Horse Racing

AT THE Paradise at Spring Village

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

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Editor's Note — The annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) Yearling Sale takes place on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Caymanas Park.

Starting today, The Supreme Racing Guide takes readers on a tour of some of the stud farms across the island, taking a look at their stock and operations. We begin with Paradise at Spring Village.

HISTORY

Paradise at Spring Village has been in operation since 2002. The farm began with a handful of mares housed at McCook's Pen, St Catherine. Approximately 30 acres of pasture were developed, mares were sent for mating to larger stud farms and the vast majority of the offspring were sold each year in the TOBA yearling sale.

In 2014, the operation was relocated to Spring Village, just outside Old Harbour, St Catherine, a greenfield site, with infrastructure developed to include stallion houses, feeding sheds, stalls and a variety of pastures/paddocks. Today the operation has approximately 80 acres of fully developed pastures of primarily Pangola grass, with a mix of Bahama, Guinea and Star grass.

KEY PHILOSOPHIES

These include the following:

1 Safety of animals (eg no square corners — “rounded” corners used to limit running into fences)

2 Stand stallions with proven races record who displayed strength and soundness

3 Abundant grass – absolutely no over-stocking

4 Health management

a Regular vaccine, deworming (rotation of four different wormers)

b Managed feeding programme

c Monthly hooves management with farriers

d Vet seminars and training for workers

5 Target 80 per cent conception each breeding season (achieved every year so far)

6 Target 100 per cent foal liveability — not yet achieved. Systems setup include:

a Designated sick bay

b Intravenous fluid support

c Vet call outs

d Stocking of a vast array of medication to initiate treatment immediately

HORSE INVENTORY

Two stallions Bern Identity and Key To Power. Twenty-five resident mares owned by Paradise. Ten resident mares owned by third party clients. Total head count varies between 60 and 80 depending on time of year (foaling season versus when yearling leave the farm). The vast majority of mares are imported from the USA, from purchases mainly from the Kentucky Breeding Stock Sales in November and January each year. This has been supplemented by purchases of mares from the OBS Sales in Ocala, Florida.

THE STALLIONS

Bern Identity ( Bernstein Maddalena)

One of the top racing performers ever to stand in Jamaica with earning approaching US$1 million from only 13 starts. Grade Two winner and multiple graded stakes placed who competed with top horses in his time including Goldencents. Bern Identity beat horses such as Overanalyze, Itsmyluckyday, Hightail, My Lute and Strapping Groom.

High performance two-year-old who was able to race late into his four-year old career — his race record is 13 starts, six wins, three second, and three third place finishes. A solid dirt performer.

Hails from the mighty Storm Cat line.

Key To Power ( A.P. Indy - Exotic Wood)

Solid performer who earned over US$400,000 — with 12 wins from 39 starts spanning a career from a three-year-old to when he was seven. A stakes winner, and son of the renowned A.P. Indy, this tough and sound racer is deemed as a good stallion prospect for Jamaica.

MARES

Most of the mares are young, with offspring yet to race. We have owned mares such as:

Jamaican Dream (in partnership with Richard Azan) — producer of Boy Wonder. Jamaican Dream died this year.

Thanatos — produced Royal Command ( 3rd in Jamaica Derby to Miracle Man )

Santa Baby — produced Drone Strike — 2018 Derby winner

PERSONNEL

The farm is owned and operated by Ian Parsard. Farm personnel include:

1 Ferrari Brown – head stallion manager and overall farm supervisor

2 Enron Williamson and Devin Lindsay – hard-working and professional horsemen who care deeply about the horses and their welfare.

YEARLINGS FOR 2019 TOBA SALE

1 Bay filly — Bern IdentityGentle Officer

2 Bay filly — Bern IdentityJamaican Dream

3 Chestnut colt — Strong MandateMoonlight Brew

4 Chestnut colt — Bern IdentityKeep The Faith

5 Chestnut filly — Bern IdentityProud Song (Dr Graham Brown)

6 Bay colt — Bern IdentityQuiet Grandeur

7 Bay colt — TapizarBlues In The Grass

8 Bay colt — Bern IdentityKiri

9 Bay colt — Bern IdentityBubble Gal Bubble

10 Bay colt — Berlino Di TigerSanta Baby

11 Chestnut colt — Bern IdentityBlufield

12 Bay colt — Western ClassicAngel of Light

13 Chestnut filly — Bern Identityoman Is Boss

14 Bay colt — Bern IdentityUrgent Appeal

15 Bay colt — Bern IdentityForce Factor

16 Bay colt — Bern IdentitySilver Shadows

17 Bay colt — Bern IdentityPrincess Shaneil (O'Neil Hinds)

18 Bay colt — Bern IdentityWonder Girl

19 Bay filly — Bern IdentityWings of Hope


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