Coolmore Offers Star Studded Stallions Including American Pharaoh
Ashford Stud, located in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass, is Coolmore’s home in America. While now much larger in size, the initial tract of land that Ashford consisted of was 465 acres. That land was originally part of an important cattle farm owned by Col. Edmund H. Taylor Jr. who founded the Old Taylor Distilleries in nearby Frankfort. Known as Hereford Farm, the property was developed around 1912 and operated as a cattle farm up until the late 1970s. At that time, Dr. Bill Lockridge began to transform the farm into a state of the art stud, fit for the finest stallions in the world.
After three years of careful planning and construction, Ashford opened its doors for the 1982 breeding season. The stallion roster was headlined by Storm Bird, a horse that was the highest rated two-year-old in Europe while trained by the legendary Vincent O’Brien. Among the resident mares at Ashford in 1982 was Terlingua. Her mating to Storm Bird that year would have a lasting impact on thoroughbred breeding worldwide through the exploits of their prolific son Storm Cat.
When Ashford became part of Coolmore in the mid-1980s, Storm Bird, along with the likes of El Gran Senor and Woodman, helped to establish Coolmore’s reputation on an international level through the late 80s and early 90s.
1996 marked the retirement of Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, who is out of a daughter of Storm Bird, to Ashford. Thunder Gulch would soon gain the distinction of being the first champion sire to stand at Ashford when he topped the general sire’s list in 2001. Not to be outdone, Ashford sires Hennessy (2001), Tale of the Cat (2003) and Giant’s Causeway (2005 & 2014), all earned champion juvenile sire honors to add to those won by Woodman in 1990 and 1994.
AIR FORCE BLUE – NEW
War Front – Chatham $25,000
Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma Private
Super Saver – Magdalena’s Chase $10,000
DECLARATION OF WAR
War Front – Tempo West $35,000
Mr. Prospector – Angel Fever $7,500
Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm $75,000
LOOKIN AT LUCKY
Smart Strike – Private Feeling $17,500
Galileo – Absolutelyfabulous $7,500
Speightstown – La Comete $25,000
Harlan’s Holiday – Steelin’ $25,000
Bernardini – Marozia $10,000
TALE OF THE CAT
Storm Cat – Yarn $30,000
Indian Charlie – Playa Maya $150,000
VANCOUVER – NEW
Medaglia d’Oro – Skates $15,000
More Than Ready – Enchanted Rock $17,500