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Grindstone transfers from Kentucky to Oregon

GRINDSTONE, narrow winner of the 1996 Kentucky Derby and grandsire of this season's winner Mine That Bird, will transfer from Overbrook Farm in Kentucky to Oakhurst Equine Farm in Oregon for the 2010 season.

Jack Root of Oakhurst Farm has acquired the son of Unbridled for an undisclosed sum from Overbrook, who has stood the stallion for the past 13 seasons, latterly at a fee of $3,500.

However, provisions have been made in the purchase contract to return Grindstone to the Kentucky farm, where he was bred and raised, when he is retired from stud duties.

In June this year, it was announced that Overbrook, which was developed by the late William T. Young and stood leading sire Storm Cat, would disperse the majority of its bloodstock at the upcoming sales and cease to stand stallions.

Grindstone is the third of the farm's stallions to leave the operation within the past three months following the sales of Cape Town and Pioneering to Brazil. However, Storm Cat, who was pensioned following the 2007 season, will remain at the farm.

Overbrook campaigned Grindstone to win three of six starts including the Kentucky Derby by a nose from Cavonnier, in which he emerged with an injury that prompted immediate retirement.

From ten crops of racing age, Grindstone is the sire of 16 stakes winners led by Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes hero Birdstone, himself now a leading second crop sire at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky thanks to the exploits of Classic winners Mine That Bird and Summer Bird.

 

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