Runnymede Farm manager Martin O'Dowd will open a new bloodstock management venture but will continue to oversee Runnymede's international breeding and racing operations under a consulting agreement, it was announced Oct. 28.
"We are pleased that Runnymede will have Martin's keen insight, horsemanship, and global network just a speed dial away on a continuing basis," said Runnymede president Brutus Clay in a release. "Martin will remain an integral part of the farm for breeding, racing, and strategic decisions."
O'Dowd, who has enjoyed success in acquiring prominent broodmares and racehorses and advising on productive matings, will be in action for clients including Runnymede at the Keeneland November breeding stock and Tattersalls December sales.
After beginning his career working with Coolmore in Ireland and later serving as stallion manager at Brereton Jones's Airdrie Stud, O'Dowd began managing the Paris, Ky.-based Runnymede in 1986. The Irish native intends to continue managing broodmares, foals, and racehorses in conjunction with his bloodstock operation.
"Being with horses on a daily basis is a privilege that I cherish, and I have prized working with the Runnymede team and Catesby W. Clay over the past three decades," O'Dowd said, referring to the farm's chairman, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. "Mr. Clay wholeheartedly supported efforts to build Runnymede into a unique breeding operation with roots extending from our base in Paris, Kentucky, to England, Ireland, France and Japan, and he has had a special vision that enabled us to produce the outstanding horses that are the hallmark of Runnymede even as we limited the broodmare band to a small but select group."