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POLLARD’S VISION (Carson City-Etats Unis, by Dixieland Band)

KIPLING (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird)

NEW TO OKLAHOMA FOR 2016! Sire of Eclipse Award champion and six-time G1 winner BLIND LUCK ($3.2 million in earnings) 2016 FEE: $3,000

Sire of Breeders’ Cup winner and all-time leading Oklahomabred KIP DEVILLE ($3.3 million in earnings) 2016 FEE: $2,500

SAVE BIG MONEY (Storm Cat-Tomisue’s Delight, by A.P. Indy)

THE VISUALISER (Giant’s Causeway-Smokey Mirage, by Holy Bull)

Oklahoma’s leading second-crop stallion and sire of stakes winner MAMA’S MAD MONEY and stakes-placed Rich Uncle 2016 FEE: $2,000

$1 million yearling and graded stakesplaced son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY Sire of ZEALOUS VISION, a three-time stakes winner with earnings of $194,998 2016 FEE: $1,500

All fees are stands and nurses All stallions are nominated to the Oklahoma Bred Program, Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, Iowa Stallion Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup

Mighty Acres

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CONGAREE 3 G1Ws and 6 GSWs overall Including DON’T TELL SOPHIA who sold for $1,200,000 at KEE NOV




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Sire of TWO graded stakes winners: Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed THEGIRLINTHATSONG ($479,945) and Grade 3 winner FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD ($420,521)

2016 Fee: $4,000 THEGIRLINTHATSONG – G2

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Sire of EIGHT stakes horses in 2015 alone, including HE’S COMIN IN HOT, winner of the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs

2016 Fee: $2,500 HE’S COMIN IN HOT – G3



Sire of SEVEN-time stakes winner PROMISE ME SILVER, an earner of $440,415 and winner of the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs Steve Queen

2016 Fee: $3,000 PROMISE ME SILVER – G3


CROSSBOW 2016 Fee: $1,500

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Bernardini – Forest Heiress, by Forest Wildcat Look for his first crop on the track in 2016

Phone Trick – Jet Route, by Alydar The sire of four stakes horses from his first 19 starters

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RACEHORSE November/ December 2015


Dream walkin’ with music star Toby Keith

34 Young C.J. McMahon is riding high

Departments Fast Furlongs 10 State Association News


The Marketplace Classifieds


Features A True Passion 29 Horse racing is more than a hobby for country music star Toby Keith Rising Star 34 C.J. McMahon emerges as one of racing’s brightest up-and-comers Tax Talk 38 The importance of advertising from the IRS’s perspective


OK-bred Shotgun Kowboy wins big

Ask a Vet 40 Dealing with crooked legs in foals Hometown Heroes 45 Shotgun Kowboy leads a parade of state-bred stakes winners around the region Selling the Game As a racehorse owner, you have two important decisions to make upfront




Broken Vow – Stomping, by Dixieland Band

G2 winner of the Oaklawn Hdcp. with a 109 Beyer who won on dirt, synthetic and turf! Earnings of $652,993!

2016 FEE: $1,000 – LIVE FOAL

HAMAZING DESTINY Salt Lake – Ms Proud Destiny, by Artax

A G3 winner who ran second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and posted a 107 Beyer while earning $853,008!

2016 FEE: $1,000 – LIVE FOAL


Yes It’s True – Robbie’s Gal, by Straight Man

Multiple SW of $300,976 with blazing fast speed, he set a 5-furlong turf course record of :56 2/5 at Sam Houston!

2016 FEE: $1,000 – LIVE FOAL


Pulpit – People’s Princess, by Meadowlake


The only son of PULPIT standing in Arkansas and a half brother to G2 winner CAROLYN’S CAT out of a G3 winner!

The only son of MACHO UNO standing in Arkansas and an $850,000 sale-topping OBS 2YO!

2016 FEE: $1,000 – LIVE FOAL

Broke maiden impressively in first start at 2!


Macho Uno – La Defense, by Wild Again

2016 FEE: $1,000 – LIVE FOAL All stallions are nominated to the Breeders’ Cup and are Registered Arkansas-Bred Stallions

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Illegal DopIng Meets Its Match trainers praise natural alternative By: Mark hansen

The pressure to win is so enormous that many horsemen resort to whatever it takes to get a piece of the purse or a decent sale…even if it means putting their horses’ lives in mortal danger by doping them with illegal synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) drugs to boost endurance. Veterinarian Gary Smith said, “It’s a problem all over the industry. There is no way horses should be put on (synthetic) EPO.” So how do racers win? How do you gain a competitive edge without harming your horses or risking your livelihood? The answer may be found in a safe all-natural horse supplement that supports natural EPO function. Why is EPO boosting so critical? Just like in people, a horse’s muscles require oxygen for fuel. Red blood cells are the body’s oxygen-carrying cells. A higher red blood cell count = more oxygen = more muscle energy. Elevated muscle energy helps the horse perform harder, faster and longer during endurance events. All horses naturally produce EPO in their kidneys to stimulate production of new red blood cells from bone marrow. In short, EPO is a natural “blood builder.” With EPO doping, trainers try to boost the EPO effect to get a winning performance every time. They use a synthetic EPO (recombinant human EPO), even though the side effects can harm the horse. That’s one reason why it’s illegal. Fortunately there’s another option. EPOEquine® is a safe, highly effective natural dietary supplement scientifically engineered for performance horses. A Kentucky trainer who refused to give out his name, said, “I don’t want my competition to know about this.” He found EPO-Equine® to be

