An offer has been made for Vinery’s stallion Silver Train that could mean his relocation to Pennsylvania, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Shareholders were notified late last week of the tentative offer. For the deal to proceed, at least 41 of 52 shareholders had to endorse it by 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and that threshold has reportedly been met.
Vinery's president Tom Ludt said he could not comment on the offer.
Silver Train is a multiple grade I winning son of Old Trieste out of Ridden in Thestars, by Cormorant. One of his best performances came in the 2005 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), where he held off a fast-closing Taste of Paradise by a neck and beat the previously undefeated Lost in the Fog. He also won the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), the Jerome Handicap (gr. II), and the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II). He retired with earnings of nearly $1.26 million.
Now a second-crop sire, Silver Train began his stud career at Vinery in Kentucky. He ranks eighth on the leading second-crop sires list with nearly $1.82 million in progeny earnings through Aug. 24. J J's Lucky Train, out of Delta Sensation (by Thunder Gulch), is Silver Train’s leading earner this year with a record of two wins and four places in seven starts. He won the Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct and finished second in the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) in June.
Silver Train has a total of four lifetime stakes winners to date and lifetime progeny earnings of nearly $2.6 million. He stood for $7,500 this year.
Vinery stands 27 stallions at its operations in Kentucky, New York, and Florida.