The original Adena Springs farm in Kentucky, consisting of 640 acres located on Route 60 just outside of Versailles, was purchased in August of 1989. The oldest known inhabitants of the land were the Adena Indians, who had been attracted to the area by quality of the water in the free-flowing local springs. The farm was named after the Adenas, both as a tribute and as a commitment to perpetuate in this land the grace, spirit and strength they instilled there.
In 2005 we purchased more than 2,000 acres in Bourbon County, KY, and designed a magnificent, state-of-the-art facility for this fresh land. In August 2007, we moved our entire Kentucky operation, including the all of our stallions, to Paris, KY, beginning a new chapter in our Central Kentucky history.
Adena Springs South began operation in October of 1996 with the purchase of the 453-acre Lin-Drake Farm, located just north of Ocala in Williston, Florida. In November of 1997, an additional 553 acres were purchased on nearby State Highway 318. The following June, the purchase of two adjacent tracts of land brought the total amount of acreage in Florida to 1100.
The expansion to the farm’s current state was completed in July of 1999, when an additional 1050 acres were purchased directly across Highway 318. This has allowed us to centralize our entire regional operation in one location, as Adena Springs South now encompasses some 3800 acres of some of the best land on which to raise horses in Florida. It is here that our young racing prospects receive their early lessons on our one-mile main track. The training center also features eight spacious 36-stall barns, constructed with the safety and welfare of our horses and staff as number one priorities.
When Adena Springs began operation, it was with the thought that it would be a private nursery, designed to provide horses for the Stronach Stable racing operation. These goals changed dramatically, almost from the beginning, and the focus of the farm is now epitomized by our approach to sales and stallions.
From the start, the Stronach family has been firmly committed to offering the best stallion roster anywhere, and we are extremely proud of our success.
The late El Prado was Champion Sire in North America in 2002 and ranked #2 the following two seasons. His line is being carried on by his exceptional young sons Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy, himself a Champion Sire.
Awesome Again carried the Adena Springs colors to victory in a historic renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in 1998. He has gone on to be a prolific sire of elite runners, siring 14 Grade 1 winners, including four Breeders’ Cup Champions. Noted breeding expert John Sparkman said of Awesome Again: "...it is the sheer brilliance of his best offspring that ranks (Awesome Again) among the most important and successful contemporary stallions.”
Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Ghostzapper is Awesome Again’s best runner to date and he is perhaps the best runner to carry the Stronach Stables silks. He too won the Breeders' Cup Classic (in stakes record time) and now stands alongside his sire. Ghostzapper has emerged as an important stallion in his own right. He has ranked among the leading sires of Graded winners in North America in 2012 and 2013 and his lifetime Stakes winners, Stakes horses and Graded winners from starters percentages are among the very best stallions in North America.
Macho Uno is another Breeders’ Cup winner campaigned under the Adena Springs black, red and gold and he has also become a top class sire. He was the #5 first crop sire in 2007 and has ranked as a top ten Kentucky sire in 2012 and 2013. He has sired such exceptional runners as 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man, who will join his sire on the 2015 Adena Springs stallion roster.
Adena Springs has sought to offer North American breeders stallions from best bloodlines not only on this continent but from around the world. The Sadler's Wells son El Prado, for example, was bred in Ireland and raced in Europe. Adena’s current roster includes the Japanese-bred Silent Name, a multiple graded-winning son of the immortal Sunday Silence, and the German-bred Musketier, a Group winner at 2 and a Graded winner at 10. Adena Springs also stands the Brazillian-bred Einstein, a five-time Grade 1 winner in North America. Einstein's first crop, 3yo's of 2014, already features several promsing runners.
Adena Springs stallions now stand in Kentucky, Ontario, Canada and Maryland. Along with Silent Name and Musketier, the Canadian roster includes two-time Santa Anita H. (G1) winner Milwaukee Brew, Champion Sire in Canada in 2009. Standing at Heritage Stallions in Maryland for 2014: Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, Plan, Showing Up and Ghostzapper's champion son Hunters Bay.
As if to emphasize both the breadth and depth of our commitment to the art and science of the Thoroughbred, Adena Springs was the Leading Breeder in North America by earnings for 10 consecutive years (2003 - 2012). Adena Springs/Frank Stronach has also earned a record eight Eclipse Awards as Outstanding Breeder, including an unprecedented five consecutive awards from 2004 to 2008. We are the only breeder in history to win the Eclipse Award and the Sovereign Award the same year, and we achieved this feat four straight years from 2005 to 2008. Frank Stronach/Adena Springs has won a co-record nine Sovereign Awards as Outstanding Breeder in Canada across three different decades (1984, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).
The Adena Springs breeding program has produced three Broodmares of the Year since 2000: Baby Zip (2005), Primarily (Canada), Primal Force (2000).
Stronach Stable has bred and/or campaigned more than 225 stakes winners. This impressive collection is topped by Champions Ghostzapper (also a Hall of Famer), Macho Uno, Ginger Punch, Perfect Sting, Hunters Bay and Phantom Light, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Red Bullet, and the additional Grade I winners Game on Dude, Sugar Shake, Citronnade, Spun Sugar, Milwaukee Brew, Golden Missile and Collect the Cash.
Many of these runners have returned to Adena Springs Farm as stallions or as broodmares, ensuring the success of our program for generations to come.