Grindstone to Stand in Oregon

The son of Unbridled has been acquired by Jack Root's Oakhurst Equine Farm.

Overbrook Farm stallion Grindstone will continue his stallion career at veterinarian Jack Root’s Oakhurst Equine Farm near Newberg, Ore., according to Ric Waldman, Overbrook’s advisor and manager of stallion operations.

“Root determinedly acquired the horse,” said Waldman of Root, who purchased the son of Unbridled for an undisclosed price. “He persisted and worked out an arrangement that was satisfactory to us. Dr. Root is someone in whom we have a great deal of comfort that not only will he take good care of Grindstone, but we’ll be able to bring him back to Overbrook at the end of his career.”

Waldman noted there are provisions in Grindstone’s purchase contract for him to live out his retirement back at the Lexington farm, where he was bred and raised.

“There’s no reason for him to be retired; he’s happy to be breeding and he still has many breeding years ahead of him,” said Waldman of Grindstone, who stood the 2009 season at Overbrook for $3,500.

Grindstone has sired 16 stakes winners, including grade I winner Birdstone , the sire of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine that Bird, as well as Belmont Stakes and Travers (both gr. I) victor Summer Bird.

“I assume Dr. Root would want to bring (Grindstone) to Oregon very quickly, so it could be within the next week or two,” said Waldman, noting that the stallion would likely be bred to mares from Oregon, Washington, Western Canada, and Northern California. “(Root) is very confident that with Grindstone’s appeal, there will be plenty of interest.”

Oakhurst’s other stallions include Bagshot, Baquero, and Timber Legend, a son of two-time leading sire Storm Cat.

Overbrook, bred, raced, and has been the home of Storm Cat, who was pensioned last year.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that other Overbrook stallions Cape Town, a son of Seeking the Gold, and Pioneering, a son of Mr. Prospector and a half-brother to Storm Cat, had been sold for stallion duty in Brazil.

Overbrook, founded by the late William T. Young, announced in June that it would disperse the majority of its stock beginning at Keeneland’s September yearling sale.