Where a timeless and undying commitment to the Thoroughbred horse still holds true.

Managing Owner Drew Nardiello

maje_jockey.jpgBorn into a family of horse enthusiasts, Drew Nardiello was groomed from a very young age to be a world-class horseman. The youngest of four children, Nardiello moved as a toddler to the Chesapeake City area of Maryland, where he lived with his mother and stepfather George P. “Maje” Odom.  A renowned trainer in New York, Odom was the son of Racing Hall of Fame jockey and trainer George M. Odom – one of only two men to ride (Adelphi, 1904) and train (Pasteurized, 1938) a Belmont Stakes winner.Nardiello grew up under Odom’s tutelage, and the young man was a willing student in his stepfather’s classroom. In fact, much of what Drew learned he still imparts on his business dealings today.

Nardiello grew up on a working Chesapeake City farm – the famed Kelso was broken there - that abutted the famed Bayard Sharp’s Sharp Farm. As a youth, Nardiello rode and groomed pleasure horses before he took a more active role in racing. He broke yearlings, galloped horses and worked summers with his stepfather at Belmont Park and Saratoga, all the while doing the numerous jobs that crop up around a training barn.

Nardiello attended the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 1979 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After considering law school, Nardiello moved to Lexington to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. He went to work for Henry White and stayed until he returned to run his family’s farm in the early 1980s. In time, Nardiello made the decision to return to Central Kentucky, and he subsequently returned to Lexington to work as yearling manager for Comte Roland de Chambure and Alec Head’s Hagyard Farm, where he worked for nearly five years.

In 1986, Nardiello was presented with an opportunity to go on his own, and at the behest of several clients he founded Chesapeake Farm on the old Crown Colony Farm in the heart of Lexington horse country. That first facility was launched with 30 stalls on 120 acres, and in 1992 the client base necessitated a move to a 260-acre nursery with 68 stalls.

Today, the ‘Chesapeake Way’ has been embraced by a number of successful owners and breeders, and they in turn have helped grow Chesapeake Farm to its current level of prominence. The farm has grown into a full-service operation that resides on 450 acres on famed Walnut Hill and Delong Roads, and it resides with immediate neighbors Juddmonte and Overbrook. Chesapeake currently leases The Boone family’s Wimbledon Farm 1, where Spectacular Bid and Bernardini were both foaled and raised.

The Chesapeake Farm nursery and sales consignment are renowned industry wide for its professionalism and ability to breed, raise, sell and race quality Thoroughbreds. That reputation has been forged on the strength of Nardiello and his unwavering commitment to traditional and proven horsemanship, which will always be the foundation of the Chesapeake operation.

To contact Mr. Nardiello, please e-mail him at Drew@ChesapeakeFarm.com

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