Thoroughbred Breeding, Racing and Sales.
Based out of South Florida, the goal of Irish Eyes Stable is to breed quality thoroughbreds to successfully compete at the State and National levels. We have acquired well bred broodmares to breed to top sires. The foals are placed in the hands of the Vinson family at Verbarctic Farm. They are proven professionals who are best equipped to nourish, educate and train young horses in order to give them the best opportunity to flourish and succeed. Investors and partners of Irish Eyes Stable are not just sitting on the sidelines...they are part of the family. We believe that communication is essential and provide regular updates on the progress of your horses so you always know what is happening at Irish Eyes Stable.
We take pride in the family atmosphere that surrounds Irish Eyes Stable and welcome new partnerships with the same values.
Irish Eyes Stable, L.L.C was established in 2008 by former professional jockeys Gary Donahue and John Donahue. Throughout the years many people have expressed an interest in horse ownership but the costs outweighs the risk for most potential investors. By creating investment partnership opportunities the cost is shared and the risk is minimized, therefore ownership becomes an affordable reality. We now have partners who share our vision and directly contribute to the success of Irish Eyes Stable. Gary is a hands on managing partner and makes it his priority to be available to the partners. He believes that the insight and suggestions of all partners is the driving force behind Irish Eyes Stable.
Become involved in the Sport of Kings without paying a king's ransom. Choose to become a partner in Irish Eyes Stable or invest as a fractional shareholder. What could be more exciting then watching your horse as it races down the stretch towards the finish line? The thrill of thoroughbred ownership can be yours with a small investment and minimal risk. Contact us today and join the exciting world of thoroughbred horse racing, breeding and sales.
Our team takes a personal interest in each and every horse. The business is handled with dedication and focus, keeping the best interests of our partners in mind. The care, breeding and prep work is in very capable hands.
Irish Eyes will purchase a weanling for an investor and then prepare the young horse for the yearling sales in Florida or Kentucky . The weanling sales start in the fall and the yearling sales are the following year ten months later.
Stallion Seasons / Shares and Mare Mating:
We select the proper stallion for each mare through e-nick rating and TrueNicks. Irish Eyes also negotiates with the stallion owners to ascertain the fair market value of stallion shares.
We oversee the portfolios of horses ranging from broodmares to weanlings and from 2-year olds to horses of racing age. Our team of qualified experts possess more than enough experience within the racing industry. Our team of trainers is in constant contact with Irish Eyes Management and provides detailed written progress of weanlings, yearlings, 2 year olds and mares in foal under their care and supervision. Clients have the option to be included in daily email updates and receive quarterly video updates and analysis.
In partnership with Circle 8 Ranch we had our first foal born on 3/02/2020 a filly by Tapizar out of first year mom Celtic Moonlight. Tapizar a Breeders' Cup Champion. Tapizar a leading miler by Tapit, no other fourth-crop sire had more graded stakes winners in 2019. Tapizar has 200 winners, 22 stakes horses, ten stakes winners, 14 graded stakes horses, with over $17 million in progeny earnings . SIRE OF CHAMPION MONOMOY GIRL 5X G1 winner Kentucky Oaks (G1), Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), etc. ($2,954,750) 2019 Leading Runners incl. JELTRIN (G2W), HONEY BUNNY (G3W), LASTING LEGACY (SW, ‘TDN Rising Star’), AMALFI COAST (SW), Top Line Growth (GSP), Portrait (GSP), etc. 2019 Yearlings Sold for $160,000, $150,000, $135,000, etc. Celtic retired with earnings of over $106,000. Celtic will be bred to Congrats standing at Winstar Farm in KY. We will have a limited amount of shares available in this filly when she is weaned from her mom in six or seven months.
In partnership with Going In Circles LLC here is our colt born on 3/28/2020. He is by Bucchero out of Birthday Suit Birthday is a 2013 B/M By Freud (Storm Cat). The second mare, Diane's Birthday, is a stakes winner and a grade 3 producer. Bucchero a Multiple Grade 2 winner with back to back victories in the Woodford Stakes at Keeneland.
In partnership with Going In Circles LLC, St.Pat's Day is our yearling filly born on 3/17/2019 out of Birthday Suit by Valiant Minister. Birthday is a 2013 B/M By Freud (Storm Cat). The second mare, Diane's Birthday, is a stakes winner and a grade 3 producer and is Birthday's second foal. Valiant Minister by Candy Ride who was a Debut MdSpWt winnerat Santa Anita by 2 1/4-lengths, defeating LORD SIMBA who won the Los Angeles S. (G3) at SA just two starts later.
