Agreement to keep Two Punch at stud at Northview farm

September 22, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

After three weeks of legal wrangling, Marylanders have won the fight to keep their prize stallion, Two Punch, in the state.

The horse's current owners, Windfields Farm of Ontario, Canada, and Lexington, Ky., and Eleanor Ross of Ross Valley Farm in Butler, issued a statement yesterday that said they have "reached an agreement in principle" to sell the 11-year-old son of Mr. Prospector to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, where the horse has been standing at stud since his retirement in 1987.

The price Northview is paying for the horse was not mentioned in the release.

Windfields and Ross originally had intended to move Two Punch earlier this month to Kentucky, where Windfields had planned to sell a portion of the stallion to Fred Seitz of Brookdale Farm in Versailles.

Two Punch has become a hot item after the spectacular success of his sons and daughters this year at the racetrack, where they have won more than $2 million and over a dozen stakes. Two Punch is not only Maryland's leading sire, but also ranks among the top 20 stallions in the nation.

But Richard Golden, one of the four partners who owns Northview, obtained a court injunction to prevent Two Punch from leaving Maryland, stating in court documents that Windfields and Ross had broached an agreement, which had given Northview the right of first refusal if the horse was to be sold.

Now after three weeks of negotiations, all litigation has been dropped and Northview is buying the horse from Windfields and NTC Ross.

"We are pleased this dispute has been resolved amicably and are absolutely delighted that Two Punch will remain in Maryland for the rest of his career. We are especially happy this has occurred on the eve of Maryland Million week," said Alan Foreman, the attorney representing Northview.

One of Two Punch's sons, Taking Risks, is the odds-on favorite to win the Maryland Million Classic.

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