paddock of mares, Brutus Clay gestured to a group of blue ash trees on his Runnymede Farm near Paris, Ky. The sturdy specimens, like many things on the property, are older than the state they reside in, having sprouted three or four centuries ago. As the latest in […]

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‘Horse Country’ and Tourism: Time To Work Together

While the birth of Horse Country Inc., a non-profit to promote equine tourism in Central Kentucky, captured the public’s attention last week, organizers say it has been a long time in the making. The idea began, as so many great ones do, partly out of boredom. Brutus Clay, CEO of Runnymede Farm, had broken his […]

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Juvenile Fillies Turf: Ortiz Takes Rail to First Breeders’ Cup Win

Chad Brown trainee Lady Eli was undefeated at the start of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and she exited the race a much more valuable brand of undefeated. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. kept the daughter of Divine Park out of traffic along the rail, sitting behind early pacesetter Sunset Glow and clung to the […]

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