so effective that he’s dead set against disclosing who he is, who his horses are, or even where he trains and races. He first started ordering a single jar of EPO-Equine® once a month. Now he’s ordering several CASES each month. And he won’t tell BRL exactly why. He said respectfully, “Sorry – no way.” Bioengineers at U.S. based Biomedical Research Laboratories (BRL), first discovered a completely natural EPO-booster for human athletes (and it’s working miracles for top athletes and amateurs around the world). Seeing these results, horse trainers contacted BRL and asked about using this natural formula for their animals. That’s when the BRL team dug deeper and discovered a proprietary, horse-friendly strain of a common herb that promotes optimal bloodbuilding results. EPO-Equine® is based on the blood-boosting abilities of a certain strain of Echinacea that’s astounding researchers and trainers alike. (It’s not a strain you can find at the local health store.) Veterinarians at the Equine Research Centre in Ontario, Canada ran a double-blind trial investigating the blood building properties of the active ingredient in EPO-Equine® in healthy horses. For 42 days, one group of horses was supplemented with the active ingredient in EPOEquine® and another group of horses was given a placebo. The supplement delivered significant blood building results, increasing red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels. Researchers also observed improved blood quality and increased oxygen transport in the supplemented horses. Improved blood levels leads to elevated exercise physiology and performance. The patent-pending formula in EPO-Equine® contains a dozen different herbs, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components combined to promote natural red blood cell production…for remarkable speed, strength and stamina right out of the gate. Trainers find it easy to add just 1 scoop (3.2 grams) of EPO-Equine® to the horse’s daily feeding routine in the barn or on the road. Within a few weeks of daily use, you can expect to see increased red blood cell levels with no undesirable side effects. An increase in red blood cell levels can improve muscle performance, supercharge endurance, and enhance recovery after hard exercise. Nothing else is scientifically proven to deliver these benefits in a completely safe and natural formula. Compared to the cost of veterinarians, drugs, icing, tapping the knees, and putting the horse on Bute; or even the consequences of being banned for synthetic doping, EPOEquine® is very affordable at the low price of just $59.95 per jar. Or save $180 if you are ready to commit to a larger trial of 12-jar case for just $539.55 with FREE shipping. EPOEquine® can be ordered at www.EPOEquine.com or 1-800-557-9055, and comes with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.








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Layman Exams for the • PrepurchaseBush Track Rider Won Big s • Oklahoma IRAs and S Corp • Understanding




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fastFURLONGS All-time Leading Texas Stallion Valid Expectations Dies

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called Huisache Farm. “Almost everyone involved, from the shareholders to those who bred mares to him to those who raced one of his offspring, had fun and came out well in the end. He had average earnings per starter of nearly $62,000. He set a standard in Texas that will never be achieved again, and his horses competed worldwide.” Valid Expectations was the first “big” horse for two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen, who conditioned the sprinter for Texas brothers Lee and Bob Ackerley through a career in which he won 12 of 27 starts with seven stakes wins and earnings of $596,092. “He was the most intelligent horse I’ve ever been around,” added Shifflett. “He knew what his job was; he would tell us when mares were ready to breed. He knew better than the vets. He was an incredible animal who impacted every aspect of the equine industry that his babies participated in. They excelled in barrel racing, polo, cutting, showing and, of course, as racehorses and broodmares.”



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Valid Expectations, Texas’ all-time leading stallion, died in October at the age of 22. The son of Valid Appeal was retired from stud duty at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Texas in 2013 and had been pensioned in Kentucky. Valid Expectations topped the Texas sire list for virtually his entire tenure in the Lone Star State after standing his first two seasons in Florida. He led the North American freshman sire list in 2001 by both winners (27) and progeny earnings ($1,397,911). All told, Valid Expectations sired the earners of $33.1 million with 46 stakes winners. His leading earner is millionaire Saratoga County, winner of the 2005 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1). Valid Expectations is also represented by Texasbred Ivan Fallunovalot, a four-time stakes winner of $476,910 who ran in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). “The thing you have to say about him is that he did what he did in Texas, which made it even tougher,” said Lane’s End Texas Farm Manager Danny Shifflett, who managed the stallion after the horse came to Texas in 2000 at what was then

Sam Houston Announces 2016 Stakes Schedule Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 23rd racing season on January 15 with a 32-day meet running through March 8. The stakes schedule will offer nearly $1.8 million in purses and starts with Texas Champions Weekend, featuring the best Texasbreds competing over two days with seven $50,000 stakes. Friday, January 22, will feature the fillies and mares in three stakes—the San Jacinto Turf Stakes, Yellow Rose Stakes and Bara Lass Stakes— and Saturday will feature colts and geldings in four stakes races— the Star of Texas Stakes, Richard King Turf Stakes, Spirit of Texas Stakes and Groovy Stakes. The Houston Racing Festival will return for its fourth running on January 30. The richest day in Texas Thoroughbred racing will feature four stakes, including the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, which will now be run at 1 1/2 miles. Proceeds from the Houston Racing Festival will once again benefit the Houston affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation. Other highlights include two $75,000 divisions of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series on February 20 and the Maxxam Gold Cup Racing Festival on February 27 featuring the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup. Friday and Saturday post times for the 2016 meet will be 7 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, with Monday and Tuesday racing at 1 p.m. A complete stakes schedule is available at shrp.com.

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Southwest Sale Results Mostly Down but Still Above 2013 Levels Coming off a strong 2014 in which several sales around the Southwest region posted record numbers, three recent auctions in Louisiana recorded declines while a new date and format for Heritage Place in Oklahoma resulted in increased figures. Despite the declines in Louisiana’s sale figures, the results were mostly stronger than those posted in 2013. A yearling filly by Smoke Glacken sold for $26,000 to top the fourth annual Thoroughbred sale at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on October 4. She sold during a new yearling session at the auction, which was held two months earlier than usual. Heritage Place, which also offered breeding stock and horses of racing age, reported 84 horses sold for total receipts of $254,100. The overall average was $3,025, up 14 percent from the same auction in 2014. By category, 39 yearlings sold for $161,350, for an average of $4,137 with 19 buybacks. The breeding and racing age portion of the sale saw 45 head sell for $92,750, for an average of $2,061 with four buybacks. “We changed the sale up, moving it up to October this year,” said Spence Kidney, general manager of Heritage Place. “Our goal was to be able to sell more yearlings than we had in the past—because by having it in December, it’s just not conducive to that—and we were able to do that.” Danny Keene, who has won multiple owner titles at Lone Star Park and Sam Houston Race Park, purchased the sale-topping Smoke Glacken filly from consignor Rusty Roberts. Cather, a Forestry mare believed to be in foal to Silver City, topped the breeding stock portion of the sale when she brought $10,000 from Peter Hladky. She was consigned by Gate to Wire LLC. For complete results, go to heritageplace.com. The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana, which is a subsidiary of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA), reported 120 horses sold for gross receipts of $1,110,000 at its yearling auction on September 29 in West Monroe. The average was $9,250 with 66 buybacks. Last year, 120 yearlings sold for $1,544,900 for an average of $12,874 with 52 buybacks. Louisiana-bred fillies by Half Ours and Into Mischief sold for $66,000 and $65,000, respectively, as the two highest prices. The high-seller went to Virginia Lazenby from Clear Creek Stud, agent. Breeders Sales Company Sales Director Tim Boyce believes this sale had a good outcome for the region.

