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Larry Baron - VIP Stable yearling partnership

02:56 AM 07 Oct 2010 NZDT
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Two of the winningest and most respected owners in Harness Racing have joined forces! Larry Baron (a 4 time leading owner at The Meadowlands and Yonkers), and VIP Stable (the # 1 Partnership in Harness Racing) are working together to offer a 10 horse package of the best yearlings available at this year's top public actions.

Because of this unique opportunity and the New Zealand following of Down-Under bred 2YO Breeders Crown contender Foreclosure N (Rocknroll Hanover - Pleasing Package N - Fake Left), this partnership will be open to those residing outside of North America for the first time ever.

The success and excitement generated by Foreclosure N (seeking to become the first NZ bred horse to capture a Breeders Crown) combined with the rapidly developing impact of "shuttle stallions" led by Mach Three, underscores just how far the gap has been closed that once separated the North American and Down-Under racing industries.

"This Partnership will package together the best pacing colts we can find. We might also throw in a filly or two if we see a few we just have to buy", was how Larry Baron described the venture. "We plan to raise $800,000 to buy 10 of the best babies out there, as well as cover training and staking bills through next spring."

VIP's Tom Janes described how this Partnership came together: "We have co-owned many horses with Larry Baron over the years and have always worked very well together, so when he approached us about jointly doing a large yearling partnership we jumped at the idea.

Combining Larry's eye for great horses and overall management experience along with VIP's attention to detail and partner relationships, seems like a winning team!"


In conjunction with Larry Baron and VIP Stable, the yearlings for this Partnership will be selected by trainer Josh Green and John Butenschoen. Both are well respected horsemen, and true professionals.

Josh Green is the longtime leading trainer on the Chester / Dover / Harrington circuit and also has a division racing at Yonkers where he was the leading trainer in 2009. He is currently ranked 5th in North America in training wins and 9th in purses! On top of being a great horseman, Josh is a great guy who should fit perfectly with our new purchases.

John Butenschoen, a fixture on the stakes circuit in the Midwest for many years, has trained many top stakes horses such as Plesac, The Quiet Mon, Bobbycrombie, In Over My Head, Dragonfest, and many others. John's winter training base of operation are just outside Orlando Florida and will provide our group of yearlings with a much better environment to prepare for their stakes careers.

Partner Days:

We know one of the most exciting parts of racehorse ownership is the time you spend at the barn seeing your horses. With this in mind, we will host two "Partner Days" at the Southern Oaks Training Centre in Florida so Partners can watch this group of youngsters train and develop.

These will be great opportunities to see the horses train, talk to the trainers, and enjoy some Florida sun with a Barbecue and perhaps some golf.

Partnership Opportunities:

There will be limited opportunities for Partners outside of the Baron Racing Stable or the VIP Stable. Please contact VIP Stable for additional information on Partnership availabilities.

Background Material:

VIP Stable

Lexington 2010 Selected Yearling Sale

2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sales Roster

The Profound Impact of Shuttle Stallions Down Under

- Brett Sturman

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