About Us

Blue Heaven Farm is a thoroughbred racing and commercial breeding operation located on 191 acres of premium rolling bluegrass farmland in Versailles, Kentucky.

Blue Heaven Farm has its roots in a partnership formed by Bonnie Baskin and her father, Sy Baskin, in the late 1990s. Named SyBon Racing Stable, its strategy was to purchase good-looking, well-bred yearling fillies that would race and ultimately form a promising broodmare band. The business plan produced immediate dividends, as SyBon signed the ticket for a flashy dark bay daughter of Belong to Me at the 2001 Keeneland September sale. Named Ocean Drive, she would go on to become a multiple graded stakes winner and the foundation of our breeding operation. 

In 2004, Bonnie founded her own racing and breeding entity, Blue Heaven Farm, named after the 1928 Gene Austin song "My Blue Heaven" that her father used to sing to her as a little girl. At present, we are a boutique commercial breeding operation comprising good looking, sound mares with impressive pedigrees and race records. Blue Heaven Farm also maintains a small string of racehorses primarily in Kentucky and on the east coast. Our broodmare band includes mares from our racing stable as well as public and private purchases.

After several years of boarding our mares at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY, Blue Heaven Farm planted its flag on a picturesque farm in central Kentucky in the summer of 2010. We currently have a broodmare band numbering approximately 15, the offspring of which we foal, raise, and point toward the major weanling and yearling sales. In 2011, Blue Heaven Farm had its first homebred stakes winner with Maple Forest (Forestry - Maple Syrple). In 2014, we bred our first graded stakes winner and classic starter, as Dynamic Impact (Tiznow-Featherbed) started in the Preakness Stakes (G1) following his thrilling victory in the Illinois Derby (G3). Also in 2014, we sold the sales topping weanling at the Fasig Tipton November sale, a Tapit colt out of Maple Forest.  In 2015, we were represented by our first Breeders' Cup starter, as stakes winner Hollywood Don (Tapit - Ocean Drive) competed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.  In 2019, we campaigned our first Grade 1 winner, as Starship Jubilee won Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Stakes and was later named 2019 Canadian Horse of the Year.  2020 was another exciting year on the track and in the sales ring.  Starship Jubilee won 4 graded stakes races, including the G1 Woodbine Mile against colts, was named Florida-bred Horse of the Year, and earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.  And in the first year of the Blue Heaven Farm consignment, we sold a daughter of Curlin out of Our Khrysty for $700,000 at the Fasig Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase.  Later named Grace Adler, she would go to on become the first Grade 1 winner to represent us as a breeder following her win in the 2021 Del Mar Debutante (G1).   

The Team

Founder and Co-Owner

A native of Chicago, IL, Bonnie graduated from the University of Miami with a BS in biology and a PhD in microbiology. A successful entrepreneur, Bonnie founded and served as CEO for successful biotech companies ViroMed Laboratories, Inc. and AppTec Laboratory Services, Inc. Bonnie's involvement in the thoroughbred industry began in the late 1990s with Sybon Racing Stable, a racing and breeding partnership she formed with her father, Sy Baskin.

Co-Owner, President and General Manager

Raised in Edina, MN, Adam graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in economics and political science, and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After practicing law and investment banking in New York for several years, Adam entered the thoroughbred industry as a groom and hot walker for Todd Pletcher Racing Stables at Belmont Park, and worked the yearling and breeding stock sales for Taylor Made Sales Agency. In 2010, Adam moved to Versailles, KY to manage Blue Heaven Farm.

Farm Manager

Born and raised in Ireland and England, Jamie is a lifelong horseman. He came to Kentucky in 2000 to pursue a career with thoroughbreds, and has held top positions at several prominent operations, including Ashford Stud, Hidden Brook Farm, Hill 'n Dale Farm, and Stonereath Stud. Jamie joined Blue Heaven Farm in 2014 and is responsible for the daily care of all mares, yearlings and foals.

Farm Employees

Both natives of Mexico, Santiago and Jorge are invaluable members of the Blue Heaven Farm team.  Both have been working with horses in central Kentucky for nearly two decades, and provide outstanding care for the farm and horses.  They have been a part of the Blue Heaven Farm team since 2017.