12/18/2012 3:12PM

Stonestreet purchases Vinery training facility in Florida


Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm operation has purchased Vinery Ltd.’s training facility in Summerfield, Fla., Vinery’s president, Tom Ludt, confirmed Tuesday morning.

The 220-acre property, which was sold for an undisclosed price, will now be known as Stonestreet Training and Rehabilitation Center.

Several of Stonestreet’s major stakes winners have been developed at the training facility in recent years, including 2011 champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia and Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia.

“Vinery, with its team of skilled and seasoned horse professionals, created a world-class training and rehabilitation facility,” Banke said. “We are pleased to incorporate it into our breeding and training operation.”

In late August, Vinery owner Tom Simon announced that he would sell his U.S. operations, which include his 440-acre breeding and boarding facility near Lexington, Ky., and the Florida training facility. Vinery purchased Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., last year to expand its stallion operations into the state and also invested in Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., as a boarding facility. The Vinery Australia operation is a separate business, owned in partnership, that is not on the market.

At the time of that announcement, Simon indicated that he was primarily interested in selling the entire operation as a package, but would consider offers on individual properties. The Florida training facility was the only purchase by Stonestreet.

The Florida facility includes a seven-furlong dirt training track and a six-furlong turf training track. Other amenities include an AquaCiser, covered European free walkers, and turnout facilities.

Other top runners who have spent time at the facility for rehabilitation or freshening include 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, champion Kodiak Kowboy, and Breeders’ Cup winners Regally Ready and More Than Real.

Kathy Agel More than 1 year ago
It's a beautiful facility -- I've visited twice. The staff at both divisions (training/rehab, and the stallion station) was very welcoming and kind, and willing to answer all sorts of questions. The stallion manager and his grooms happily brought out all the stallions to show them off. The care they were given was more than evident. Now all of the stallions have been relocated, and I hope the dozen or so employees at the stallion station have been able to find new employment (and this area is suffering a high unemployment rate).
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
More power to Ms Bankes for moving forward with her deceased husbands visions and dreams. Mr. Jackson was a great enthusiast for our sport and spared no expence to participate at the highest level with the best stock available to him. He is sadly missed but will always be remembered through Curlin and Rachael Alexandra's forthcoming offspring. A big heartfelt thank-you to Ms Bankes for allowing us the pleasure to watch Stonestreet improve the racing game.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Thank god they didnt sell to Sheiks.
TriniLoo More than 1 year ago
And what if they sold to Sheikh's? Are you referring to the same Sheikh's who pour millions and millions at all the auctions, US/UK/France/Australia/Japan? Those Sheikh's? Would it have been better if they sold to the Irish? Coolmore? Do you shop at WalMart? What do the Chinese put back into this economy for the billions we ship there?
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
Great Answer TrinLoo. The Plumber has no idea who makes all the goodies he buys for his jobs, neither does he realise that the oil we depend on comes from the bloody " Sheikhs's " backyard. This fellow doesn't sound Kosher to me.
raymond More than 1 year ago
Lova the AquaCiser, it is a tremendous muscle and stamina builder.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Impressive facility.