05/09/2016 12:56PM

Grade 1 double for Hinkle Farms


The small-scale but quality operation Hinkle Farms pulled off a Grade 1 double Saturday at Churchill Downs, with Nyquist taking the Kentucky Derby and Divisidero winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. The dams of both horses reside in the farm’s broodmare band of about 30.

Tom Hinkle purchased the winning Forestry mare Seeking Gabrielle for a relatively inexpensive $130,000 out of the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The mare had delivered her first foal, a colt by freshman sire Uncle Mo, earlier that year in the name of breeder Summerhill Farm and was in foal to Blame. The Uncle Mo colt was, of course, Nyquist. The association has paid dividends for the Hinkles. Last September, with Nyquist’s stock rising rapidly, the Blame filly sold for $330,000 to Bridlewood Farm.

Seeking Gabrielle delivered a Flatter colt in March and was booked to the popular commercial stallion War Front for 2016.

Hinkle purchased the Lemon Drop Kid mare Madame Du Lac, in foal to Kitten’s Joy, for $150,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The following spring, she delivered Divisidero, who sold for $250,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September sale.

The Hinkle family, which has been raising Thoroughbreds for more than half a century, maintains a boutique operation on just over 1,000 acres in Paris, Ky. The farm is co-owned by brothers Tom and Henry Hinkle, who were raised on the farm after their father began buying horses in the 1960s, and Tom’s daughter Anne.

The Hinkles also own Crosswinds, the dam of Grade 1 winner Weep No More, who finished seventh in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks.

Success for new farm

Clearsky Farm, a relatively new Kentucky breeding and sales operation, enjoyed a solid Derby week at Churchill Downs, with Silvertoni winning the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes and Mohaymen finishing a hard-charging fourth in the Kentucky Derby.

Clearsky was established by Eamon Cleary, who had campaigned horses in several different countries, in 2009 and now has a number of farm holdings in Kentucky. The first horse to win under the Clearsky banner was Somasuch, a Johannesburg filly who notched a victory in 2012 at Tampa Bay Downs. Somasuch, whose Grade 1-winning dam is a half sister to champion Easy Goer, is the dam of Silvertoni, a Tapit filly whom Clearsky sold for $230,000 to Silverton Hill at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Mohaymen, also by Tapit, was the most expensive horse in this year’s Derby field, as Clearsky sold him for $2.2 million to Shadwell to co-top the 2014 Keeneland September sale.