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End of an era as leading Kentucky stud prepares for one last sale; Nancy Sexton talks to Ric Waldman, manager of Overbrook Farm, before the final dispersal of its bloodstock at Keeneland this week.

Byline: Nancy Sexton

THOSE associated with Overbrook Farm in Kentucky have had five months to digest the operation's imminent dispersal at Keeneland, but the end of an era will still not be easy to confront when the first of 158 offerings, Mary Delaney Mrs Mary Delaney achieved unexpected fame at the age of 71 in the court of George III and Queen Charlotte of England thanks to the 18th century decoupage craze.

Moving in the circle of Jonathan Swift and Sir Joseph Banks, and possibly taught art by William Hogarth, she was
, steps into the Keeneland sales ring on Wednesday.

In June this year, Bill Young jnr, who assumed control of the farm upon the death of his father, William T Young, in February 2004, announced that his family would be dispersing the majority of their equine assets.

Over the next few months, the Youngs remained true to their word by dispersing their resident stallions, including homebred home·bred  
Raised, bred, or reared at home; domestic.
 Kentucky Derby Kentucky Derby

One of the classic U.S. Thoroughbred horse races. It was established in 1875 and run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Ky. With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up U.S. racing's coveted Triple Crown.
 winner Grindstone grindstone

or grind common metaphor for industriousness. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]

See : Industriousness
, who was leased to stand in Oregon. Then, in September, they embarked on the first stage of their auction dispersal when selling 47 yearlings for nearly $6.3 million.

Now, however, it is time to close the book for good.

"It's difficult," is all that stud manager Ric Waldman needs to say. "I started consultancy work with Overbrook in 1986 and have managed the farm since 1990. I've lived here since 1992, so yes, it's difficult."

Although a native of Kentucky, William T Young did not discover racing until 1972 when he attended a meeting at Churchill Downs Churchill Downs, Ky.: see Louisville.  to watch a filly owned by close friend Alex Campbell This article is about Alex Campbell, the former Canadian politician. For the Scottish folk singer, see Alex Campbell (singer).

Alexander Brad Campbell
. Campbell's filly won and Young was hooked; by the end of that year he had purchased some land near Lexington that would become Overbrook.

Young made his fortune at an early age through the peanut butter company Big Top, which he later sold, and he set about utilising his business acumen in cultivating Overbrook.

It did not take long for him to fulfil his ambitions. On the advice of William Lockridge, then part-owner of Ashford Stud Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky is the American arm of the international commercial Thoroughbred horse breeding operation Coolmore Stud of County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland.

As of December 2006, seventeen stallions stand at Ashford Stud.
, Young purchased three mares - Cinegita, Terlingua and Arc heroine Three Troikas Three Troikas (b. 1976) was a French Thoroughbred Champion Filly racehorse who was owned, trained, and raced by the three members of the famous Head family.

A grandaughter of Northern Dancer, the filly was purchased by Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay from the South African
, to be covered by European import Storm Bird.

It was advice that enabled Young to hit the jackpot, as Terlingua went on to produce Storm Cat, while Cinegita is the granddam of champion Flanders, herself the dam of another champion in Surfside surf·side  
Situated or sited at or near the seashore: surfside parties; a surfside road. 

Luck also played its part in Overbrook's rapid ascent when Young was forced to withdraw Storm Cat from the 1984 Keeneland July sale after he tested positive for equine viral arteritis Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a disease of horses caused by an RNA virus of the genus Arterivirus.[1] [2] The virus which causes EVA was first isolated from horses in Ohio in 1953 but the disease has afflicted equine animals worldwide for centuries. . Sent to Jonathan Sheppard Jonathan Sheppard was born in 1975 in Chesterfield, England. He attended the University of York where he received a BA Hons followed by an MA in political research. His full time career has primarily been in the Public Sector, working in various communications roles within the Royal , the son of Storm Bird went on to win the Grade 1 Young America Young America may refer to: Cities, towns, townships, etc.
  • Young America in Illinois,
  • Young America Township, a township in Carver County, Minnesota,
  • Young America, In Indiana,
  • Norwood Young America, in Minnesota,
 Stakes as a two-year-old before falling short by a nose to Tasso in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile The Breeders' Cup Juvenile is a Thoroughbred horse race for 2-year-old colts and geldings raced on dirt. It is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup. . Had the photo gone the other way, Young would have most likely sold Storm Cat for the $8m that he had been offered beforehand.

