Runnymede’s longtime friend and partner Peter Callahan is featured in the July 2 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.
In a Winner's Circle column written by Executive Editor Evan Hammonds, Callahan is profiled after 25 years in the Thoroughbred business that have been intertwined with Runnymede.
After meeting farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay and Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd in the mid-1980s, publishing executive Callahan has enjoyed some major success as an owner and a breeder, with his most recent victory coming in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs with Scotus. In the following race, Runnymede homebred Bizzy Caroline won the Regret Stakes (G3).
Callahan’s other high-profile runners include Beautician, who was second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Spinaway Stakes (G1) and who earned more than $500,000. Beautician was retired earlier this year after winning the Pan Zareta Stakes at the Fair Grounds and is now enjoying the summer at Runnymede while in foal to leading sire Street Cry.
Together, Callahan and Runnymede have bred such remarkable runners as Japanese champion and $8-million earner Agnes Digital and Grade 1 winner Awesome Gem, who has bankrolled more than $2.5-million to date.
“We don’t think of him as a client; we think of him as a friend,” O’Dowd is quoted in The Blood-Horse. “Anything we do for ourselves, we do for him.”