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Oaklawn Park: Brad Kelley to race, breed as Calumet Farm, rather than Bluegrass Hall
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Owner-breeder Brad Kelley will now race as Calumet Farm, rather than Bluegrass Hall, in a change that goes into effect on Thursday when his Wine Glow starts in the seventh race at Oaklawn Park. Kelley leases and operates Calumet Farm, the historic Lexington, Ky., nursery that bred and raced Triple Crown winners Citation and Whirlaway.
“Every horse that was Bluegrass Hall now [races as] Calumet Farm,” said D. Wayne Lukas, the primary trainer for Kelley.
The list includes Oxbow, a leading Kentucky Derby candidate set to run later this month in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. The name change also extends to Kelley’s breeding operation, as the horses produced will show the breeder as Calumet Farm.
Kelley will continue to race in the black and gold colors of Bluegrass Hall. Calumet’s red and blue silks were purchased at auction in 1992 for $12,000 by a Brazilian businessman. They are carried by TNT Stud’s runners in South America.
Calumet Farm, a 798-acre facility, was privately purchased for $35.9 million in May 2012 by the Calumet Investment Group. The farm was then leased to Kelley. Prior to the sale, the farm was owned by the Kennelot Stables of the De Kwiatkowski Trust.
Calumet is the leading breeder of Kentucky Derby winners with nine, the latest being Strike the Gold in 1991. Citation won the Triple Crown in 1948, and Whirlaway, in 1941.
Lukas is a four-time winner of the Kentucky Derby. He trained the last champion for Calumet Farm, 1990 Horse of the Year Criminal Type.
As long as that beautiful property remains intact, we can endure all else.
Was the name Arm & Hammer already taken?
I thought that while TNT Stud - which recently purchased the Padua Stables in Lexington KY - has raced the former Calumet devil red and blue silks they cannot in New York. Instead Wright heirs had the famed colors registered in New York and were not part of the bankruptcy sale.
Some people have it all, and are lucky too. B.K. would be one of those. ENJOY.
Best of luck to him, but really I think with no family connection to the original. calumet owners, I really don't think he should race in the name just because he has leased the property. calumet, with its historical significance is a name that should be retired .
Why not fashion new silks for the new Calumet Farm?
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