In a hand ride, he earned a 3 1/2 Ragozin, 99 Beyer, & 108 BRIS in his debut: "Freaky. He's probably the fastest first-time starter I've ever trained." — Bob Baffert
Record-priced $680,000 OBS June 2-year-old after breezing a bullet eight of a mile in :9 4/5 seconds.
By champion sire CANDY RIDE (Arg) — sire of Horse of the Year Gun Runner (G1) and many more
Out of a 100% producing DEPUTY MINISTER mare, and a full brother to G1-placed Moe Candy & G3-placed Holy Candy; second dam is G1 winner LUNAR SPOOK. This nice looking yearling filly is under the care of Katie Miranda of White Lilac consignment .We have a limited amount of shares available.
Jess, a two year old colt born on Feb 3,2018 out of Birthday Suit. Jess is by Jess's Dream who is by Curlin and out of Rachel Alexandra. Birthday Suit is an unraced filly is out of a stakes winning and a grade 3 producing mare Diane's Birthday. Jess's Reserve is the first foal out of Birthday Suit. Jess is out of the same family of recent graded winner Golden Brown earner of $493,000 in 2019. Jess Reserve and Golden Brown's moms are sisters. Jess's Dream named a TDN Rising Star after impressively breaking his maiden first-time out in a Saratoga MdSpWt, earning a 90 Beyer
The only horse at stud by a Horse of the Year, out of a Horse of the Year, and the only horse at stud by a Classic winner, out of a Classic winner. Also the only colt ever by a Preakness winner and out of a Preakness winner
By 7-time G1 winner, 2-time Horse of the Year, and leading sire CURLIN
Out of 5-time G1 winner and Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA, the first 3-year-old filly to be Horse of the Year since the creation of the Eclipse Awards in 1971
Half-sister RACHEL'S VALENTINA, the only other offspring out of Rachel Alexandra, won the Spinaway S. (G1) at Saratoga as a 2-year-old. Jess was sold at the OBS sales on June 11th to Four Horsemen Stable based out of South Florida.
Irish Dream Girl, born April 5, 2018. She is by Soldat a multiple graded stakes-winning son of War Front who defied tradition by breaking his maiden in a grade III stakes. Out of the Coronado's Quest mare Le Relais, Soldat got his first win in the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III). He went on to finish second in the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park and was length behind Pluck in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
As a 3-year-old, Soldat won the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The colt raced for Harvey Clarke, W. Craig Robertson III, Paul Braverman, and Namcook Stable. He ended his racing career with four wins out of 12 starts and total earnings $622.760.
This nice looking two year filly is under the care of Katie Miranda of White Lilac consignment . Irish Orchid who has also produced a 2019 multiple winning three year old Celtic Treasure winner of 4 races in 2019, Celtic is Irish's first foal. We have 5 to 30 shares are available with this filly for a racing partnership in FL.
Finn was born on April 10, 2017 out of A Penny At A Time. Finn is by Soldat, a multiple graded SW at 2 and 3 on both dirt & turf. He was also 2nd in the 2010 BC Juvenile Turf. Soldat is a War Front stallion standing at Woodford Thoroughbreds. He's half to multiple winners Celtic Moonlight, Irish Wildcat, Irish Orchid, Celtic City and recent winner I Stand Corrected on 9/12/2019, they are winners on dirt and turf. Finn is back in light training in Ocala FL.
A Penny At A Time is a 2000 CH/M by Pentelicus with earnings of $37,320. She is the mare to Irish Wildcat, winner on dirt and turf, mare to multiple winners Celtic City, Irish Orchid, Irish Wildcat, Celtic Moonlight and I Stand Corrected. Penny had a colt by first year stallion Bucchero standing At Pleasant Aces farm in Ocala, FL. Penny will be going to Valiant Minister at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, FL.
Birthday Suit is a 2013 B/M By Freud (Storm Cat). The first mare, Diane's Birthday, is a stakes winner and a grade 3 producing mare. Birthday Suit was injured before she was to go into the 2015 two year old sale. She was bred to first year stallion Jess's Dream who is by Curlin out of Rachel Alexandra. Birthday Suit had her first foal a colt by Jess's Dream on 2/3/2018, named Jess's Reserve. Birthday had a filly on St. Patrick's Day 4/17/2019 by first year stallion Valiant Minister, a Candy Ride stallion standing at Bridlewood Farm . Birthday had a colt by Bucchero on 3/28/ 2020. Birthday will be going to Adios Charlie at Ocala Stud farm in Ocala, FL . Breeding partnerships are available at a limited basis with Birthday.
