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2651 Russell Cave Rd.,
Lexington, KY, 40511

MAGDALENA FARM -- Facilities & Services

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  • 115 acres
  • 23 fields and paddocks
  • 5 Barns
  • 60+ large 14' x 14' stalls
  • Eurocizer
  • Round Pen
  • 1½ mile turf gallop


  • Breaking
  • Racing
  • Layup
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sales preparation
  • Breeding
  • Foaling

Magdalena Farm has an illustrious history, dating back to the Revolutionary War. It has been home to many famous Thoroughbreds, including 1959 Kentucky Derby winner Tomy Lee and three-time Horse of the Year Devil Diver.

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Ken McPeek purchased the property in 2006, and renamed it Magdalena Farm in honor of 19th century matriarch, Magdalena Weber Shely. He transformed it into a facility designed to work with horses from conception to the race track.

Barns: With 5 barns and over 60 large stalls, Magdalena Farm has facilities capable of housing horses from foaling on.

Turn Out: With 23 turnout paddocks and fields, Magdalena Farm can offer mares and foals large lush fields and also provide your young horse or race horse with daily paddock turn out after training.

Turf Gallop Magdalena Farm has a world class 1½ miles long and 100 feet wide grass gallop. The gallop has been cut and graded for safety and excellent footing. With the help of expert advice from Dr. AJ Powell of the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Todd Bunnell of SePro Corporation, the course has been seeded with the highest quality grasses. There are sections of Riviera Bermuda and Ultimate Fescue that give a choice of the type of grass used for training each day. The Riviera Bermuda was sewn at 100 pounds per acre and the Ultimate Fescue at 400 pounds per acre, giving the course a high grass density to cushion impact during training . The course has two steady inclines designed to strengthen heart, lungs and muscles. We have the option of training either left or right-handed in order to change the routine and develop muscles on both sides of the body equally.

The purpose of Magdalena Farm to help keep horses racing both mentally happier and physically sounder.