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Overbrook Farm to disperse stock

KEENELAND will play host to a dispersal of Overbrook Farm later this year, when the Kentucky-based farm, which was founded and developed by the late William Young, offers approximately 200 horses for sale.

Through Keeneland's September, November and January sales, Overbrook Farm will offer 75 broodmares, 50 weanlings, 50 yearlings and up to 30 horses of racing for sale with consignor Eaton Sales.

According to the Overbrook''s owner Bill Young, the farm will continue to race a small stable under the guidance of his son, Charles. Young hopes to lease the site of Overbrook Farm as a Thoroughbred operation.

"Over a period of more than 30 years my father developed Overbrook Farm into one of the most successful and respected breeding operations in the world," said Bill Young.

"The decision to disperse is a personal one that came after a great deal of thought. I simply don't have the same passion for the Thoroughbred sport that my father did, despite my respect for the business."

Overbrook Farm has remained at the forefront of the Kentucky bloodstock industry in recent years primarily due to their homebred leading sire Storm Cat, who was retired from stud duties last year.

The farm is currently home to stallions Cape Town, Grindstone, Jump Start and Pioneering, although Overbrook are in talks to sell the latter to Brazil. Plans for the remaining three will finalised at a later date.

"The retirement of Storm Cat ended a phenomenal era at Overbrook," said Young. "The dispersal will give buyers a unique opportunity to purchase families that previously have not been available commercially."

Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone, sire of this season's dual Classic producing stallion Birdstone, and Belmont Stakesheroes  Editor's Note and Tabasco Cat, both of whom formerly stood at the farm, top a list of 62 Group/Graded winners produced by Overbrook. Others include champions Boston Harbor, Golden Attraction, Flanders and Surfside.

Inrecognition of their success, Overbrook received an Eclipse Award in 1994 as outstanding breeder.

 "The late W. T. Young established a tradition of excellence at Overbrook," said Nick Nicholson, president of Keeneland.

"Keeneland had the privilege of selling many sons and daughters of the great Storm Cat. Now we have the opportunity to offer our buyers horses from the outstanding Overbrook families."






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