Chris Young: Contemplating Overbrook's Future
The Overbrook Farm dispersal, which began at the Keeneland September yearling sale, will not mark the end of the Young family’s involvement in the Thoroughbred business. Chris Young, the 34-year-old grandson of Overbrook founder W.T. Young, is making plans for his own venture that probably will emphasize racing.
“I haven’t quite figured it out yet; I’ve just kind of got to get through the dispersal first,” he said. “I think I would still like to race a few horses and maybe breed few, but I will keep the operation much smaller. I enjoy the aspect of racing horses, and that’s probably as far along the line as I could express what I want to do at this point.”
There are more than 50 Overbrook yearlings, including horses bred in foal-share arrangements, in the September sale. The most expensive, so far, has been a Storm Cat – Winendynme filly that sold for $675,000 during the auction’s fourth session.
“It’s bittersweet,” Young said. “Some of the horses have sold very well, and some of them have slipped through the cracks a little bit, but that’s the way it is with horses selling without reserves. Hopefully, they’ll have good homes, and they’ll do well on the track.”
Eaton Sales is the consignor of nearly all of Overbrook’s September sale yearlings and will play an important role again when the dispersal continues at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
“It will be sad to see the mares go, especially the mares like Flanders, Surfside, and Golden Attraction because they’ve been with us longer (than the yearlings), but we’ll move on and keep going,” Young said. “We’ve got a nice group of mares, and I hope they’ll sell well.”
Young said Flanders and Surfside were his favorites. Flanders (by Seeking the Gold) was the champion 2-year-old filly in 1994 when she captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Frizette (gr. I) and Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) . She is the dam of Surfside (by Seattle Slew), who was 2000’s champion 3-year-old filly.
“I think everybody has got to love Flanders,” Young said. “She was fun, and I saw a number of her wins when I was younger.”
Young learned about the Thoroughbred business from his late grandfather, and attending the races was something they did together.
“The horses were one of our common bonds,” Young said. “He enjoyed racing, and I enjoyed it. When he was around, we were getting a lot of wins, and it was fun.”
Young’s father, Bill Young Jr., has said the Thoroughbred business “is not for me,” but he plans to go to the races when his son’s horses run. The family also plans to retain Overbrook Farm and hopes to lease it to someone to operate it as a horse farm. The family also has said that the great stallion Storm Cat, who is pensioned because of fertility problems, will have a home at Overbrook for the rest of his life.
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