Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Claiborne Farm

This past weekend we had some family visiting, so we took them to Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.

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This year the farm is celebrating its 100 years as a successful Thoroughbred breeder and caretaker.
You might know a horse named Secretariat from that Disney movie.
This was where he was conceived, raised, and lived his whole life at.

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It costs the farm over $5 million each year to take care of the horses residing there.

The annual fee for this horse Pulpit is $50,000 and his earnings throughout his career is $730K.

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This guy Arch, $30,000 annually just to take care of him.

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I am in the wrong business.
I ought to give horse breeding another thought...

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I was amazed learning how much each horse makes from races and breeding. Astonishing.
This explains all the fancy houses in my neighborhood.

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The horse "circle" here is a whole new and complicated world to me. Mares, stallions, foals, Breeder's Cup, Thoroughbreds, needless to say the horses' fancy names. But I was happy to learn that horses love peppermints, like the ones you get in restaurants.

With a $750K price tag and this horse here prefers a cheap peppermint?

Yeee Ha!

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