Kenny now has the Baynes reins
He’s had horses like Sir Kenny, Kenny Charles and Young Kenny named after him, he’s owned numerous horses over the years, and now Southlander Kenny Baynes has undertaken to carry on the breeding and racing dynasty that was started by his late father Colin in 1949.
With his sister in-law Penny, Kenny has taken over many of the mares and racing stock that Colin bred, under the recently formed Baynes Racing and Bloodstock banner. But that’s only half the story because Baynes is also breeding and racing horses with his partner Joelle Calder.
Baynes said “Me and Penny bought Dad’s estate. He had about 35 horses left when he decided not to renew his trainers licence when he was 93. We took all the horses over lock stock and barrel.”
Baynes Racing and Bloodstock is littered with horses and mares bred by CH Baynes.
The partnership has nine racehorses either in work or spelling, plus six two year olds and six mares.
The mares include Better Hurry (Bettors Delight) and dam of recent winner Better Hurry Up, Knapdale Lady a three win Western Terror mare, Knapdale Girl an eight win Sundon mare, Country and Western a Western Terror mare, Brahman Girl two win Village Jasper mare and Country Ball a Presidential Ball mare.
While there’s plenty of Colin Baynes ‘old’ breed to go on with Kenny is very conscious of the need to be constantly ‘modernising’ and as a result he’s sent most of the partnership’s mares to some of the country’s best stallions.
“We’re also going for the top shelf. Cool Maiden has a nice colt by Muscle Hill.”
They have yearlings by Angus Hall, Christian Cullen and Mach Three and colt foals by Mach Three (2), Majestic Son , Art Major and Shadow Play.
“But I like the Pegasus Spur’s. They’re doing a good job.”
This season they’ve sold Better Go Hurry, Pavarotti and Son Of Brahma – all to Butterworth Racing Syndicate.
“I like to race them. Penny likes to sell, she’s the accountant.”
The other side of the operation which Baynes operates with partner Joelle is a mixture of racing, breeding and young stock.
The racing team is headed by open class trotter Cool Cobber and also includes Diamond King which impressively won it’s only two starts here.
They have eight horses in work either with Tony Stratford or Derek Balle.
“I like to spread them around. We’ve even got two in Australia at the moment. We’ve got The Sparrow Hawk and Diamond King (who was) a good performer here last year. He’s at Brent Lilley’s in Melbourne.”
The Sparrow Hawk (Gotta Go Cullen – Starling) has won two of his six races in Australia.
His half-brother Our Blackbird has won 18 races in Australia and recently finished 5th in the Interdominion Final at Gloucester Park.
Kenny and Joelle have five two year olds including promising pacer Mucho Macho Man (Mach Three – Alisa) and young trotter War Machine (Pegasus Spur – Our Super Ann). Our Super Ann won two in Australia and has left Our Super Ram (4 wins), Not Likely (6 wins) and Blood and Whiskey, a promising trotter for Gavin Smith.
In order to diversify they have bought eight additional broodmares. These include Especial Franco dam of Elation Franco (8 NZ wins), Equalizer (11 Australian wins) and Envious (2 NZ wins to date), One Up Kenny (half-sister to One Over Kenny 32 wins by Pegasus Spur), Jolly Jean a Christian Cullen mare whose second dam is Happy Hazel , Alisa (Bettor’s Delight), Jodie’s Bet (Bettor’s Delight), Bella Sinead (Christian Cullen), Lilly’s Moment – a Sundon mare related to Take A Moment (39 wins) and It’s A Whiz the dam of Springbank Richard (20 wins and $664,338).
Kenny and Joelle have yearlings and foals by Changeover, Sky Valley, Mach Three, Majestic Son and The Pres.
They also have eleven two year olds in work.
It’s clear that Kenny Baynes is committed to keeping the family name to the forefront of racing and breeding not only in Southland but wider afield.
He, Penny and Joelle have a strong hand to play in the future of the industry in Southland, and there’s no doubt Colin would be happy about that.