“This sale proved it is a good Southwest regional sale,” Boyce stated. “The buyers showed up from all over the United States and kept our consignors busy showing their yearlings. We are satisfied with the outcome of this sale.” “The sire power drove the sale along with the breeders who produced some outstanding yearlings,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer of the LTBA. “We believe we gave buyers ample opportunities to find a horse for any program. We were fortunate to have Tim as our sales director and he really produced for us during his first year on the job.” For complete results, go to louisianabred.com. Equine Sales Company held two recent auctions at its Opelousas, Louisiana, facility. The consignor select yearling sale on September 2 ended with 120 of 177 horses sold for $1,051,600 with an average of $8,763. Those figures are down from last year’s record-breaking sale that featured a strong supplement of racing age horses from Coteau Grove Farms, but sale officials were still pleased with the results. “We knew going in that it would be tough to match the records set last year without the racing age supplement and with the fact that the local economy is down due to the depressed oil market, but it was still a good sale,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. The high seller was a Louisiana-bred colt from the first crop of Dialed In. Consigned by Select Sales, agent, and purchased by Bill Johnson, the April foal is out of Middleburg Mint, who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Malibu Mint. The numbers from the open yearling and mixed sale on October 25 also pulled back from last year but were still up significantly from the 2013 edition. A total of 128 head sold for $418,000 with an average of $3,266. Buybacks came in at 32.6 percent with 62 not sold from 190 offered. Those results were off from last year’s smaller catalog when 92 of 122 sold for $579,900 and an average of $6,303, but the figures still compare favorably to the 2013 auction when 98 sold for $232,700 and an average of $2,374. The high seller was Love You Crazy, a stakes-placed daughter of Touch Gold in foal to leading freshman sire Uncle Mo. She sold for $55,000 to Chris and Lynne Boutte’s Boutte Training from Roger Daly, agent. For results from both auctions, go to equinesalesofla.com.

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Plenty of New Stallions for 2016 Breeding Season Several new and relocated stallions will provide breeders from the Southwest to the Midwest with plenty of new options in 2016. Blueskiesnrainbows, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of English Channel, will stand his first season at stud at Swifty Farms in Indiana. The earner of $672,552 will stand for a fee of $3,500 as property of Bad Boy Racing LLC. A graded stakes winner at ages 3, 4 and 5, Blueskiesnrainbows captured the Grade 2 Swaps, Grade 2 San Pasqual and Grade 3 Native Diver while also finishing second in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon and third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. Blueskiesnrainbows is from the first crop of champion and leading sire English Channel, by Smart Strike. He is out of Cho Cho San, a daughter of leading broodmare sire Deputy Minister and half sister to multiple Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Dance Colony. For more information, call (812) 523-3805 or visit swiftyfarms.com. Pollard’s Vision, a leading sire in Florida, has been relocated to Mighty Acres in Oklahoma and will stand for a $3,000 fee as property of Center Hills Farm. A four-time graded stakes winner who earned $1.4 million in his career, Pollard’s Vision has sired the earners of more than $16 million. Pollard’s Vision is a 14-year-old son of Carson City who has sired 17 blacktype winners, including Blind Luck, winner of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and Kentucky Oaks before being named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. She compiled a record of 22-127-2 with earnings of nearly $3.3 million. Pollard’s Vision’s leading runner in 2015 is Twentytwentyvision, an earner of $257,480 on the year with a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes over the Del Mar turf course. For more information, go to mightyacres.com or call (918) 825-4256. Ballistic Kitten, a son of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Kitten’s Joy, has been retired to stud and will stand his first season at Double S Thoroughbreds in Poynor, Texas. He will stand for a fee of $1,500 as property of Terry and Rhonda Tuley of Godley, Texas. The unraced 5-yearold stallion is the first son of Kitten’s Joy to stand in the Lone Star State. Ballistic Kitten is out of the Saint Ballado mare Ballade’s Girl and is a full brother to $546,383 earner Coalport, who won the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park. Also standing at Double S Thoroughbreds in 2016 will be Total Command, a son of Forestry, and Captain Countdown, a former Texas Champion by Relaunch. For more information, contact Dwayne “Pete” Sackett at (903) 283-2170 or Rhonda Tuley at (817) 933-0961. Grade 2 winner Call Me George has been retired to stand his first season at Gulf Coast Equine in Louisiana. Call Me George was campaigned by owners Matt Bond, Clint

Joiner and Jim Curry, and in addition to his victory in the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course, he also placed in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne Race Course. Call Me George is one of the best sons of Horse of the Year Point Given and is out of the stakes-winning mare Sassy Chimes. Call Me George will stand for a fee of $1,500. Contact Anna Paul of Gulf Coast Equine at (352) 342-5737 or gcequine.com for more information. Special Rate, one of the leading sires in Texas, has been moved to Glasses Creek Ranch in Madill, Oklahoma, for the 2016 breeding season. A stakes-winning son of Pulpit, Special Rate is out of the stakes-winning and two-time Grade 1-producing mare Viviana. Glasses Creek Ranch is owned by Leslie and Jinger Clemmer. Owned by a syndicate, Special Rate formerly stood at Stoneview Farm. His 2016 stud fee is $3,000. For more information, contact Jessicah Keller at Glasses Creek Ranch at (580) 795-3940 or glassescreek.com. Blake’s Passion, a son of Saint Ballado, will stand his first full season at stud at Mark Lipe’s Raywood Farm in Arcadia, Oklahoma. A winner on both turf and synthetic surfaces, Blake’s Passion is out of the Grade 1-winning Danzig mare Lotka, who is the dam of nine winners including Grade 3 winner Lotta Dancing. He is the sire of two winners from his first small crop and stands for a fee of $1,000. For more information, call (405) 760-7721 or visit raywoodfarm.com.

