The Calumet name is one of the most famous names in the history of racing. Established by William Monroe Wright, the farm produced eight Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown winners. In 1992, Henryk de Kwiatkowski bought the farm where it ran under his name then under a name of trustees before Brad Kelley took the operation over in 2012. In 2013, he started using both the Calumet name and silks for his stable, he had previously operated under the name Bluegrass Hall.
Kelley leases the farm from Calumet Investment Trust, which purchased the property in 2012 for an estimated $36-$40 million. Kelley also owns Hurricane Hall and Bluegrass Hall, the latter formerly Nelson Bunker Hunt’s Bluegrass Farm. One of the ten largest landowners in the U.S. with more than 1.2 million acres, Kelley is an active wildlife conservationist.
In 2012, Kelley won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint with Hightail. Kelley then claimed a Triple Crown race victory in 2013 when Oxbow won the Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the process. To end his Triple Crown season, he finished second in the Belmont Stakes with Oxbow.