Poonawalla Stud Farms was established in 1946 by the late Soli A. Poonawalla with approximately a dozen mares and one stallion, Fitz Clarence (GB). From its very first crop the farm produced the Indian 2000 Guineas winner in Fitzcall.
Today, Poonawalla Stud Farms stands as the Leading Stud Farm in the country, having won 13 "Champion Breeders' Awards". It is the highest stakes earning establishment in the country with over 730 home breds winning stakes in excess of Rs.1 million.
The farm is divided into two separate units - the youngstock division situated at Hadapsar and the breeding division located at Theur, about 10 km and 24 km from Pune, respectively.
At present the stud farm stands approximately 140 broodmares and 3 stallions – Arazan, Ace and the latest addition to the stallion roster, the very exciting Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes winner Excellent Art.
The majority of the yearlings produced each year are sold through private sale with the Poonawalla family retaining a handful for racing.
All the stallions to stand at Poonawalla Stud Farm have restored the faith instilled in them by the Poonawalla brothers by consistently producing classic horses and ranking at the top of the leading stallion charts. Their success can be perused in further detail through the site.
Over the years, Poonawalla Stud Farms have broken records, rewritten racing history, continued to sponsor the richest juvenile race in the country– The Poonawalla Breeders’ Multi-Million and have consistently raised the standard of the Indian thoroughbred.