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Meet the Team at Get Away Farm

Manuel “Manny” Andrade
Manuel Andrade

Manuel "Manny"Andrade came to Florida more than a decade ago from his former home in the Azores Islands, purchasing the picturesque Breakaway Farm north of Ocala from Randy and Linda Mills and renaming it Get Away Farm. The purchase came about after a suggestion from his grandchildren, and he dove right into the business of breeding thoroughbreds, buying the successful Gone West Florida stallion Double Honor from Farnsworth Farms. "I bought Double Honor for the same reason I bought the farm," Andrade said at the time. "It was a good investment."

Double Honor continued to thrive at Get Away and was soon joined by Imperialism, a multiple Gr. II winner by Langfuhr who finished third behind Smarty Jones and Lion Heart in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, while earning nearly $900,000.

In 2010, Get Away hit a home run with the purchase of Two Step Salsa, who had started just 12 times at ages three and four, but earned more than $1.1 million. The son of Petionville won two graded stakes in the United States, the Gr. III Lazaro Barrera Memorial and Affirmed Handicap at Santa Anita, and one in United Arab Emirates, the $1 million, Gr. II Godolphin Mile. He also finished second in the Gr. II Swaps Stakes and Harry Henson Stakes, on the grass, and third in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile.

Two Step Salsa's stud career was a success from the outset as his son, Dance With Fate, from his first crop, finished second in two Gr. I stakes as a 2-year- old, the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner at Santa Anita. Two Step Salsa wound up the year as Florida's leading freshman sire, and he was fifth nationally.

Farm manager Larry Anderson
Manager, Larry Anderson

Dance With Fate then went on at three to win the important Kentucky Derby prep, the Gr. I Blue Grass at Keeneland, prior to finishing a fast-closing sixth in the Derby itself. Unfortunately, after earning $680,050, the promising colt was sent to the sidelines due to injury and was never able to fulfill his enormous promise.

Two Step Salsa's success did not end there, however, and he followed up with stakes-winners Conquest Two Step, Master Mick, and Get Away Farm's own Two Step Time, winner of the Texas Heritage Stakes and runner-up in the Showing Up Stakes and the $100,000 OBS Championship. The stallion also boasts of a long list of $100,000-plus earners who have continued to place him high on various sire lists. He was Florida's leading second-crop sire in 2014 and seventh nationally, second-leading second-crop Florida sire in 2015 and 12th nationally, and a top 10 general sire in Florida in 2016, along with being Florida's leading synthetic sire. 

In 2015, Get Away purchased Drill, a son of Lawyer Ron who finished in the top four in 12 graded stakes, including victories in the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity and Gr. II San Vicente. His first runners will reach the racetrack in 2018. 

Located on 100 acres, Get Away Farm is a full-service breeding, boarding, lay-up and sales-prep facility. It operates with a professional staff under the supervision of manager Larry Anderson, a native Ocalan and veteran horsemen who has been plying his trade for more than three decades. His expertise at overseeing weanling, yearling, broodmare, racehorse and stallion divisions has been instrumental in the continued growth and success at Get Away Farm.