06/07/2009 11:00PM

Dixiana adds Domino site


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Breeder William Shively, who owns Dixiana Farm in Lexington, has purchased nearby Domino Stud to reunite two historic Bluegrass properties, Dixiana farm manager Terry Arnold said.

The $13 million Domino Stud transaction included 365 acres, a one-mile training track, barns and paddocks, and other buildings. It brings Shively's total holdings in the area to 1,050 acres, which will serve as headquarters for his breeding and racing operation.

The Gainesville, Fla., resident bought Dixiana in 2004 and added nearby Woodlynn Farm two years later. The Domino land originally was part of 132-year-old Dixiana and was named after one of Dixiana's most famous graduates, the sprinting champion and famed sire Domino, who died in 1897.

Dixiana and Domino have been under different ownership since 1947, when Dixiana owner Charles Fisher sold land to Royce Martin.

Shively wanted to restore the connection five years ago, but Domino Stud owner Kenneth Jones wasn't interested in selling. Jones died Oct.o30 at age 90, and in January his daughters approached Shively to see if he was still interested in the farm.

"Two things brought it about," Arnold said of the deal. "First, he felt that putting Dixiana back as almost whole, like Mr. Fisher had it, was something he wanted to do. Also, he had bought 38 new mares in November, and, come weaning time, we were going to have to have some more property anyway.

"With Dixiana, there were things about the farm that were real efficient by itself. But when you add Dixiana and Domino together, you can really see how they functioned.

"The big barn at Dixiana is a 26-stall barn, but it only has one field and four paddocks around it, so it was almost impossible to get the whole use out of the barn, because you didn't have enough grazing acres around it to put that many horses there. But there's a place right across the street at Domino where you can add a field to it."

Arnold said the first task has been to ready the Domino training barn for breaking yearlings this fall.

Shively has been upgrading his broodmare band, and his goal is to produce about 90 foals per year. Fifty to 60 foals will head for the auction ring annually, while the rest will campaign as Dixiana homebreds, Arnold said. The farm's broodmares include Princess Patricia, a stakes-winning half-sister to 2008 turf champion Forever Together; Grade 3 winner Sister Star; and Jeweled Lady, dam of stakes winner Saucey Evening.

Shively also boards about 25 mares in his native state of Pennsylvania at Pin Oak Lane Farm and Diamond B Farm. David Ingordo plans most of the Dixiana matings.

Shively will sell about six yearlings at Fasig-Tipton's July yearling sale and send about 38 to Keeneland September, Arnold said.

Urban Sea gets 2nd Epsom Derby win

Urban Sea died on March 2 after foaling an Invincible Spirit colt, but her influence on the breed continues to grow. On Saturday, her son Sea the Stars won the Epsom Derby, giving Urban Sea her second winner in the English classic.

He is the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to win both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. Owner Christopher Tsui has said he won't put Sea the Stars in the St. Leger for a Triple Crown attempt, but he's likely to enter the Cape Cross colt in the Irish Derby.

Another Urban Sea son, Sea the Stars's half-brother Galileo, completed the Epsom Derby-Irish Derby double in 2001, clinching English and Irish Broodmare of the Year titles for his dam.

Sea the Stars is the fourth Grade 1 or Group 1 winner out of Urban Sea. The Miswaki mare also produced 2007 Diana Stakes winner My Typhoon and Irish Group 1 winner Black Sam Bellamy as well as a pair of fillies who placed in the Epsom Oaks: Melikah, third at Epsom and second in the Irish Oaks in 2000, and 2004 Epsom Oaks second All Too Beautiful.

* Fasig-Tipton Kentucky has cataloged 494 horses for its July yearling sale in Lexington. The total is down from 568 horses last year. The auction will take place at Newtown Paddocks on July 20-21, starting at 10 a.m. daily.