HH SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, RULER OF DUBAI, purchased Jonabell Farm in 2001 from the Bell Family. Jonabell, now Darley, is a little over 800 acres and home to Sheikh Mohammed’s US stallion operation.
Sixteen stallions are standing the 2008 breeding season with such headliners as BERNARDINI, ELUSIVE QUALITY, STREET CRY and his son 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, plus HOLY BULL and CHEROKEE RUN, who stood at Jonabell at the time of purchase.
Sheikh Mohammed has several other properties in the surrounding area: Raceland Farm, in Paris, KY serves as a yearling division; Gainsborough Farm which he inherited from his late brother Sheikh Maktoum in 2006, serves as a broodmare division; and the newest Kentucky Darley division located on James Lane. Collectively his properties total nearly 4,000 acres in the central Kentucky area.
With the focus of being a leader in the Thoroughbred world, Darley also has farms in England, Ireland, Japan, Australia and Dubai. Each operation strives to preserve the history of the land, the sport, and the breed while looking to the future of this industry.