06/22/2009 12:00AM

Artie Schiller switching farms


Ben Walden Jr. and Patrick Madden, partners in the Lexington, Ky., farm Hurricane Hall, have purchased the operation's stallion management company and will relocate three of Hurricane Hall's four stallions.

Artie Schiller, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile; Bellamy Road, a Grade 1 winner; and Teuflesberg, a Grade 2 winner, will move to Walden's new Pauls Mill farm near Versailles, Ky., in mid-July. Plans for the fourth stallion, English Channel, have yet to be settled, according to an announcement Walden made Monday. English Channel is owned by Brad Kelley and James Scatuorchio.

Kelley, who originally went into partnership with Walden, Madden, and trainer David Hanley in purchasing Hurricane Hall in 2005, has bought out the partnership's interests in the Hurricane Hall property, covering about 400 acres.Walden called Kelley "an exceptional friend" and said "it was only natural that he take the next step and do his own thing in the horse business."

Walden acquired the Pauls Mill property, formerly Valhalla Farm, last August. The farm will offer its first yearlings this season at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale in New York, Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select yearling auction, and Keeneland's September yearling sale.