08/06/2014 4:18PM

Three Chimneys Farm, Besilu Stables partner on breeding, racing

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Three Chimneys Farm announced Wednesday a partnership with Ben Leon’s Besilu Stables for both breeding and racing.

The partnership with Besilu is the latest of several business initiatives undertaken recently by Three Chimneys, the Midway, Ky., stud farm founded by Robert and Blythe Clay. In fall 2013, Brazil-based Borges Torrealba operation bought a controlling interest in Three Chimneys, and shortly afterward, the farm acquired the stallion rights for champion Will Take Charge.

Leon, a successful medical entrepreneur based in south Florida, has made several high-profile purchases at bloodstock auctions in recent years, including buying champion Royal Delta for $8.5 million in 2011.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Ben Leon on his exceptional group of horses,” Goncalo Torrealba said. “He has developed one of the finest select collections of bloodstock in the world, and we look forward to teaming up for many breeding and racing successes together in the future. For Three Chimneys, this venture is a big step toward reaching the heights of success we hope to achieve.”

“It’s a truly exciting moment for both sides, and at a personal level, it’s even more exciting to share with a friend like Goncalo Torrealba our common passion for horses,” Leon said. “Our goals and core principles are aligned, and we look forward to a successful future together.”

Em Duett More than 1 year ago
I can't think of a single successful acquisition by Leon, except Delta -- and she was a star long before he purchased her!
Laura More than 1 year ago
perhaps he's found a home for Mr. Besilu, or, as I call him, 'Mr. Four-Point-Two" for his auction price....he hasn't done much on the track, but he's gorgeous, and with his pedigree, surely someone will want to send mares his way...