08/23/2001 12:00AM

Paulson Trust relocates stallions


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, which moved Grade 1 winners Startac and Astra from Simon Bray's barn this week, announced Thursday that their sire Theatrical has been relocated from Diamond A Farms in Versailles, Ky., to Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.

Jade Hunter, another Paulson stallion who stood this year at Diamond A, also has been moved to Hill 'n' Dale, and a group of Paulson-owned mares is expected to follow.

Diamond A Farms, formerly part of Paulson's Brookside Farms, is now owned by Gerald A. Ford, who purchased 800 acres of the 1,200-acre Brookside property in March 2000. The Paulson Trust continued to stand stallions there under the name of Brookside Stallions at Diamond A Farms.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Paulson's son Michael did not give a reason for the move, saying only, "We are pleased with this new arrangement with John Sikura and Hill 'n' Dale. This will truly put Theatrical at a facility equal to his ranking as one of the top sires in the world."

John Sikura, owner of Hill 'n' Dale, called Theatrical's arrival "an important event for the farm" and said, "we look forward to sharing him with outside breeders."

Nineteen-year-old Theatrical (Nureyev-Tree of Knowledge, by Sassafras), who has progeny earnings of more than $50 million, stood this year for $80,000. Jade Hunter, a 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector and the Pharly mare Jadana, stood for $12,500.