Adena Springs' Frank Stronach

Adena Springs' Frank Stronach

Anne M. Eberhardt

2004 Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

Frank Stronach could not have asked for anything more Oct. 30. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was being held at Lone Star Park, owned by Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp.

And, in the winner's circle following the richest race, the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), there was Stronach. However, he was not there to present the trophy to the winner, but to receive it.

The winner of the Classic, and eventual Horse of the Year and champion older horse, was Stronach's homebred Ghostzapper. What's more, Ghostzapper is by Awesome Again, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic for Stronach and now stands at his Adena Springs Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Stronach's runners are raised at three farms, his other properties in Florida and Canada. He owns about 400 broodmares and stands three of the top 10 stallions of 2004 by progeny earnings--El Prado, Awesome Again, and Alphabet Soup.

In 2004, horses bred under the Adena Springs banner led the way in progeny earnings, with more than $14 million.

Ghostzapper led the way for Adena Springs; he was one of 16 stakes winners bred by the farm. Adena Springs also bred five horses that won grade III races last year.

Stronach's Magna Entertainment owns 10 racetracks, and his Canadian-based Magna International is one of the world's largest manufacturers of auto parts.