Spendthrift Farm, the Culture of Thoroughbred Breeding

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Spendthrift Farm is more than meets the eye, with its rich history and reputation of producing champions, this is farm perfect for all types of horse lovers.

Kentucky, being the horse capital of the world, is known for its abundant population of horse lovers and derby spenders. That is why Spendthrift Farm fits right in, in the heart of Kentucky. Spendthrift Farm has kept true to its name by producing legendary horses, that bring home the gold.

Nashua, an American Thoroughbred best known for his legendary race in 1955, was the first horse of his breed syndicated for over 1 million dollars. Since then, the farm has housed two triple crown winners and eight different Kentucky Derby winners. The exceptional reputation of the farm inspired Queen Elizabeth to visit in the 80’s and more recently, George W. Bush.

The name “spendthrift” comes from an inside joke among the earliest owner, Leslie Combs, and his uncle, Daniel. Daniel’s wife, known for taking luxurious shopping trips in New York, begged to have a horse named after her. It was then that Daniel named a horse “Spendthrift” in her honor and later, the farm adopted the name.

The house, originally built in 1827, was transformed into this prestigious farm by Leslie Combs in 1937. B. Wayne Hughes purchased the farm in 2003 after falling in love with horses and the state of Kentucky. Now, the farm has 250 horses on 1200 acres. The primary function of the farm is a stud farm with its highest stud fee at $150,000.

To learn more about Spendthrift Farm, visit their website.

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