9/25/2010 West Coast: View from the Top

  • September 21, 2010
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When Martin and Pam Wygod decided last June to sell their River Edge Farm near Buellton, the California breeding industry reeled. River Edge, after all, stood some of the state’s leading stallions. Would California lose them as well?

Fortunately, Donald Cohn had a ready solution. He had built Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona from scratch and had been standing such stallions as Fighting Fit, Deputy Commander, Sea of Secrets, and the now-pensioned Beau Genius. In 2009 the Wygods had retired their grade I stakes winner Idiot Proof to stud at Cohn’s farm.

It didn’t take long for Cohn and the Wygods to arrange for Bertrando, Benchmark, Tribal Rule, and Dixie Chatter to move from River Edge to Ballena Vista. Cohn bought Benchmark outright and also purchased major interests in Tribal Rule and Dixie Chatter, while Bertrando remains the property of the syndicate that owns him.

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