By Terry Conway
It's a sad good-bye.
Bohemia Stable, the successful breeding and racing operation of the late Allaire du Pont, has announced it will completely disperse its horses -- 13 broodmares and weanlings. The horses will be consigned to auction over the next three months with Walnut Green as the agent.
"It's always been our intention to keep this going," said Lana Wright, du Pont's daughter. "The first couple years after her death the sales were good. But now, the economy has got us all. Being in Maryland we're behind the eight ball so people are foaling in other states with better opportunities. I'm just glad my mother is not here. She would be devastated."
Located just outside Chesapeake City, Md., Woodstock Farm slopes down to the banks of the Bohemia River, for which du Pont's Bohemia Stable is named. She was the breeder and owner of the beloved Kelso, who was a five-time Horse of the Year (1960-64). The first woman ever elected to the Jockey Club, du Pont died in January 2006 at age 92.
In her later years du Pont's top runner was Shine Again (Wild Again -- Shiner, by Two Punch). The 12-year-old mare, in foal to Bernardini , is scheduled for sale on the first day (Nov. 10) of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. A grade I winner and earner of $1,271,840, Shine Again earned multiple Maryland-bred champion titles, including Horse of the Year in 2003.
Horses pointed to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Maryland are broodmares Crafty Toast, a stakes winner now in foal to Eddington , and unraced Ready to Love, who is from the family of graded winner Best of Luck, the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in 1999 and is in foal to Dance With Ravens. An Artie Schiller weanling out of Crafty Toast and a Eurosilver weanling out of Why the Wind also will be in the Midlantic sale.
Among the eight horses slated for the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale is Shiny Band, a grade II-winning half-sister to Shine Again and in foal to Harlan's Holiday, and Shine Again's 2009 colt by Mr. Greeley.
A 200-acre parcel of land at the front of the Woodstock Farm is up for sale. However, the majority of the 900-acre farm, including the farm office with its museum dedicated to du Pont, her family home, and the lovely cemetery where Kelso, his sire and dam, and others are buried will remain in the possession
of Wright and her two nieces.