01/06/2012 5:04PM

Adena Springs tops breeders for 9th straight year

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Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs ended 2011 as the year’s leading North American breeder by racetrack earnings, marking the ninth consecutive season that the large operation has topped the list.

According to figures compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Adena topped rankings for individual breeders as well as for breeding partnerships. As an individual entity, Adena bred the earners of $14,641,413, with 455 wins from 3,348 starts. Including horses it bred with partners, it bred horses that earned a total of $15,654,455 with 496 wins from 3,619 starts.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey ranked second on both the individual and partnership list. Individually, the Ramseys bred the winners of 249 races from 1,715 starts, for a combined $7,308,847.  Including partnership horses, they bred the winners of 249 races from 1,721 starts, for $7,313,759.

Filling out the top 10 individual breeders’ list are Brereton C. Jones with $5,681,003 and 233 wins from 1,598 starts; Eugene Melnyk, $5,325,977 and 224 wins from 1,253 starts; Ocala Stud, $4,112,890 and 96 wins from 455 starts; Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, $4,023,518 and 101 wins from 599 starts; Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm, $3,916,133 and 103 wins from 681 starts; Darley, $3,890,808 and 85 wins from 482 starts; WinStar Farm, $3,637,102 and 128 wins from 886 starts; and Gulf Coast Farms, $3,530,859 and 130 wins from 783 starts.

Rounding out the list of top 10 breeders, including partners, are Brereton Jones, $6,673,231 and 265 wins from 1,823 starts; Liberation Farm, $6,607,792 and 218 wins from 1,409 starts; Will Farish, $5,603,004 from 176 wins from 1,186 starts; Eugene Melnyk, $5,325,977 and 224 wins from 1,253 starts; Darley, $4,870,189 and 135 wins from 810 starts; Ocala Stud, $4,594,034 and 112 wins from 581 starts; Brandywine Farm, $4,495,096 and 133 wins from 943 starts; and WinStar Farm, $4,045,031 and 146 wins from 984 starts.