Big Farm Program By Dickey Stables: Buy New Tract of Land Near Present Florida Place; To Break and Train Yearlings, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-02


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Big Farm Program 4 By Dickey Stables Buy New Tract of Land Near Present Florida Place; To Break and Train Yearlings OCALA, Fla., April 30. — One of the largest farm programs ever attempted in the racing industry in the state of Florida is being carried but by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. j Leach, owners of the Dickey Stables at Ocala in the northern part of Florida. Just a few weeks ago, the Leachs purchased a 600-acre tract only a half-mile from their present place and began the job of turning it into a thoroughbred horse farm. They plan to break and train yearlings for outside interests who want their ►horses ready for an early start during the Hialeah meeting each year. » Land Being Cleared Bulldozers and other land-clearing * equipment are being used to get the farm ready for the summer. The contract has been signed for five of the best fireproof barns. These barns will have 30 stalls each and will be used as training barns, and close to them will be the fireproof dormitories for the exercise boys and grooms. Also under construction is a three-quar-I ter mile training track with a seven-tighths mile chute. Last week an eight-stall electric ! starting gate to be used in the education of the yearlings arrived. On the inside and outside rail of this six-furlong track Continued on Page Forty-Four Dickey Stables Planning Big Farm Expansion Program Continued from Page Nine will be an aluminum rail similar to one at Keeneland. The strip is wide enough for 10 horses to gallop at Dne time. Bill Leach, who owns the Lew Construction Company, of Ocala, is supervising the work. The farm property and paddocks are enclosed by wire fencing and the electric wiring and water pipes are underground. Each stall has its own light, and there is a feed room in the center of each barn. Four new houses for farm personnel are to be built, along with an air-conditioned office. Incidentally, the Leaches are the breeders of- Smooth Stride, winner of the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica.

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