Gainesway Farm

Gainesway Farm is an American Thoroughbred horse breeding business in Lexington, Kentucky. It was originally called Greentree Farms.

The 1,500 acre (6 km²) property has been home to stallions such as Youth and Exceller and numerous others who are buried on the property. Among the current stallion roster is Tapit, sire of 4 Breeders' Cup winners since 2008 and 2013 Leading U.S.-based Yearling Sire.

In 1995, under the name Gainesway Stable, owner Graham Beck partnered with Robert and Beverly Lewis and William T. Young of Overbrook Farm in the ownership and racing of Timber Country who won the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 1995 Preakness Stakes.


Gainesway is home to the following stallions:

2018 Roster
Stallion Birth Year Pedigree Stud Fee ($)
Afleet Alex 2002 Northern Afleet x Maggy Hawk (Hawkster) 8,500
Anchor Down 2011 Tapit x Successful Outlook (Orientate) 10,000
Birdstone 2001 Grindstone x Dear Birdie (Storm Bird) 5,000
Bird Song 2013 Unbridled's Song x Bird Town (Cape Town) 5,000
Empire Maker 2000 Unbridled x Toussaud (El Gran Senor) 85,000
Karakontie (JPN) 2011 Bernstein x Sun Is Up (Sunday Silence) 10,000
Tapit 2001 Pulpit x Tap Your Heels (Unbridled) 300,000
Tapizar 2008 Tapit x Winning Call (Deputy Minister) 12,500
To Honor and Serve 2008 Bernardini x Pilfer (Deputy Minister) 7,500

Historic stallionsEdit


The Farm was formed by John R. Gaines, considered the founder of the Breeders Cup.[1] Originally located off of Tates Creek Pike in Lexington, this property was sold for development, and the thoroughbred division of Gainesway Farm,[citation needed] under the ownership of John R. Gaines, was moved to the present location on Paris Pike in Lexington.

In 1989, Gainesway Farm was sold to South African horseman Graham J. Beck, whose acquisition included what was once the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney farm properties established in 1915 by Harry Payne Whitney, plus the parcel belonging to Payne Whitney's Greentree Stud.

Notable managersEdit

One of the managers of Gainesway Farm was Joseph Lannon Taylor. He began his career in the horse industry as the farm manager at Gainesway Farm, where he raised many world-class standardbreds and thoroughbreds and was influential in developing Gainesway Farm. During his time there, Taylor saw six Gainesway stallions lead the world's sire list, the American sire list, or the European sire list: Bold Bidder, Vaguely Noble, Lyphard, Blushing Groom, Riverman, and Sharpen Up. After managing at Gainesway for 40 years, he retired in 1990.

Burial siteEdit

The C. V. Whitney Farm, which is now part of Gainesway, is the final resting place of several champion thoroughbreds. Some of the Whitney/Gainesway horses buried here include:


Gainesway Farm has also been designated as a Level II arboretum by ArbNet.[2] The farm has over 1,500 acres (6 km²) of decorative plants, floral displays, and tree collections that are nurtured by a full-time horticulture staff. Of particular note are the more than 45 different kinds of oaks, including a California Valley Oak and an Oglethorpe, that have been planted.

2007 salesEdit

At the Saratoga Yearling sales in August, Gainesway had a sales topper with a chestnut Mr. Greeley colt that sold for $2.2 million to Team Valor and will be syndicated. The colt has been named Kinsella after well-known baseball writer W. P. Kinsella, whose book, Shoeless Joe, was adapted into the movie "Field of Dreams".


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Coordinates: 38°06′25″N 84°23′17″W / 38.107°N 84.388°W / 38.107; -84.388