The farm in question is the former Wimborne Farm located at 1236 Winchester Road, Paris, Kentucky which directly adjoins Claiborne Farm and Rosecrest Farms on the Winchester Road, only 3-miles outside of Downtown Paris.
Most of us have heard about Claiborne Farms and our tour has visited Claiborne over many Derby weeks. Over the years, we have seen so many famous race horses there including Secretariat, Danzig, Round Table, Mr. Prospector, Devil’s Bag, Easy Goer, Forty Niner, Unbridled, Riva Ridge and the list goes on and on. When we visited there in 2006, retired trainer Carl Hanford was with us along with his brother jockey Ira ‘Babe’ Hanford who had won the 1936 Kentucky Derby (70 years before). Carl trained 5-time Horse of the Year Kelso and Kelso was foaled in the breeding shed at Claiborne Farm.
Kentucky Derby Tours is also familiar with Rosecrest Farm. In 2013, we visited there. Rosecrest Farm is a small working farm that is also a bed and breakfast farm. They were quite well known that year because they had raised 2013 Kentucky Derby contender Goldencents. While he did not win the Kentucky Derby, Goldencents won the 2013 Santa Anita Derby and also won the 2013 and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. It was great fun to see where a Derby contender was raised and enjoy the hospitality of a small working farm that hands out peppermints for you to feed their horses.
Now that you know the area, Wimborne Farm is approximately 189 acres with the land cleared which created the opportunity for any number of agricultural possibilities. Three horse barns are on the property (w/49 stalls) along with a breeding shed and three residences (all in need of work.) The really good soils (Bluegrass-Maury, Lowell-Bluegrass and Lowell-Faywood silt loams) have helped produce numerous winners over the years, and is definitely one of the reasons so many storied horse farms surround this property, including a little way up the road to Darley Farm, Stonerside Farm, Siena Farm and Stone Farms. The stallion Lord at War who won the 1985 Santa Anita Handicap and the La Troienne-line mare Lady Winborne, by Secretariat, are both buried here.
The Farm was purchased at auction from Diane Perkins in 2002 for $2,150/acre. This year’s price was approximately $7,924/acre which was $1.5 million.
Real Estate Company Kirkpatrick & Co. handled the transaction and President Zach Davis said “We were very happy with the transaction, which achieved the year’s highest per-acre sales price in Bourbon County of comparable farms.”
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