Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

  • Enjoyed great success in 2013 when Rebel Stakes runner-up Oxbow rewarded him with his first Triple Crown victory in the Preakness Stakes. Last year, they were ranked 20th nationally with $2,525,901 in earnings from 39 wins and have already gotten 2017 off to a fast start with five wins. Calumet currently has horses at Oaklawn with Hall of Fame trainers Steve Asmussen and D. Wayne Lukas.
  • On May 3, 2012, it was announced that historic 800-acre Calumet Farm had been sold to the Calumet Investment Trust for an estimated $36-$40 million. At that time it also was announced that Kelley, thought to be one of the trustees, would lease Calumet Farm from the trust. All of the horses from his other two farms, Hurricane Hall and Bluegrass Hall, were relocated to Calumet Farm.
  • Calumet, under previous ownership, won the Fantasy Stakes three times and all three fillies went on to earn the Eclipse Award as Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. These were Our Mims (1977), Davona Dale (1979) and Heavenly Cause (1981). Oaklawn has a barn named in honor of Davona Dale.
  • Kelley is a former stockholder in Churchill Downs Inc. and also owned Kentucky Downs, located in his former hometown of Franklin, which sits on the border with Tennessee.
  • A self-made man, who founded Commonwealth Tobacco, producer of discounted cigarettes, in 1990. He sold the company in 2001 for $1 billion. He invested in and owns 1.2 million acres of land in Texas, Florida and New Mexico, which makes him one of the 10 largest landowners in America. 
  • Is an active wildlife conservationist, spending millions of dollars conserving such animals as black rhinos and white rhinos, pigmy hippos, okapi, impalas, white bearded wildebeests, gazelles and Eastern bongos.