06/05/2005 11:00PM

Jackson in Adena talks


The owner of Kendall-Jackson winery, Jess Jackson, who has increased his Thoroughbred bloodstock sharply in the last year, may be poised to purchase the 450-acre Adena Springs South farm property in Ocala, Fla.

Jackson has been in discussions with Adena Springs owner Frank Stronach for several months regarding the possible purchase of the property. Earlier this year, Jackson bought the former Buckram Oak Farm in Lexington, Ky., for a reported $17.4 million. He has renamed the property Stonestreet Farm.

Jackson could not be reached for comment Monday. Dan Hall, manager of Adena Springs, said the deal for the Florida farm was "not completely finalized" and that there had been no closing yet.

Jackson owns one-third of Stronach's homebred champion Ghostzapper and one-sixth of his sire Awesome Again, also a Stronach homebred.

Stronach currently is developing a new Florida facility on about 5,000 acres near Ocala that will serve as the Adena Springs southern division.