Storm Cat entered stud at Overbrook in 1988 for $30,000 and went on to sire 11 champions, including Giant's Causeway Giant's Causeway, headland on the north coast of Moyle dist., N Northern Ireland, NE of Coleraine; est. as a national trust territory in 1961. Extending 3 mi (4.  and One Cool Cat, as well as the farm's own top-class performers Tabasco Cat and Cat Thief. At his peak he commanded a fee of $500,000, in part due to an immense commercial popularity that saw him sire nearly 100 $1m yearlings, including this year's Keeneland September sale-topper.

While Storm Cat was gaining worldwide recognition, the farm was receiving further respect thanks to homebred champions such as Boston Harbor, Flanders and Timber Country.A S IN September, this week's dispersal will be handled primarily by Reiley McDonald's Eaton Sales. Of the 158 horses to sell there are ten Grade 1 performers or producers, as well as weanlings by Giant's Causeway, Mr Greeley, Zenyatta's sire Street Cry and Tiznow.

"It's very hard to gauge how these mares will sell," says Waldman. "When you know things are going to decline you adjust your mental appraisals, and all things considered All Things Considered (ATC) is a news radio program in the United States, broadcast on the National Public Radio network. It was the first news program on the network, and is broadcast live worldwide through several outlets.  I thought the yearlings sold pretty well.

"But it's amazing how much a dispersal aura can attract buyers and not many of these families have been readily available to the public before."

Champion Golden Attraction (hip 455) heads the 23 lots who descend from Square Angel, while Flanders (439) and her daughter Surfside (316) are among the 26 on offer descending from Cinegita. Another 18, including Jump Start's dam Steady Cat (307), trace to Hopespringseternal.

Also catalogued is Grade 1 winner Cotton Blossom (413), who cost Overbrook $1.9m in 2007, Boston Harbor's dam Harbor Springs (1238), and Winendynme (349), whose Storm Cat filly sold to D Wayne Lukas for $675,000 in September.

Winendynme is in foal being with young; pregnant; - said of a mare or she ass.

See also: Foal
 to Medicean and is one of three mares covered in Europe this year.

"We raced Storm Star, who won the 1985 Cherry Hinton Stakes The Cherry Hinton Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) on the July Course at Newmarket Racecourse in early July. , but Mr Young loved to watch his horses race, so sending them to Europe was something that we hadn't done for a very long time," says Waldman. "We sent these mares over unaware of the dispersal and would have probably continued to do so in reaction to the quality of stallions in Europe.

"We would have certainly submitted a mare to Sea The Stars and it would be special if one of the mares in the dispersal was to go to him."

Adding further spice is a smattering of Juddmonte blood following foal foal

a junior horse from birth to one year. May be filly foal, colt foal.

foal ataxia
see enzootic equine incoordination.
 shares with Storm Cat between the two operations. Among the resulting fillies on offer are full-or half-sisters to Nebraska Tornado (Dark Sky - 418) and Etoile Montante (Will Prevail - 347), as well as daughters of Honest Lady (Honest Pursuit - 471) and Wandesta (Driven Snow - 783).

"I suspect that Juddmonte were trying to produce a good Storm Cat colt they could stand, while we got some Storm Cat fillies out of some very desirable mares," says Waldman. "It's a shame that we won't be able to see these fillies through their stud careers."

With only the retired 26-year-old Storm Cat in residence at Overbrook after November 22, the future for the farm is uncertain, although Young's grandson, Chris, will continue to maintain a small racing stable.

"We've talked with interested parties about leasing space for thoroughbred operations because the family would love to see horses on it," says Waldman. "And we'll run cattle on the land that isn't leased."

As for Waldman, he will pick up where he left off before Overbrook. He says: "I had a consulting business before I managed the farm. Overbrook were my biggest client and I'll now look to fill that void."

On Stud plans changed for Full Of Gold Waldman on ... William T Young He was successful in everything he did, probably because he had a very sharp, keen business sense and wasn't afraid to take a risk. He thoroughly enjoyed the farm and had a hand in everything that was built, from the stables to the layout of the roads. The state of US racing Our biggest problem in the US is the lack of a true fan base, something that has gradually eroded since I began in this industry 35 years ago. We've got other means of funding, such as simulcasting, so it was easy for us to cease cultivating the fans. But now we actually need them, we don't have them. Look at the popularity of racing in Britain and Ireland - you walk into a pub and racing is on TV and it's being talked about. Can you imagine how strong racing would be if they got their act together over prize-money?


Ric Waldman: "Amazing how much a dispersal aura can attract buyers" Champions Golden Attraction (hip 455) and Flanders (439, below) will sell as part of the dispersal this week
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Date:Nov 9, 2009
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