Oxbow, Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 18th May 2013
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Sire: Awesome Again. Dam: Tizamazing
As Oxbow neared the finish line of the Preakness Stakes, Calumet Farm’s Manager Eddie Kane, watching the race at home with his wife and children, couldn’t believe it. “We didn’t envision it to happen so quickly,” he said. “People try all their lives and never accomplish this. Doing it under the Calumet Farm banner made it even better.”
Immediately, Kane was on the phone with his boss, Brad Kelley, the man who had taken the challenge of re-inventing one of the storied farms in racing history. “As soon as they hit the wire, I was on the phone with him,” Kane said. “He was pretty emotional. He said his mom and dad watched the race from his home. Mr. Kelley was the guy who ultimately picked Oxbow out at the sale.”
Understandably, the mood at Calumet Farm went off the charts following the Preakness. “Everybody was excited,” Kane said. “I think I was the only one of the farm who didn’t bet the horse. My money would stop a herd of buffalo.”
Fortunately, Kane and Kelley deal with Thoroughbreds.
Kane had worked for Will Farish for 20 years at Lanes End Farm before accepting a job with Kelley. “I wasn’t going to leave Lane’s End for any other job,” Kane said. “I had to know it was the right job. After talking to Mr. Kelley, he seemed like and is a very good guy to work for. He’s a regular guy.”
A very wealthy, regular guy. Kelley’s estimated net worth is reported to be $1.9 billion and he is also reportedly the fourth largest landowner in the United States. Kelley, 56, had already accomplished more than several men when he decided to buy Calumet in May, 2012, more than three years after Kelley hired Kane to help his breeding operation. “We never really started talking about Calumet until much later,” Kane said.
Now, thanks to Oxbow, people are talking about Calumet again. The farm is relevant again. Thanks to Kelley. “He’s got a pretty good vision,” Kane said. We’re starting to get stallions on the farm. We’re talking about what type of mares he wants. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows how to get it done. I’m just glad to be part of it.”