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Patrick Family, Jimenez Top Indiana Grand Standings The Patrick family is no stranger to success in the state of Indiana. Their stable has competed in almost every season since parimutuel racing was introduced in the state in 1995. However, Gary, Cindy and Cheyanna Patrick took their success one step higher by earning the leading trainer, leading owner and leading apprentice jockey awards when the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino meet ended October 31. Gary, who is the track’s all-time leading trainer, completed the 120-race meet with 40 wins and purse earnings of $919,905. The Circleville, Ohio, native now has a tally of 281 training wins at Indiana Grand. The Patricks are unique in the fact that they own and train all of their own horses, making the operation a true family business. “This is so exciting to win this award this year and it’s really special since no one has ever done this before,” said Patrick on winning three of the categories with his family members. “To be atop the standings with my wife and daughter is fantastic. If I didn’t have Cindy and Cheyanna beside me, our season wouldn’t be like this. To win this many races and own and train all of the horses is very special.” Cindy led the race for leading owner the entire meet. A former jockey herself, she accumulated 37 wins with purses in excess of $843,000. Cindy, who took the leading owner title in 2014 with 33 wins, broke her own record this year for most wins in one meet. She also broke the record for most purse earnings by an owner in one season, passing Maggi Moss’ total of $747,763 set in 2013. Cindy now ranks in the top 10 of all-time leading owners at the track. Ironically, Gary still holds the top spot as the track’s all-time leading owner with 201 wins. Cheyanna became the winner of the inaugural Juan Saez Leading Apprentice Jockey award. The award was named in honor of

Saez, who was the leading apprentice rider at Indiana Grand in 2014 before he was tragically killed in a racing incident at the track. To honor and keep his memory alive, the award was named after him beginning in 2015. “It’s really special to me to win this award because I knew Juan and rode with him,” Cheyanna said. “As soon as I knew about the award being named in his honor, I wanted to try really hard to win it. To be standing here with my mother and father for awards is also very special.” Gary and Cindy’s only child, she is a success story in many ways. The 19-year-old won several titles on the National Barrel Horse Association circuit, winning the All American Youth World as well as titles as Indiana State Champion in the Youth and Open divisions and National Reserve Champion. She began riding Thoroughbreds in 2013 and won 15 races as an apprentice last year at Indiana Grand. She returned this season to earn 26 wins in limited starts due to her obligations with college. Cheyanna is a junior at the University of South Florida – Tampa, where she is studying pre-law and has a goal to become a lawyer for the horse industry. It was a strong meet for jockey Albin Jimenez from start to finish. Jimenez took the lead in the race for the riding title at Indiana Grand in mid-May and never looked back, becoming one of only three jockeys at the track to ever surpass 100 wins in a single season. The Panama native completed the meet with 108 wins and purse earnings in excess of $2.7 million. Jimenez’s road to his first title at Indiana Grand was not smooth, however. He missed five weeks during the 120-day meet due to injury. But the break only motivated Jimenez to get back in the saddle and win races, and during his absence, he was able to maintain his spot atop the standings for his return to riding.

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D. Wayne Lukas Honored at Texas A&M University The crowd of honorees gave him a standing ovation as he left the podium after a rousing speech about Texas A&M, the equine complex, and the commitment and excellence he saw when he arrived on campus. A former resident of Texas and member of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Lukas started D. Wayne Lukas donated more than his training career with American 40 photos of his trainees to be Quarter Horses in the late 1960s displayed in College Station. before switching to Thoroughbreds. He has since been awarded five Eclipse Awards as Outstanding Trainer, and more recently, he received the Eclipse Award of Merit, which represents horse racing’s lifetime achievement award. “Everyone honored here tonight has made an investment in the youth of America that is priceless,” Lukas said. “It is unbelievable what your gift will do for people for years to come. I’m going home and telling everyone they need to come and visit this place; you can’t describe it. There’s no way I can go back home to Kentucky and tell them what’s going on. They’re going to have to come down and look for themselves.”

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During an October 12 ceremony recognizing donors to Texas A&M University, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was honored for donating more than 40 pictures of his Eclipse-award winning horses to be on permanent display at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex. The display was dedicated as the “D. Wayne Lukas Gallery of Racing.” The display features win photos from the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup and represents a glimpse into an important aspect of the equine industry that students may not be exposed to. “We are honored to have Wayne support the Equine Initiative and our students at Texas A&M,” said Dr. Jim Heird, Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair and coordinator of the Equine Initiative. “The opportunity for our students and our community to walk through the gallery and be inspired and connected to the racing industry by these photos is a treasure for all of us.” During the ceremony, Lukas addressed the crowd about the special nature of the equine complex and the impact it will have for years to come. “There is an opportunity to do things here that have so much magnitude,” Lukas said. “The excellence and commitment at this university is unmatched. This facility is the finest in the nation, and the opportunities for student learning here are boundless.”

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TEXAS IS STILL THE PLACE! LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO BUY, SELL AND RACE 2-YEAR-OLDS IN 2016? The Texas Thoroughbred Association is proud to announce the creation of a new Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale to be held at the region’s premier sales facility at Lone Star Park. This sale will replace the auction formerly conducted by Fasig-Tipton. The 2016 auction will be conducted by the TTA and managed by former FasigTipton Texas Sales Director Tim Boyce.


