Farm News

TDN Features Runnymede

The history and traditions of Runnymede, as well as the farm's focus on evolving with the times, have been featured in a lengthy story published on January 12 by Thoroughbred Daily News....more

Strengthening Our French Connections

Runnymede has long been known for its innovative international breeding and racing programs, and the farm currently is strengthening its ties with French racing and our French partners....more

The Miracle of Life

The birth of the first foal of each year is an event we await with an excitement multiplied by the 11 months we have been anticipating the arrival as well as by the hopes and dreams each baby carries for the future....more

Sacre Coeur: Our Broodmare of the Year

When a bay filly by Saint Ballado was foaled at Runnymede in the cold of January in 2000, no one could have forecast how she might influence the future of the farm....more

Thanksgiving: Our Cup Overflows

Each and every Thanksgiving offers a special opportunity to reflect on blessings, and this year we are fortunate to have so very many to cherish....more

TOBA Salute as Member of Month

      The Clay family and their Runnymede Farm have been recognized as the Member of the Month for June by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association....more

Champagne, Good Friends and a Trifecta

My second and final day on this Royal Ascot trip was all about reaching out to Runnymede’s newly established partners while reaffirming the bond with some of our most longstanding and valued partners. Royal Ascot lures the Who’s Who of Thoroughbred racing worldwide, and in one day you can run into everybody you need to know in the business, writes Joe Clay as his he concludes his blog....more

From the Queen to No Lasix

     The first day of Royal Ascot was nothing short of amazing, with all the glory invoked by the regal name of the festival, Joe Clay writes in the second installment of his blog....more

Ambassador Clay at Royal Ascot

     Joe Clay, son of Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay and brother of farm President Brutus Clay, is making his annual foray to Royal Ascot and is sending back his impressions of one of the world's greatest racing festivals while representing Runnymede. In his first entry, he writes:  ...more

Archbishop Returns Home

With group stakes performances in three countries to his credit, Runnymede homebred Archbishop returned to the farm on February 22 after a long journey from Europe....more

Runnymede’s Valentine: Newborn Filly

What is the best Valentine's Day gift? A beautiful and perfect foal, of course....more

Nathaniel Colt First of 2014 Crop

Silver Sycamore, a five-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate that we own in partnership with Chris Zinkhan, produced our first foal of 2014 when she delivered a healthy chestnut colt by Galileo's multiple Group 1-winning son Nathaniel on January 31 at Watership Down Stud in England....more

Malhouitre New VP & GM

Romain Malhouitre, a former manager with Dixiana and Woods Edge Farms, has been named vice president and general manager of Runnymede Farm Inc., effective immediately....more

New International Role for Martin O’Dowd

With world markets revitalized, Runnymede General Manager Martin O'Dowd is opening a new bloodstock management venture while continuing to oversee the farm's international breeding and racing operations under a consulting agreement....more

Congressman Barr Visits Runnymede

United States Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), who has taken a leadership role on equine issues in Congress while representing Kentucky's sixth district, visited Runnymede Farm on July 20 as part of an informal and ongoing fact-finding tour regarding the state's signature horse industry....more

Exceptional Foaling and Breeding Season

Spring has delivered an outstanding group of foals to Runnymede, where there has been even more cause for celebration as breeding season is concluding with excellent results....more

First Foals of 2013 Born Abroad

Although she entered the world thousands of miles distant from Runnymede's base in Kentucky, a filly who is among the first foals sired by European champion Workforce also is the initial arrival in our 2013 foal crop....more

Special Fillies Return to Runnymede

It was the kind of moment breeders live for—the return to their birthplace of fillies who made significant marks in racing as they prepare for a new life delivering the next generation of racehorses, the hopes for the future....more

Distinguished Dam Chancey Squaw Dies at 21

Runnymede lost one of the best broodmares in the farm's long history when Chancey Squaw, who produced Japanese champion Agnes Digital and two other stakes winners, was euthanized on October 19....more

Foal Crop of 2012 Bountiful with Colts

Following Runnymede's 2011 foal crop--the best in memory for the farm--was a difficult act, but the youngsters of 2012 have done it, with 14 promising colts and four lovely fillies born in Kentucky over the winter and spring....more

KTOB Honors Clay with Hardboot Award

Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, joined by his wife Biz, son Brutus and farm manager Martin O'Dowd, was honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders on April 19 with the Hardboot Breeder Award....more

King’s Best Filly Foaled in France

A very attractive and lively filly by King's Best, who reigned as the world's leading sire in 2010 with Derby winners in England and Japan, was delivered recently in France by our promising young mare Lady of Akita....more

Hunter’s Mark Foals Harbinger Filly

Our first foal of 2012 has arrived, albeit halfway around the world from Runnymede....more

