• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Nonesuch farm wins first race

ELLADA FARM’S GLOBAL WAR ME won the first thoroughbred horserace for the farm June 9 at Bellterra Park in Cincinnati. Pictured are Charlena Werre, left, Jockey Dean A Sarvis, center, and Dan Werre right. (Photo submitted)

EllAda Farm in Nonesuch won its first thoroughbred horserace June 9 when Global War Me was victorious at Belterra Park in Cincinnati. The farm is owned and operated by Dan and Charlena Werre. Dan has been working with horses his entire life. His father was a horseman, he said. "I worked for my dad for years in Nebraska, and when the time came for him to retire, I packed up and moved to Kentucky. I always wanted to be where the greatest racehorses live. Kentucky was the place for me.” Charlena has been around horses for 20 years. She studied animal science and later equine science and management. "I handle a lot of the bloodwork and the lab science end of running a farm," she said. When I decided to continue my education in lab science, I knew it was an important decision for the farm, and it's a big part of what we do." Owning a small farm in central Kentucky is a labor of love for the Werres. There is a tremendous amount of sweat equity that comes with the job, said Dan. We are coming up on our third year owning the farm, and while it's had its ups and downs, we both enjoy the job and having a winner was a nice reminder of why we love this," he explained. EllAda Farm keeps an average of six horses at various tracks and another 10 to 16 horses at the farm. "We are always looking for a good opportunity in a race," said Dan. "There are times where a bigger farm comes into a race, and their fourth best is racing our top horse, but that's the game when you are a small farm. We accept that challenge, and we love it." The farm has a busy fall ahead. With the Keeneland sales approaching, the Werre's have a yearling that will be auctioned. "It's exciting because you know how much work went into each horse and you hope people see the greatness that you see in each yearling," said Charlena. “We have two mares with foals right now, and things are looking great. It's definitely an exciting time for us." One of the most significant breaks for the Werres to date was when they sold a yearling that they purchased for $1,700 and later sold him for $45,000. "He won his maiden, and we turned him around for a profit," said Charlena. "It was huge for us; it allowed us the money to buy the farm and get our dream going. " The goal over the next few years is to double the number of horses on the farm and at the track, said the Werres. "We will continue to break horses for clients, and we also rehab horses. We have our hands in everything right now, and we're having a blast. We keep our eyes and ears open for great opportunities. When you are a small farm, you need to get lucky sometimes. When the luck hits, it normally hits big," said Dan.

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