Darley is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global breeding operation which currently stands stallions in seven countries around the world.
Darley in America is based at the historic Jonabell Farm, located in the bluegrass state of Kentucky and was purchased in 2001.
Jonabell was founded in 1946 by renowned breeder John A. Bell III and has occupied its present location on Bowman Mill Road since 1954.
The current roster of 13 stallions at Darley America will grow to 14 in 2014 with the addition of the world-class racehorse, Animal Kingdom. The talented Kentucky Derby winner added to his growing resume earlier this year with a scintillating win in the Dubai World Cup.
His new barn mates are three of America's most exciting stallions - Street Cry, Bernardini and Medaglia d’Oro – who are consistently atop the leading sire lists in North America. Standing alongside them is Hard Spun, who has made a sensational start to his stud career with his daughter Questing crowned Eclipse Champion three-year-old filly of 2012. Street Cry’s dual G1-winning son Street Boss, whose first crop are now three, has also made a promising start, with a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile third-placed horse already in the books.
Australian Champion and leading sire Lonhro began shuttling to America in 2012 and has already proven to be very popular with breeders. Any Given Saturday, a contemporary of Hard Spun on the track who took the Haskell by four-and-a-half lengths, is now the sire of many top performers, including the phenomenal filly Princess Arabella. Top-rated miler Discreet Cat has also made a strong start at stud and is proving to be a great source of precocious racehorses.
Perennial leading sire Elusive Quality continues to sire high-class runners year after year, including Elusive Kate, who added a second G1 victory to her record last year. Street Cry’s multiple Group winner and $2 million two-year-old Desert Party, who together with Midshipman and Regal Ransom has his first yearlings this year, returns to the Kentucky roster in 2014 from Sequel Stallions in New York along with A.P. Indy's G1-winning son Girolamo.
In addition to standing stallions, Darley also manages the racing interests of Sheikh Mohammed and various members of the Maktoum family, and has racehorses with various trainers in the UK, Ireland, France, the United States, Australia and Japan. The best of these horses will transfer to Godolphin, to race in the famous blue silks that have been carried to victory in numerous G1 races across the globe.