Expansion Plan Will Double Margaux Farm Size

Midway, Ky., farm will add a second training track and seven barns.

Margaux Farm in Central Kentucky has acquired an additional 320 acres and is expanding its training, broodmare, and yearling care facilities, it announced Nov. 6.

The Midway, Ky., farm completed a one-mile synthetic, European-style gallop in 2012 and will now expand its training facility with a new seven-furlong straight synthetic track to be built on the new tract of land.

"The initial one-mile synthetic track is up and down hills, it is more like a European gallop so you can't do a lot of speed work," said Michael Hardy, Margaux's general manager. "With the new track, we can do that speed work and get horses closer to the races."

Expansion plans also include the construction of three training barns, three broodmare barns, and a yearling barn. The now 640-acre farm will have a total of four training barns and four broodmare barns once the construction is completed.

"Margaux Farm is a full service operation," Hardy said. "We are here to serve our client's needs across the board.  As a Kentucky farm we are proud to keep Kentucky horses in the state throughout the winter. Having the synthetic track on the farm allows us to keep horses in training year-round with the added advantage of pasturing them at the same time, which we believe is a major factor in producing a healthier, stronger horse."

Expanded facilities for starting, training, rehabilitation, and breeding will be available at Margaux Farm in the fall of 2014. Margaux is owned by Jim and Susan Hill, Dr. Joseph and Lynn Fowler, and Steve and Shelley Johnson.