Visit Horse Country: Tradition, Innovation Drive Three Chimneys Farm

The Life
Palace Malice tours the grounds at Three Chimneys Farm. (Courtesy of Three Chimneys Farm.)

For over 40 years, Three Chimneys Farm has been a major presence in the competitive Thoroughbred industry. Starting as a small family operation boarding mares in 1972 by Robert and Blythe Clay, the Woodford Co., Ky., farm entered the competitive stallion market in the early 1980s but emphasized quality over quantity in its approach. For 17 years, Three Chimneys was the home of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew during his stud career until shortly before his death in  2002.

Yearlings at Three Chimneys. (Courtesy of Three Chimneys Farm)

Three Chimneys continued to excel at the highest levels of the sport – encompassing racing, breeding, and sales – and its marquee stallion during the 2000s, the late Dynaformer, gained the farm an international reputation with success overseas as well as at home, earning recognition as the sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on these shores and European champions and Melbourne Cup winners abroad.

Earlier this decade, Three Chimneys Farm underwent a transition in ownership and expanded into a larger, professional organization that maintains a family feel. Brazil’s Borges-Torrealba family acquired a controlling interest in the farm in fall 2013 and boosted Three Chimney’s resources to increase its standing in several industry sectors.

Under Borges-Torrealba leadership, Three Chimneys has replenished its stallion roster with some of the most sought after sires in the Thoroughbred industry, including 2013 champion 3-year-old male Will Take Charge (a close relative of 2019 Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach), 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner. Three Chimneys bought into Will Take Charge and Palace Malice during their racing careers, and Gun Runner, owned by Three Chimneys in partnership with Winchell Thoroughbreds throughout his $15 million-earning career, was represented by his first foals earlier this year.

In addition to its stallion roster, Three Chimneys offers private sales consultations and also raises foals from its broodmare band. The farm remains active both in owning racehorses (such as 2018 United Nations Stakes winner Funtastic) and as a buyer, solo and in partnership, at bloodstock auctions.

Tours of Three Chimneys are offered through Horse Country. The tours are approximately one hour in duration for up to 25 guests and feature behind-the-scenes visits to the stallion complex, a history of the farm, and education on its current operations and future vision. For more information, click here

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