Calumet Farm lists 2013 stud fees

Calumet Farm entrance

Calumet Farm has listed stud fees for three new stallions scheduled to spend the 2013 breeding season at the Thoroughbred operation near Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The roster is headed by 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, who will stand for $20,000. Calumet purchased a 50% interest in Americain while Gerry and Val Ryan and Kevin and Colleen Bamford, who raced Americain, retained a 50% interest.

Aikenite, will stand for $7,500. Bred in Florida by Brylynn Farm out of the Saint Ballado mare Silverlado, he campaigned for Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell).

Then there is Lentenor, a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. His stud fee will be $7,500. Lentenor was bred by Roy and Gretchen Jackson and raced for their Lael Stables.

The 2013 stallion roster is part of renewed activity at the 799-acre property in Central Kentucky, purchased for nearly $36 million in May, 2012 by the Calumet Investment Group Trust, which in turn leased the farm to billionaire businessman Brad Kelley. Kelley also owns Hurricane Hall Farm near Lexington and campaigns runners under the banner of Bluegrass Hall Racing.

Calumet’s 2012 stallion season saw 2010 Kentucky Derby runner up Ice Box and Cactus Ridge stand in stud at Calumet. Ice Box was 2nd in the 2010 Kentucky Derby to Super Saver and Cactus Ridge was bred and raced by Country star Toby Keith. Both stallions have been re-located to Three Chimney’s Farm for the 2013 season – see blog at

Calumet’s historical breeding success was anchored by a part ownership in Blenheim II, a stallion imported from England, and its Foundation Sire, Bull Lea. Calumet Farm produced eight Kentucky Derby winners, more than any other operation in U.S. racing history. Calumet Farm is both the leading breeder and owner of Preakness Stakes winners with seven each. From the farm’s many great foals, two colts became U.S. Triple Crown winners and three females won the Triple Crown for fillies.
Under Warren Wright, Sr. and his wife Lucille Parker Wright who inherited the property in 1950,

Calumet was the number one money-earning farm in racing for twelve years. Among the farm’s great horses are Nellie Flag, Whirlaway, Armed, Citation, Two Lea, Mar-Kell, A Gleam, Twilight Tear, Mark-Ye-Well, A Glitter, Bewitch, Ponder, Coaltown, Hill Gail, Real Delight, Bardstown, Tim Tam, Forward Pass, Our Mims, Davona Dale, Alydar, and Before Dawn. In all, the farm produced eleven horses that have been inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.