Pin Oak Stable is the racing arm of Pin Oak Stud, a 750-acre full service Thoroughbred breeding operation in Versailles, Ky owned by Josephine Abercrombie. Among the best horses bred by Pin Oak was 1976 Arkansas Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Elocutionist.
Alternation, a winner of five stakes in 2012 including the Oaklawn Handicap and Pimlico Special, retired in 2013 and entered stud at his birthplace in 2014.
A skilled equestrienne as a youth, Abercrombie was a champion show rider of gaited horses and a record holder at Madison Square Garden for prizes won in a single season. In 1949, she took an interest in Thoroughbred racing and set up a racing syndicate involving her father, an uncle and a couple of friends to purchase yearlings for training and racing.
Pin Oak, which was the 1995 National Breeder of the Year, is home to about 40 broodmares and stallions Bob and John, Cowboy Cal, Broken Vow and Sky Classic. It had been home to top stallion Mariah’s Mon until his death in 2007.