Dennis Narlinger has bought out Lewis Lakin's interest in Lakland North, and the farm has been renamed Sequel Stallions New York. Becky Thomas has retained her half of the farm.
"We are thrilled about the opportunity," said Narlinger's son, Michael. "We've been partners with Becky in Florida for the last couple of years, and we started escalating our New York bred mare program about three years ago. When this opportunity was brought to our attention, we jumped at the chance."
In addition to the New York property, Narlinger also bought out Lakin's stallion interests.
"He (Narlinger) has completed the 50% purchase of all of Mr. Lakin's stallion interests in New York and Florida in addition to his interest in what was Lakland North," Thomas said. "We will be going forward in a pretty aggressive fashion."
Lakin and Thomas have slowly been reducing their partnership ventures over the past year. A powerful pinhooking and commercial breeding duo, they have worked together since the mid-1990s. Thomas also owns Sequel Stallions and Sequel Bloodstock near Orange Lake, Fla.
"All the stallions that I own are now owned in a three-way partnership with Dennis and Bill Heiligbrodt," Thomas said. "I bring a commercial appeal to the market in terms of our 2-year-old sales, but Dennis and Bill bring a strong racing factor into the equation. This is a very big financial commitment, and it has been a long time in the making."
What is now Sequel Stallions New York will stand Freud
, Hook and Ladder
, Read the Footnotes
, and Ten Most Wanted
in 2007. Ten Most Wanted is partially owned by Narlinger and was moved to Sequel in September after standing at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky for his first two seasons.
"It is a great opportunity, so much so that we brought Ten Most Wanted out to New York to expand the stallion roster out there," Narlinger said. "He should be an exciting addition to the New York bred program."
Narlinger was also recently in the news when he sold part of Officer
and moved him from Gainesway to Taylor Made Farm.