Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain is at the cutting edge of a new era at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.
Australian owners Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford had numerous options for Americain’s northern base but chose the celebrated stud which is ready to reclaim its rightful place as a Bluegrass institution.
Founded in 1924, Calumet’s breeding success was anchored by champion stallions Bull Lea and English import Blenheim. It topped the prizemoney list year after year and its graduates included the Triple Crown champions Whirlaway and Citation among 11 horses elected to the USA Hall of Fame.
Calumet fell victim to mismanagement in the 1990s but it’s back on a pedestal with Fortune 400 owner Brad Kelley who purchased the historic Lexington property last year.
Kelley made his money in the tobacco industry and his investment returned its first classic success when Oxbow won last month’s G1 Preakness Stakes. It was his first Preakness but the 8th for Calumet.
There have also been 8 Kentucky Derby winners emerge from the 762 acre establishment which is located right next to Keeneland racecourse.
Swettenham Stud’s sales and marketing manager Chris Belli has just returned from Kentucky after inspecting Americain. “Calumet’s manager Eddie Kane was very hospitable and the whole area around Lexington was magnificent,” Belli said. “The farm itself is spectacular and they have been very happy with Americain.
“He’s a real professional in the breeding barn and is handling the workload without any problems. He’s served a number of stakes producing mares – his first in foal is Raw Gold and she was a G2 winner at Hollywood Park.
“I felt privileged to spend time with such an incredible horse. Americain has a lovely temperament, has let down well and looks as though he’s really enjoying Kentucky.
“Adam Sangster and the rest of the team at Swettenham are really looking forward to seeing him back in Australia.”
Americain (Dynaformer) will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee for his first southern season at Swettenham. “The bookings have been strong and I’m sure he will be full before our open day on August 25,” Belli added. “We’re available at any time if breeders want to call for more details.”
Broodmare owners can contact Adam Sangster (0418 543 633) or Chris Belli (0417 514 552) for further information on Americain and the other six stallions on the Swettenham roster this year.
– Karl Patterson