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Michael Prentiss

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    North Wales LLC is the nom de course of Michael Prentiss
  • Born: Oct. 16, 1943
  • Resident: Dallas, Texas, and Warrenton, Va.
  • Family: wife Patricia, daughters Paige and Kennedy, son Michael
  • Education: Holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Washington State University with and Harvard Graduate School of Business with M.B.A.
  • Principal Business: Commercial real estate developer. In 1987 founded Prentiss Properties Trust, an office and industrial real estate investment trust (REIT). Remains chairman and majority owner of Prentiss Properties Trust, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of $1.65 billion
  • Prentiss Properties Trust owns interests in 137 office and industrial properties with 17.8-million square feet of rentable space
  • Racing and Breeding: Bought North Cliff Farm near Rixeyville, Va., in 1987 to have a home away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas. Prentiss did not buy the farm to breed racehorses but rather because of his equine interests in riding, polo and fox hunting. Tried his hand at breeding racehorses in 1989 and it took off from there. Sold that farm in 1995 and purchased North Wales Farm in nearby Warrenton, Va., in 1996. The farm was once part of the Walter Chrysler estate and was founded as an agricultural operation in 1718. The original portion of the main house dates to 1776
  • Has 27 broodmares at North Wales, which covers 1,500 acres and is one of the largest commercial breeders in Virginia
  • Primary purpose is breeding but Prentiss keeps a few horses to race
  • In addition to Elloluv, Prentiss has bred graded stakes winners Gleefully and Millencolin and graded stakes-placed Curtain Raiser, Lokoya and Tarnished Lady
  • Elloluv did not reach her reserve in the 2001 Fasig- Tipton Kentucky July Sale
  • She was sold for $120,000 at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale in April 2002. Dam Currency Quest won the American Beauty Breeders' Cup Stakes at River Downs in 1995 for Prentiss
  • Prentiss sold Currency Quest when he received a "very attractive offer" after Elloluv became a graded stakes winner. Still owns a full sister to and the dam of Currency Quest
  • Stands no stallions at North Wales and primarily sends his mares to Kentucky stallions and occasionally to Maryland, Florida and New York
  • Prentiss visits Lone Star Park often and called it a "wonderful racetrack." About watching Elloluv take another shot after finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff, he said, "Obviously it's better if you own them, but to win a Breeders' Cup would be great for our farm and would give us that much more credibility."

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