After surprisingly selling his Gracefield Farm near Lexington in May of this year, Ben Walden has purchased a new farm with plans of making it the last farm he buys.
Ben P. Walden Jr. and his wife, Elaine, prominent members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry, have sold their 310-acre farm near Lexington. The property, called Gracefield, was purchased by Robert and Lisa Lourie of Setauket, New York, for an undisclosed amount.
Corinthian, winner of this year's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), will enter stud in 2008 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
The top of the market was up, the middle market increased, and now the bottom end of the Keeneland September sale is showing signs of intense strength.
A Silver Deputy colt fetched the top price of $625,000 Saturday at the Keeneland September yearling auction in Lexington as selling resumed following a break Friday.
Ben P. Walden Jr. and his wife, Elaine, founders and former owners of Vinery, have a new venture. The couple purchased one of three tracts of land previously comprising Castleton Farm near Lexington, and plan to raise yearlings owned by them in partnership with Jim and Pat Bohanon on the 192-acre property.
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