Historically, Runnymede Farm sold its entire foal crop and retained very few horses for racing purposes. In 2003, Catesby W. Clay, in partnership with Arthur B. Hancock III, bred Meribel, a filly they decided to race. Meribel went on to be a graded stakes-winning earner of more than $500,000. Based in part on her success, Clay and Runnymede began racing more of the horses bred and raised at the farm as opposed to selling entire crops. The reason for the decision was simple: racing is thrilling and potentially very financially rewarding.
Since 2006, Clay and Runnymede, in partnership with others including our longtime friend Peter Callahan, have retained more than 20 horses to race and have experienced much success. Included in that group have been Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) (G1)runner and multiple group stakes-placed Dancing David; Bourbon Stakes (G3) winner Rogue Romance, who finished third in the 2010 Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) and has earned more than $320,000, and Bizzy Caroline, winner of the 2011 Regret Stakes (G3) and second in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.