Jim and Garnetta Blalock's 413-acre Blalock Training Center is the latest Marion County, Fla., horse farm to go on the market. The Blalocks, who relocated to the Ocala area from Kentucky 10 years ago, plan to downsize their operation.
The farm has a dirt track of about one mile, a turf course of about six furlongs, a 60-foot round pen, and four barns with 117 stalls and a breeding shed. Grade I winners Golden Bri and Capote Belle trained at Blalock, and Lite the Fuse was raised there.
“We're looking for a farm that's more manageable,” Jim Blalock said. “ We'll definitely stay in the business.”
The Blalocks have a broodmare band of about 15, and keep several mares for clients in the United States and abroad. Blalock Training Center stallion Proudest Duke will relocate to the new facility. Jim Blalock said employees will transfer to the new farm, which may or may not be located in Marion County.
The Blalocks plan to focus on weanling and yearling preparation, as well as the care of broodmares and foals.