Pin Oak Stud to Disperse Remaining Herd

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Pin Oak Stud announced today that they will be selling their remaining broodmares, weanlings and some racing fillies at Fasig-Tipton sell on September 5th. 

The farm has been one of the country's most successful Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations over the past sixty years. Denali Stud will handle the sale as an agent for Pin Oak. Separate from the main group are 14 yearlings that will be offered in the Keeneland September Sale and one yearling is entered in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. The farm will keep 14 retired mares and horses. 

"This has been part of Ms. Abercrombie's plan all along, as we have been selling mares and downsizing the past few years," said farm manager Clifford Barry. "Actually, in keeping to her plan, we have sold more yearlings than we kept in training the past couple of years."

A few of the 24 horses going to auction includes:

  • OVERHEARD - Winner of Pin Oak Valley View (G2) and Dance Smartly Stakes (G3) - In foal to multiple G1 winner MCKINZIE.

  • GOLD MEDAL DANCER - Winner of Azeri Stakes (G2) and placed in La Troienne (g1) and Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) - in foal to MUNNINGS

  • DONT LEAVE ME - Winner of Bourbonette Oaks (G3) and Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) - In foal to AUTHENTIC

  • POINT WINNER - Stakes winner - In foal to IMPROBABLE

The 2021 foals out of these mares are also a part of the sale. These weanlings are by sires such as MEDAGLIA D'ORO, STREET SENSE, GHOSTZAPPER, CANDY RIDE, FLATTER and JUSTIFY. 

"We have been fortunate to represent Pin Oak Stud for over 15 years. I've always considered it a compliment to have the Denali Stud name associated with Pin Oak and Josephine Abercromobie. Their pursuit of excellence, their integrity and their highest level of horsemanship has made representing them an honor, not a job," said Craig Bandoroff. "Although I'm saddened to see this day comoe, I'm proud that we have been asked to represent a woman and a farm that I admire and revere. We will do our best to represent not just an accomplished horsewoman and her legacy but an incredible person who has positively impacted many lives through her various endeavors."

Pin Oak Stud was recognized as 1995 National Thoroughbred Breeder of the Year. They have campaigned and produced over 100 stakes winners. Ms. Abercrombie received the William T. Young Humanitarian Award and the Hardboot Award. In 2018, she was named the Thoroughbred Club of America Honor Guest. 

"The names Josephine Abercrombie and Pin Oak Stud are synonymous with excellence and quality," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. "Ms. Abercrombie is a pillar of the Thoroughbred industry and our local community. Her legacy will carry forward through the lives of the many people she impacted and these Thoroughbred families she cultivated and developed."

As a youth, Josephine Abercrombie was an accomplished rider competing successfully in the Saddlebred world. She entered the Thoroughbred industry in 1949 when she purchased a group of sales yearlings in partnership with her father, J. S. Abercrombie, a Houston oilman. A few years later, they purchased 1,348 acres in Woodford County, Kentucky, calling it Pin Oak. The farm originally raised cattle, tobacco, asparagus and other crops, and began raising Thoroughbreds. 

The stable's first stakes horse was MAKE A PLAY in 1953 with the Astarita Stakes. In 1955, they won the Louisiana Derby with ROMAN PATROL and continued with grade one winners in the early years. 

In the 80s, Josephine focused on her bloodstock operation and designed a new farm on the original property. She transformed 750 acres of land into a Thoroughbred nursery. The new farm included standing a select group of stallions. Over the years, SKY CLASSIC, MARIA'S MON, PEAKS AND VALLEYS, and BROKEN VOW called Pin Oak home. ALTERNATION was the farm's first homebred sire. 

The farm continued to succeed earning many honors and developing several top horses such as Eclipse Award winning LAUGH AND BE MERRY as champion turf female. SKY CLASSIC won the Eclipse Award for champion turf horse. And their broodmare band was filled with multiple stakes winning mares.


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