06/15/2010 11:00PM

Wygods to sell California farm


Marty and Pam Wygod, who are among California's most prominent Thoroughbred owners and breeders, intend to sell River Edge, their farm in Buellton, Calif., and more than 100 broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings at Barretts in Pomona, Calif., this fall, Marty Wygod said on Wednesday.

The sales are part of a restructuring of the couple's Thoroughbred holdings, which will be concentrated in Kentucky in coming years, Wygod said.

"We've been transitioning most of our mares to Kentucky in the last five years," Wygod said. "We have more and more stallions we have an interest in. Our primarily focus will be breeding in Kentucky. We'll still be racing to a degree in California."

The Barretts sale will feature the family's California-breds, including 48 broodmares, as well as yearlings and weanlings by stallions such as Benchmark, Bertrando, and Tribal Rule, all of whom stand at River Edge Farm.

Wygod said he plans to sell River Edge and relocate the four stallions who reside there, including Dixie Chatter, to other farms. Wygod owns Benchmark and Tribal Rule, and owns Dixie Chatter and Bertrando in partnership.

Wygod said he hoped that the farm would be sold to a buyer interested in maintaining the property as a horse farm. The Wygods have been among California's leading breeders in the last 20 years.