- Category: Pensioners
- Written by Maggie Kimmitt
Ten minutes southeast of downtown Richmond in Varina, Va., a wooly-coated dark bay horse stands snoozing and sunning himself in a paddock. The sign hanging on a wooden post at the head of the driveway of the 12-acre farmette reads “Warwick Stable.” Thanks to urban sprawl, the neighborhood is now largely residential. But little else has changed since the property’s owner, avid breeder and owner Albert “Bert” Allen Jr., passed away in January 2011.
His daughter, Hillis Allen, still lives in the house across the street. His son, trainer Ferris Allen, still ranks as a fixture on the Mid-Atlantic racing circuit. Both grew up on the homestead their father built. And the dark bay horse, Christopher Knight, still thrives there at the remarkable age of 35.