August 29, 2005
Aiken will soon say goodbye to it’s most recent Kentucky Derby horse. Dogwood Stable’s Limehouse was sold as a stud horse and will move to Kentucky. But as News 12 reports, Limehouse has already left his mark all over town.
Placing fourth in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, Limehouse put Aiken in the limelight.
He’s filled the offices of his home, Dogwood Stables, with silver trophies and is the sixth horse to win a million dollars for Dogwood. Now, Limehouse has been sold to a Kentucky stud farm for a reported $6 million.
“He’s cut out to be a great stallion,” said Jack Sadler, Dogwood’s Vice President.
Dogwood’s Vice President Jack Sadler says less than one percent of the nation’s horses become studs. Stallions must come from a good bloodline and be a winner.
When Dogwood Stables horses start winning, people even outside of the horse community get excited. During last year’s Derby, this Limehouse button was a hot commodity.
Limehouse’s Derby run even inspired a lime green drink “Limehouse Rocks” at the Bowery Restaurant downtown. And the thoroughbred inspired a few locals as well.
“Go Limehouse! He’s our local hero, we’re all rooting for him on Derby day!” a local fan said in 2004.
“When these horses come back to Aiken then a lot of people like to come back to see them at the training center,” Sadler said.
Limehouse’s success put Aiken in the national spotlight. And now many are hoping he’ll be the dad of the next big winner.
Limehouse will still race with Dogwood Stables until the end of the year. Another big success at Dogwood Stables was Summer Squall, who won the Preakness in 1990. One of Summer Squall’s sons went on to win the Kentucky Derby.