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Our story.

Established in 1986 by previous owner/operator Drew Nardiello, Chesapeake Farm has become a household name amongst the top horsemen in the thoroughbred industry. 

During its decades of operation, Chesapeake Farm clients have become accustomed to the very best care for their mares, sales horses and racing prospects. Horsemen have responded in kind, which has helped Chesapeake expand from a modest 120-acre facility with 30 stalls to a 400-acre facility that currently houses 100 stalls in six barns and six run-in sheds. 

Chesapeake has realized success in virtually all disciplines of the industry, but has found a niche in boarding and sales preparation since Owner/Operator Collier Mathes took the reins in 2016. With his background in yearling care at major farms across the country, clients can be sure their horses have realized their potential before entering the sales ring. 

Success on the racetrack has not eluded Chesapeake Farm. In 2007, Chesapeake foaled-and-raised Street Sense captured the G1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and became the first G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner to also win the Kentucky Derby. Wins in the $500,000 Jim Dandy S.-G2 and the $1,000,000 Travers S.-G1 would further cement his place in racing history.  

G1 success returned in 2016 when Klimt won the G1 Del Mar Futurity as a 2-year-old. Klimt was born and raised at Chesapeake Farm. 2017 continued the farm’s success when foaled and raised Battle of Midway took the G1 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. He has since gone on to stand stud at the prestigious Winstar Farm. 

Though its operation has grown physically over the years, Chesapeake still prides itself on providing exhaustive personal attention for every horse in its care. It is that mindset which allows the farm to maximize the performance of their clients’ equine portfolios. Though trivialized by some, it is those extra steps that help fully develop our horses’ potential, regardless of the track or sales ring in which it will perform. And it is that mindset which sets Chesapeake Farm apart in the Thoroughbred industry.