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.

About Us

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.

Global Delivery:

We make all the arrangements pertaining to the safe and secure delivery of your thoroughbred. Irish Eyes personally monitors all transportation.

Appraisal Referrals:

We will provide a reference for an appraisal of your horse.

Thoroughbred Management:

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.

I Stand Corrected

I Stand Corrected, born March 27, 2016 by Mark Valeski, multiple GSW of the Peter Pan S-G2 Winner at 2. He is also GSW at 3 and 4, he retired with earnings of $658,452.00. This nice looking two year old is out of A Penny At A Time who is a multiple producing mare on the turf and dirt.  I Stand Corrected is under the care of trainer Michelle Nihei located at Palm Meadows Training Center.

Furious Finnegan

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 and Celtic City; winners on the dirt and turf. We  have a limited amount of shares available.

Spanish Dude

Spanish Dude, born Feb 11, 2015. He is by Multiple Grade 1 winner First Dude, earner of  1.4 million. This nice looking boy is out of Spanish Gem who has also produced three fillies; a yearling by Chitu, a winning four year old named Te Amo Mamo, and a winning five year old named My Sangria. Spanish is under the care of trainer Michelle Nihei located at Palm Meadows Training Center. Spanish has  raced four times in 2018 with a race record of one win and a third.


A Penny At A Time

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 and Celtic Moonlight. In 2016 Penny had a colt by Mark Valseki and a 2017colt by Soldat .

Birthday Suit

 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 is back in foal to first year stallion Valiant Minister, a Candy Ride stallion standing at Bridlewood Farm.

Celtic Moonlight

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 Tropical Racing Celtic is scheduled to be bred in 2019 to the third crop leading sire, Tapizar, standing at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky.

Irish Orchid

  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 and in 2017 she had another colt by He's Had Enough. Irish had a filly by Soldat on 4/5/2018 named Irish Dream Girl. Irish is in foal to He's Had Enough, a Tapit stallion standing at Woodford Thoroughbreds.

Racing Partnerships

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.

Cost Of Ownership

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.

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Irish Eyes Stable

Coconut Creek, FL US

(954) 665-9215