New York Farms Unite in Breeding Venture

New York farms Questroyal Stud, Silvernails Farm, and Dutchess Views Farm announced a plan to stand stallions at the newly conceived Metropolitan Stud near Pine Plains, N.Y., starting the 2004 breeding season. Dutchess Views, also located near Pine Plains, is leasing the entire Silvernails property from owners Jim and Lorna Mack. Dutchess Views president Michael Lischin said the jointly owned Metropolitan operation will operate on 35 of those acres and that the six-horse barn is being expanded to accommodate 14 stallions. The popular sire Williamstown, who currently stands at Silvernails, will be a member of the Metropolitan stallion corps.

Questroyal, owned by Louis Salerno and Barry Ostrager, will relocate its stallions from Hudson, N.Y., to Metropolitan July 15. The Questroyal stallion roster consists of Abaginone, American Chance, Captain Bodgit, Gold Fever, Gold Token, Signal Tap, and Tomorrows Cat. Questroyal will continue to manage the stallions.

"We can focus on what we do best -- marketing and promotion," Salerno said. "We hope and expect to expand our stallion operation."

Several of the Dutchess Views' stallions also will make the trip. "We were looking to expand Dutchess Views, and the Macks were looking for someone to manage their farm, but they wanted to continue in the horse business," Lischin said. "Questroyal was impressed with the facilities, so it all came together."