LOOKING FOR A RICH RACE FOR YOUR 2-YEAR-OLD? CHECK OUT THE NEW TEXAS THOROUGHBRED FUTURITY! New for 2016, the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity will replace the former TTA Sales Futurity. The 2016 edition will feature two divisions (fillies and colts/geldings) with an estimated purse of $100,000 per division to be run in July at Lone Star Park. These will be the only 2-year-old stakes during the meet! Nominations are FREE to horses bred in any state consigned to the 2016 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale and to Accredited Texas-bred foals of 2014 that went through the ring in ANY 2015 yearling sale. For more information, contact Tim Boyce at 972.523.0332 or Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133. Consignment forms, nomination forms and eligibility information are available online at texasthoroughbred.com.

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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ALABAMA HBPA NEWS Alabama-breds are winning across the country. With wins at Belterra, Delaware, Evangeline, Keeneland, Los Alamitos and Louisiana Downs and horses hitting the board at Canterbury, Fair Grounds, Horsemen’s Park, Laurel, Mountaineer and Santa Anita, we are covering the United States. The Alabama HBPA doubled its 2015 purse supplement to $20,000 and has added another $5,000 to accommodate the horsemen. Through mid-November, $24,000 has been distributed, leaving $1,000 available. Email nancy.m.delony@ms.com if you have an Alabama-bred horse running in open company and hitting the board. The $57,000 Magic City Classic, sponsored by the Birmingham Racing Commission at one mile on dirt for registered Alabama-bred 3-year-olds and up, will be run Friday, December 11, at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Nominations closed November 11. The Kudzu Juvenile will not be run this year. The funding of races sponsored by the Birmingham Racing Commission comes from a breeders fund derived from 0.4 percent of horse simulcasts. With the 2015 simulcast handle up over the past two years, we hope to see an increase in the purse for 2016. The Kenneth Cotton Memorial, sponsored by the Alabama HBPA, is in the works for late spring or early summer of 2016. When we have the conditions, date, time and track finalized, we will be sure to get the information out. In the meantime, happy racing!

ARKANSAS THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION NEWS In preparation for the 2016 meet, Oaklawn Park’s backside stables opened November 16. The track opened for training November 23. Five restricted Arkansas-bred stakes races will be run during the 2016 meet. Purses for these races have been raised from $75,000 to $100,000 each. To be eligible for restricted state-bred stakes races, a registered Arkansas-bred Thoroughbred must be nominated to ATBHA’s stakes program. To nominate a registered Arkansas-bred foal to be eligible to run in restricted Arkansas-bred stakes races, a payment of $300 shall be paid to ATBHA as a one-time nomination payment by December 31 of the yearling year. This will nominate and make the foal eligible to run in any and all stakes races restricted to registered Arkansas-breds. For all foals not nominated by December 31 of the yearling year, a late nomination payment of $2,500 must be paid to ATBHA as a onetime nomination payment any time prior to the horse being entered in a race restricted to registered Arkansas-breds. This late nomination payment will nominate and make the foal eligible to run in any and all future stakes races restricted to registered Arkansas-breds. In addition to these fees, all registered Arkansas-bred horses participating in any and all stakes races shall pay $750 to enter and $500 to start per race.

The Arkansas-bred stakes schedule for Oaklawn’s 2016 live meet is as follows: STAKES NAME CLOSE DATE RACE DATE Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes 2/19/16


3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares, 6 Furlongs Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes 3-Year-Olds & Up, 6 Furlongs



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3-Year-Olds and Up, 11⁄16 Miles Rainbow Miss Stakes 3-Year-Olds, Fillies, 6 Furlongs Rainbow Stakes 3-Year-Olds, 6 Furlongs

GEORGIA HORSE RACING COALITION NEWS NTRA Makes Case for Horse Racing in Georgia Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, testified on behalf of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition in the first round of the study committee hearings on the preservation of Georgia’s Hope Scholarship Program. Proceeds from pari-mutuel racing are being looked at as one option to help fund the program. “Atlanta is the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without a racetrack,” Waldrop said. “That is a hole in the economy of Atlanta that has to be filled.” Waldrop outlined the impact and importance of horse racing at the national and international level and then discussed the current impact of the horse industry in Georgia and how that could be enhanced with the addition of pari-mutuel racing. Waldrop’s presentation is available online at gahorseracing.org.

INDIANA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Spanish Steps Filly Tops Fall Mixed Sale The Indiana Thoroughbred fall mixed sale, powered by the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and sponsored by Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, was held October 25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. An Indiana-bred daughter of the Unbridled stallion Spanish Steps topped the sale with an $18,000 bid from Gary Patrick. Consigned by Justice Farm, the filly is out of a winning Sky Classic mare who is the dam of six winners. Gross sales came in at $96,700 with 35 of 56 head selling for an average of $2,762. For complete results, go to itobasales.com.


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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Stallion Season Auction Set for January 2015 The ITOBA Stallion Season Auction will be held on starquine.com from January 20-22. This is the origin of the yearly Stallion Season Auction Stakes races worth $75,000 each for fillies and colts and geldings. More information and nomination forms for the Stallion Stakes program are available at itoba.com.

Indiana Horse Racing Commission to Institute Marketing and Promotions Initiatives The Indiana Horse Racing Commission issued the following press release shortly after IHRC Executive Director Joe Gorajec was removed from his position after a 4-0 vote during an October 10 meeting. A search for his replacement is being conducted. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will focus on instituting marketing and promotions initiatives to further the horse racing industry in the state of Indiana. The Commission, already known for its strong stance on regulatory issues, doesn’t plan on lessening the regulatory environment. “We’re not going to do one thing to take away our integrity in this industry,” stated Commission Chairman Tom Weatherwax in an earlier conversation with the Indiana Business Journal. Chairman Weatherwax noted, “Indiana has many positive things to offer the horse racing industry, and I would like to focus on telling that story. I believe that Indiana’s horse racing industry and the economic impact that it brings to our state is one of the best kept secrets in the nation.” He added: “Indiana’s already home to racetracks that operate under the highest level of quality and show tremendous support for the industry and the Commission’s breed development programs, which provide excellent incentives for breeding horses in our great state. That being said, there is opportunity for this industry to grow even more.” The Commission would like to continue to work with industry leaders to foster growth, as well as strengthen and build new partnerships with members of the Indiana agriculture industry, the Department of Tourism, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Purdue University. “There are exciting things happening in Indiana that only strengthen what we have to offer, such as the groundbreaking of the Centaur Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center in Shelbyville on Tuesday, October 20. It will be a great addition and is another positive thing that Indiana has to offer its horse racing community. There are many of us, including former Senator Robert Jackman, Senator Luke Kenley, Centaur and the horsemen’s associations that have been working for years on this and are happy to see it become a reality for Indiana.” Additional marketing efforts include continued partnerships with the racetracks and their TV partners to promote Indiana’s breed development and racing programs in addition to the future implementation of a digital presence and various community outreach efforts. “We will be striving to identify and implement more opportunities and innovative ways to raise awareness and increase participation in our Indiana horse racing program,” concluded Weatherwax. For additional information about the Indiana Horse Racing Commission or its program, call (317) 233-3119 or visit in.gov/hrc.