Our Cup Runneth Over in 2011

While times remained challenging for the Thoroughbred industry in 2011, Runnymede Farm is counting many blessings....more

New Mare Gains Group 1 Credential

Wendy Vaala, a broodmare from an impeccable female family recently acquired in a private transaction, became the granddam of a Group 1 winner when Que Fenomeno won the Grande Premio J Adhear de Almeida Prado (G1) at Cidade Jardim in Brazil on June 26....more

Callahan featured in The Blood-Horse

Runnymede's longtime friend and partner Peter Callahan is featured in the July 2 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine....more

Runnymede Officers Visit Newmarket

With promising Group 2 winner Laughing Lashes entered in the English One Thousand Guineas (G1), Runnymede President Brutus Clay and Vice President Martin O'Dowd seized the opportunity to attend the classic weekend at Newmarket, visit some of the internationally renowned studs in the area and check on a pair of juvenile colts in training with David Lanigan....more

Foundation mare Kazadancoa leaves lasting mark

Kazadancoa, the most influential producer to graze in the fields of Runnymede over the past 50 years, quietly passed away at the farm on March 30 at the age of 33....more

Outstanding Pyro colt only one in North America

An exceptionally well conformed colt from the first crop of Pulpit's Grade 1-winning son Pyro was born at Runnymede on March 6, becoming another unique foal for the farm as he is believed to be the only individual by his sire outside of Japan....more

Runnymede’s filly only offspring by Conduit outside Japan

Foaling season is always a time of hope and excitement, but this year is even more special at Runnymede, where what is believed to be the only foal outside Japan by multiple champion and two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Conduit arrived recently....more

Adventure foals Dalakhani colt, to visit Sea The Stars

Runnymede’s exceptional broodmare Adventure, whose second foal is Irish Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed filly Laughing Lashes, foaled a colt by 2003 European Horse of the Year Dalakhani on February 22 while boarded at the Irish National Stud....more

Invincible Spirit filly extends Runnymede’s reach to France

A new chapter in Runnymede’s extensive history began to unfold on February 18 in France when the farm’s Group 1 producer Palace Weekend foaled a fabulous bay filly by record-breaking European sire Invincible Spirit....more

Jaycito’s newborn half sister already a favorite at Runnymede

One of Runnymede’s most eagerly awaited foals also became the first to be born at the farm this season—a filly who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Jaycito...more

It’s a colt! First foal of 2011 born in Ireland

Runnymede’s first foal of the year is a colt delivered by our stakes-winning Pivotal mare Morena Park in Ireland on February 9....more

A Year to Remember: Runnymede Sparkled in 2010

Although there have been many outstanding years in the storied history of Runnymede Farm, 2010 undoubtedly ranks among the best on all fronts, extending from racing to sales around the world....more

Breeders’ Cup to be historic for Runnymede

When the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships begins on November 5, Runnymede Farm is poised to make history....more

Seven yearlings consigned to Fasig-Tipton sale

Three colts and four fillies raised at Runnymede made the journey on October 22 from the farm in Paris to Fasig-Tipton Co.’s Newtown Paddocks for the Kentucky fall yearling sale....more

Strong Keeneland sale for Runnymede; Tattersalls next

Following a very pleasing Keeneland September sale in which Runnymede sold yearlings to buyers in the United States, Europe and Asia, the farm is offering three colts at the Tattersalls October sale, Europe’s premier yearling auction that begins on October 5 in Newmarket, England....more

Runnymede-breds winning around the globe

Runnymede may be a relatively small commercial Thoroughbred nursery, but the horses bred and raised by the farm are having an impact all over the world....more

First Samurai filly sells for $450,000 at Keeneland

Sparking bids from multiple corners while handling the pressure of the Keeneland sale ring with poise and presence, Runnymede’s First Samurai filly was sold on September 13 for $450,000....more

Success of Runnymede-breds highlighted by The Blood-Horse

In a story written by Deirdre B. Biles, one of the most knowledgeable journalists specializing in the coverage of Thoroughbred bloodstock sales, The Blood-Horse has featured the success of horses bred, raised and sold by Runnymede....more

Runnymede Mare Hails From Derby Winner’s Super Family

Super Saver’s dramatic victory in the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 1 gave yet another a tremendous boost to young Runnymede broodmare Miss Forest City, who shares the same phenomenally successful female family....more

Awesome Gem Featured in ESPN Contest

Runnymede-bred, -raised and -sold star Awesome Gem, who is one of the farm’s all-time earnings leaders with nearly $2 million to date, is the featured attraction in an ongoing contest to encourage Thoroughbred ownership....more