Runnymede’s record of longstanding and fruitful partnerships extends as far back as the nearly 150-year history of the farm. For decades, Runnymede founder Col. Ezekiel Clay and his neighbor, Col. Catesby Woodford, bred and sold some of the most notable horses of that era in partnership.
Current Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay continued the custom by joining with Howard B. Noonan and his family in the 1970s. Together, they bred such significant runners as Angle Light, who made history by defeating the great Secretariat prior to his sweep of the Triple Crown. In the late 1980s, Catesby Clay and Runnymede found a partner who has become a lifetime friend, Peter Callahan. The Runnymede/Callahan partnership has bred many outstanding horses, including Japanese champion and $8-million earner Agnes Digital.
Some of Runnymede's greatest accomplishments were achieved in partnership with others, and in 2011 we are looking forward not only to breeding more great horses but also racing several promising two-year-olds with our partners. We are proud to be joined this year by a partner new to racing and we consider it a privilege to share the Thoroughbred lifestyle and hopefully attract more people to our sport.
We also work with our partners in other ways, including boarding our jointly owned or their individually owned mares and offering our expertise in every level of horse care and management. Our services include guidance on matings, yearling sales preparation and advice on both buying and selling at auction.
Seldom is greatness achieved through only one person's efforts. We salute our partners of the past, present and future and welcome the opportunity to discuss our many services.