Celtic is a 2014 DK Bay filly by City Place, a Storm Cat stallion. Celtic is out of a multiple producing mare, A Penny At A Time. She's half to Irish Orchid, Celtic City, Irish Wildcat and I Stand Corrected. Celtic retires with earnings of over 100K. In partnership with Circle 8 Ranch Celtic had a filly on 3/02/2020 by Tapizar, Celtic will be going to Congrats at Winstar Farm in KY. Breeding partnerships are available at a limited basis with Celtic Moonlight.
Irish Orchid is a 2010 DK B/M by With Distinction out of Penny At A Time. She is half to multiple winners Celtic City, Irish Wildcat and Celtic Moonlight. Irish ran only four times with a winning record of 2 wins and a third. She had her first foal, a 2016 colt by Treasure Beach . Irish had a filly by Soldat on 4/5/2018 named Irish Dream Girl. Irish was bred to Adios Charlie at Ocala Stud
in Ocala, Fl . Breeding partnerships are available with Irish Orchid. Irish has been retired from breeding
Joining a thoroughbred horse racing partnership is one of the most affordable and smart ways for new owners to enjoy all the fun of an insider for a fraction of the cost. By spreading out the expense of a race horse and relying on experienced industry professionals to select and manage their horses, people with limited equine background can increase their chances of a successful experience in one of the most rewarding sports around. Rather then 100 percent ownership of a horse and losing the entire investment if the horse retires prematurely, some investors choose to invest in smaller shares among
multiple horses to minimize risk . Partnerships are also a good option if you just want to dip your toe in the water before committing significant resources by building your own stable. You can participate in and learn about the industry from the ground up before venturing out on your own.
Irish Eyes Stable offers a percentage in each thoroughbred they purchase or claim from a race. The minimum buy into a horse is five percent. The initial investment covers the purchase price of the horse and all expenses from the date the horse was purchased until the beginning of the current month. These expenses cover training, vet supplies, fees, vanning , blacksmith, legal fees and tax preparation. Our partnerships offer the comfort and safety of risk shared among a group of investors. The pooled assets of our partnerships will maximize our ability to purchase high quality horses that might not be affordable to a single investor.
Partners are billed monthly in a detailed statement. Monthly cost will vary depending if the horse is training at the race track or at a training center in Ocala, FL. Unanticipated vet costs may also increase monthly costs.
If a horse is sold Irish Eyes Stable is to receive five percent of the profits. No additional management fees will ever be charged and there no expense mark-ups.
There are multiple ways to earn a return on your investment in addition to participating at the highest level of racing. The first way is through purse earnings. Owners of a horse earning a purse will receive a disbursement check within 10 days. The second way is though the revenues earned if a horse is sold. The horse may be sold for racing or breeding.
Before you invest in a horse you should understand how much your monthly maintenance expenses will be. The initial expense of purchasing your potential star is just the beginning of your financial layout.
This is why investment partnerships are the most economical approach to ownership. Cost is divided among partners based on the percentage of investment, making it substantially more affordable to own thoroughbred race horses.
Day rates include all the feed, staffing, equipment and housing that it takes to train your horse. Items not included in your day rate would be veterinary care, farrier, transportation, insurance for your horse, taxes and any special items your horse may need.
Keep in mind that the following fee structures are based on 100 % ownership. For example, a partner with 5% investment would pay $4.50 per horse each day at the race track rather than $95.00 per day. The foaling fee would be $13.75 as opposed to $275.00.
Race track rates vary between $75-$95 per horse per day. Away from the race track the training center rate is $65-$75 per day. A training center is a good alternative between the track and the farm. It is a great place to get your yearling turning 2 year old breezing prior to going to the race track where there is more activity.
Farm day rate is $25-$35 per horse. This is a good place to get your yearling started and save money. Some farms have their own training tracks. A farm is also the perfect place for an older horse to receive some rest and relaxation before heading back the race track.
Broodmares are boarded for $25-$35 per day depending on locale and if they are in the pasture full time or need stall care. Broodmares usually have very little veterinary unless it's breeding season. A mare's feet are trimmed every 4-5 weeks.