Claiborne's Joe Peel Passes Away; Claiborne to Rename Breeding Shed in his Honor

Joe Peel with War Front in 2019 | Sarah Andrew

Stallion manager Joe Peel, who handled some of Claiborne Farm's top sires, lost a 10-year battle with cancer and has passed away, the Paris, Ky. farm announced via X Wednesday. The farm will rename the breeding shed to honor him.

In his early 60s, Peel joined Claiborne in 1985 and spent 15 years in the farm's yearling division. He moved to stallions in 2000 and has been responsible for Arch, Blame, Danzig, Flatter, Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, Unbridled, and War Front, among others.

“Joe will be remembered for his unwavering loyalty and toughness,” said the farm in the post. “We grieve this loss with his wife, Sheena, and his daughter, Crystal, who continues Joe's legacy in her role as our Assistant Broodmare Manager.

“To honor Joe and his tremendous impact on the farm, we now breed mares at the 'Joe Peel Breeding Shed.'”


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