Sweezey, 51, was with Darby Dan for 18 years. His last day was June 30.
In a release, Sweezey said he will now become a breeder and farm owner. He and his wife currently have four mares that they keep at their Timbertown Stables near Lexington.
“The teams of employees that have surrounded me share the credit for the wonderful successes Darby Dan has recently enjoyed,” said Sweezey in the release. “I am proud of the champion racehorses we have raised as well as the number of million-dollar yearlings we have marketed at the sales.
“I am indebted to Dan Galbreath for affording such a young farm manager the opportunity to take the reins of Darby Dan in 1990,” Sweezey said. “I am equally appreciative to John Phillips for taking me on as a partner after Uncle Dan’s passing, and sharing this awesome project with me. I wish only the very best to Darby Dan. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.”
John Phillips’ grandfather, John W. Galbreath, founded Darby Dan outside Columbus, Ohio, and later transferred the major part of the operation to Lexington on property that once was part of Col. E.R. Bradley’s historic Idle Hour Stock Farm.
John Phillips became the head of Darby Dan following the death of his uncle, Daniel Galbreath, in 1995.