IOWA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS ITBOA 2015 Fall Mixed Sale Results The ITBOA annual fall mixed sale of Thoroughbreds, held October 18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, recorded an all-time record for gross proceeds of $371,350. Fifty-seven horses were sold, including 49 yearlings. The sale topper, represented by perennial leading consignor Madison County Thoroughbred Farm, agent for Gary Lucas, was a bay yearling colt by Discreetly Mine out of multiple Iowa champion mare One Fine Shweetie who brought a final bid of $48,000 from Cando Partners. Despite the record total receipts, both the average and the median for yearlings declined compared to a year ago. The yearling average dropped from $8,192 to $7,419, and the median decreased from $5,200 to $2,500. The buyback rate decreased significantly, from 26.9 percent in 2014 to just 15.5 percent this year.

Stallion Season Auction The ITBOA’s 2015 online stallion season auction gets underway following the annual meeting on December 5 and continues through December 12. The time and location for the annual meeting will be announced shortly and will be published on the ITBOA website, iowathoroughbred.com. ITBOA members who attend the meeting will automatically be entered in a drawing to win $1,000 toward the purchase of a stallion season in the auction. All offspring of stallions whose seasons are sold—whether they are Iowa-breds or not—will be eligible for three restricted races, the 2019 Stallion Futurity for 2-year-olds and two 2020 stallion stakes for 3-year-olds, one for fillies and one for colts and geldings. Minimum purse for each of these races will be $50,000. Last year, 113 seasons sold in the auction, and the three races carried total purses of $207,000. In addition to the purses, the farms that donated the winners’ sires each receive an incentive payment of $5,000, and if the winner is a “bonus baby”—one bred using the season purchased in the auction—that owner receives an additional $5,000. Information about the stallion auction and nomination forms are available online at the ITBOA website, which also contains a link to complete results of the mixed sale and a video replay of the sale.

Prairie Meadows 2016 Thoroughbred Meet The 67-day 2016 Prairie Meadows meet will open Thursday, April 28, and run through Saturday, August 13. Racing will be held Thursdays through Sundays with the first post at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. As the result of an Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ruling early this year that effectively increased by 3.3 percent the share of casino gaming revenue intended to support state-bred racing and breeding, Prairie Meadows and the Iowa HBPA agreed that in order to maintain overnight purses at 2014 levels they will reduce their contribution to Iowa-bred stakes from $515,000 to $200,000. While the number of


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state-bred stakes will remain at 13, purses for six of these races will decrease from 15 to 20 percent each, with the state breeders’ fund now supplying 78 percent of the guaranteed purse values. The full 2016 Prairie Meadows stakes program will be announced at a later date.

MICHIGAN THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Although the Hazel Park meet ended early on August 8, we were still able run the Michigan Sire stakes, and we were still able to run them for $50,000 per race. Following are the 2015 results: 2-Year-Old Colts & Geldings: Gun Powder Gun Power—Valley Loot, by Demaloot Demashoot Owner/Breeder: Felicia Campbell Trainer: Ronald D. Allen Sr. 2-Year-Old Fillies: High Legend Elusive Hour—Harlan Cat, by Harlan Owner/Breeder: Elkhorn Oaks Inc. Trainer: James Jackson 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings: Runnin Fun Equality—Havin Fun Now, by Quiet Enjoyment Owner/Breeder: James A. Griffin Trainer: Richard Rettele 3-Year-Old Fillies: Trinity Revealed Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan Owner: Marion F. Gorham Breeder: Guy Duane Russell & Deborah Rene Russell Trainer: Dr. Robert M. Gorham Older Colts & Geldings: Notch Sky Approval—Leading Memories, by Doc’s Leader Owner/Trainer: Denis Cluley Breeder: Denis & Cathie Cluley Older Fillies & Mares: Comeflywithanangel Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan Owner: Antonio Flores Breeder: Guy Duane Russell & Deborah Rene Russell We are looking forward to returning to Hazel Park next year! The MTOBA year-end awards will be voted on in January. Our “Race into Fall” auction offering the Breeders’ Cup Package ended October 1. We wish to thank everyone who participated that made this event a success. The board of directors would like to wish all of our members a wonderful holiday season.

NORTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS President’s Message Our awards dinner will be held February 6, 2016, at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, starting at 6:00 p.m. The speaker will be Lenny Shulman, one of the best-known writers and reporters in the Thoroughbred world. He is a contributing writer for The Blood-Horse and an Emmy Award-winning writer who worked in TV and film in Hollywood for two decades. He wrote and produced “Kids Incorporated,” wrote for the NFL on FOX and co-wrote the feature film “Dice Rules.” For the past 15 years, his work has appeared in The Blood-Horse, and he is also the author of Ride of Their Lives, a behind-the-scenes look at the triumphs and turmoil of Thoroughbred racing’s top jockeys. He also penned the novel Long Way from Home based on characters from his childhood. This is a very special speaker, so please make arrangements to attend the celebration of our people and their wonderful horses. We need to give a special thanks to Rebecca Montaldo for getting us the wonderful speaker. The Naismith Grill will cater the event, which will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a carving station, as well as beer and wine. This is a wonderful small club and will be loads of fun for all of us. We will again have a silent auction, so if you have anything to donate please bring it or if you cannot attend and want to donate something, we will make arrangements to get it to the auction. More information will be following on our Facebook page and ncthoroughbreds.com. If anyone would like to play a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, it is a public course and I am sure they would love to have you play before the dinner begins. You can learn more by going to uncfinley.com. Please join us for a wonderful time. There is no home basketball game for UNC on this weekend, so traffic will not be a problem. — Joanne Dew

A Lifelong Dream Becomes a Reality! By Fred Griffith From the first time I ever learned about setting goals and actually writing them down, I have always reached for the stars. From the beginning, my goals always included “own a Thoroughbred racehorse.” In 2014, that goal was reached! Through a customer of mine, Schley Jones, I learned about his daughter Megan and a horse syndication she worked for called Team Valor International. While we were transacting a business deal, my mind was racing about what he had told me Team Valor offered to an atypical investor like myself. A few meetings later, we had Megan on the phone and she was explaining to me how partnerships worked and about the man who formed Team Valor, Mr. Barry Irwin. When I got home, I did a little research of my own about Barry Irwin and what his career is like in the world of horse racing. I wanted to understand how a young lady from South Carolina ended up in Kentucky working for him. Barry has had an amazing career and has led the charge for banning drugs in the sport of horse racing. All I had to read was about Animal Kingdom, the Team Valor horse who won the Kentucky Derby. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 21

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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS I immediately phoned Megan and asked her to tell me how to make it affordable for someone like me to get involved in what I had always considered to be a sport only for the ultra-wealthy. After all, it is the king’s sport! She explained to me that I could own a small percentage in one horse in the U.S. or I could own the same percentage in five yearlings in South Africa. I asked, “South Africa? Why South Africa?” She told me about how much Barry had been doing down there for years and how many great Thoroughbreds had come from there. She also elaborated on how much less expensive it was to train and keep horses there, as compared to the cost in this country. Well, of course, I liked the idea of spreading my investment over five horses instead of taking a chance on just one, since this was all new to me. I never knew how exciting, addicting and fun this could truly be. I have loved every second of it! I have spent many late night hours reading as much as I can find to learn more of how the sport works. Team Valor shares a wealth of information with its partners and I have met many knowledgeable people, so now I love talking horses every chance I get. I found out that North Carolina has a doctor who is a pretty big deal in the world of racing, so I set out to contact Dr. Steve Laymon. I sent him a message via email and he immediately called me back. He was more than willing to talk to me and educate me about his experiences and said the same thing that I find myself saying all the time. He said, “I love to talk horses, so you can call me anytime!” He invited me to the NCTA banquet dinner the following month, where I heard them request those who would like to be nominated as potential board members and I understood that they wanted some “new blood” to bring new life to the process. Steve kept telling me to raise my hand, so next thing I knew, they were voting me in as a board member. Now I knew I really had to step it up and learn as much as possible very quickly. I took off on a road trip to Lexington, Kentucky, and spent some time with Peter Bradley, who had been the keynote speaker at the banquet a few weeks earlier. He is another enthusiastic guy who was more than willing to spend time with me and give me opportunities to visit some farms. The highlight of my trip was meeting Tapit at Gainesway Farm. I truly fell in love with Keeneland. Wow, what a place! I now own through syndication five horses with Team Valor International—Speedball, Stockade, Megan Jones, Silken and Salinger. I also have two with Flying G, another partnership here in the U.S, named Queens Kitten and Only I Know, and a single horse with Imagine Racing, Trizan, also in South Africa. My wife, Robin, and daughter, Georgia, along with a few other ladies, own a 3-year-old filly through the Team Valor lady’s division called Valor Ladies. They own a stake in Union et Force, who broke her maiden in Italy and is now training in Belmont with Jimmy Toner after healing from a few health setbacks. We are all looking forward to her U.S. debut. If you have ever thought about jumping in the game, I would highly recommend looking at a syndication type partnership.


Exciting News for NCTA Members What an exciting time for our North Carolina Thoroughbred Association members! If only we could convince legislators to realize the tremendous opportunity that would come from allowing pari-mutuel betting. That soapbox speech will be saved for the next time I’m asked to write the newsletter. We have had our first graded stakes winner this year and a couple of placings in graded races, as well, for NCTA members. Nancy Shuford bred our first graded stakes winner this year. Pretty N Cool has two Grade 2 stakes wins at Del Mar and Belmont Park and a second in a Grade 1 stakes thus far. Nancy bred one fine filly in Pretty N Cool! We have also had a few maiden wins including True Bet, who won at Saratoga, and Speedball, owned by Fred Griffith in a syndication partnership with Team Valor, who won at Kenilworth in South Africa. Beth Muirhead bred More Than Special, who was also a winner this year. Other winners include Saratoga Wildcat, owned by Brad Graham, partners, and Missdixieactivist, bred by Jim Chandley/ Chandley Farms LLC. We have had numerous second- and third-place finishes this year from various other North Carolina connections as well. Our very own Bob Sanford is the 2015 recipient of the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award. This award was presented to Bob at the TOBA awards dinner on September 11 in Lexington. North Carolina Breeder of the Year Award was also presented that night to Dr. Steve Laymon. Now you know why we are excited about the future of Thoroughbred racing in the great state of North Carolina. We have no tracks or pari-mutuel betting here, but that may soon change!

THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA NEWS Oklahoma Race Dates Set for 2016 The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission in October approved racing dates for Oklahoma’s tracks in 2016. There will be a total of 97 Thoroughbred race dates between Remington Park and Will Rogers Downs, plus 34 days of mixed racing at Fair Meadows. The commission also approved 78 days for American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Paint racing. Following are the Thoroughbred and mixed dates: Remington Park (67 dates) August 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 September 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 October 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 November 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 30 December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 Will Rogers Downs (30 dates) March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 April 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 May 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21 Fair Meadows (34 mixed dates) June 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 July 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30


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Stallion Stakes Forms Available for 2016 Breeding Season Horsemen are reminded that changes have been made to the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes starting with the breeding season of 2016 (foals of 2017). All progeny of nominated stallions are now eligible for the Stallion Stakes free of charge. A one-time stallion nomination fee each year provides eligibility for all foals of the nominated stallion for that breeding season. The stallion must be an accredited Oklahoma-bred, and to receive Oklahoma-bred monies, the nominated foal must also be an accredited Oklahoma-bred. The nomination fee for stallions is $1,000 by December 31, 2015, with no late nominations. A stallion bonus will also be paid based on the number of nominated stallions. All monies received from stallion nomination fees will be divided equally for each race and split on a 60/20/11/6/3 percent basis for the top five finishers. If 40 stallions are nominated, a stallion bonus of $20,000 per race will be paid with the winning stallion earning $12,000. The Oklahoma Stallion Stakes will consist of two races for 3-yearolds in 2020, one for fillies and one for colts and geldings with an estimated purse of $50,000 each. The races will run at Remington Park. If you have any questions or need a nomination form, call the TRAO at (405) 427-8753 or go to traoracing.com.

Remington Park Medical Clinic for TRAO Members In August 2015 at the start of the Remington Park Thoroughbred meet, the TRAO, with the help of Dr. Mark Lipe, opened up an onsite medical clinic serving all eligible TRAO members. Lipe has been an avid breeder for more than 10 years and stands three prominent stallions in Oklahoma. His intentions were to give back to the industry. “This clinic has been a goal of mine for many years, and without the help of the TRAO, this wouldn’t be possible,” he said. The medical clinic is open for walk-ins every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All patients are seen on an as-needed basis for all health care needs. The clinic is designed for sick patients and those in need of refills for other previously diagnosed chronic illnesses. The clinic has been a huge success and has seen more than 100 patients since it opened. One of the many positives of the clinic is receiving prescriptions the next day without any out-of-pocket expense to the patient or the unneeded travel to and from a doctor. In November the medical clinic administered more than 116 flu vaccinations for owners, trainers and their employees. The TRAO also offers other health services, including dental and optical. If you would like more information on how the TRAO can help you, please visit our website at traoracing.com or contact the office at (405) 427-8753.

OKHBPA/TRAO Owner and Breeder Elections for 2016–2018 Term Ballots were mailed on November 16 for the OKHBPA/TRAO owner and breeder elections for the 2016–2018 term. All return ballots must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2015. Following are the candidates:

Owner Director Wilson Brown Danny Caldwell Tim Denny Dave Faulkner Steve Schooley Michele Williams Robert Zoellner

Breeder Director Randy Blair Francisco Bravo Ellen Caines Boyd Caster Joan Charlton C.R. Trout

SOUTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Graduates of South Carolina’s many training centers had some tremendous success in recent months across the country. Following is just a sampling of that success. On the October 10 West Virginia Classics Night at Charles Town, Shuler Stables prepped four of the nine stakes winners. It started early as Spa Creek captured the first race, the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Distaff, for owners Coleswood Farm and David Raim and trainer Jeff Runco. You didn’t have to wait long for other Shuler-prepared runners to win as Navy Ribbon captured the second race, the West Virginia Division of Tourism Breeders’ Classic, and Bullets Fever won the third, the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes. Navy Ribbon is owned by Coleswood Farm and Neil Glasser and trained by Jeff Runco. Bullets Fever is owned by David Raim and also trained by Runco. The Shuler-Runco pick three paid $20.60. The Charles Town bettors recognized that “It Pays to Train in South Carolina.” The fourth winner came in race nine as Slip the Cable won the West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic Stakes, again for owner Coleswood Farm and trainer Runco. Quite a night for Shuler Stables! Webb Carroll Training Center graduates captured five stakes in the four-day period of October 15-18. The stakes winning started on October 15 when Holiday Star won the Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland for owner George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable and trainer Graham Motion. Next, on October 17, there were three stakes wins in one day. Lexington Street won the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes at Laurel Park for owner Marathon Farms and trainer Gary Capuano, and Dr. Shane won the New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes for owner Dutchess Views Farm and trainer Nicholas Esler. Topping the day was Lucky Lindy winning the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby at Hawthorne for owner Augustin Stable and trainer Mark Frostad. The streak continued the next day as Kitten’s Point won the Grade 3 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland for Augustin Stable and Motion. Congratulations to all the connections and to Webb and his team. Franklin Smith’s Elloree Training Center had coast-to-coast graded winners in late August when Keen Ice defeated Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes for owner Donegal Racing and trainer Dale Romans. The next day, and nearly 3,000 miles away, Stellar Wind won the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar for Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler. Congratulations again to all the winners. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 23

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Changes Made to Texas Stallion Stakes Series

Three Appointed to Texas Racing Commission, Funding Extended for 90 Days

The TTA Board of Directors met via conference call in October and approved changes to the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series in an effort to achieve fuller fields while maintaining purse levels in excess of black-type minimums. Beginning with races for the foal crop of 2014, the fees of $500 to enter and $1,000 to start have been reduced to $250 to enter with $500 to start. Purses for each division of the three races in the series will be $65,000. Yearlings (foals of 2014) may be nominated to the series by payment of $500 by December 31. Weanlings (foals of 2015) may be nominated by payment of $100 by December 31. Nomination forms were mailed to all TTA members on November 3 and are available for download at texasthoroughbred.com.

The Legislative Budget Board on November 6 authorized an additional 90 days of budget authority to the Texas Racing Commission (TRC), allowing the agency to continue its operations through February 2016. The decision came after new commissioners were appointed to the TRC. The TRC stirred controversy last year by authorizing historical racing at Texas racetracks over the objections of some legislators. The 261st District Court in Travis County struck the rule down, stating that the TRC exceeded its authority. The ruling is currently under appeal; however, the TRC did not join the appeal. In August the TRC voted 4-3-1 against repealing the rule from the books. The Texas Thoroughbred Association, along with other horsemen and the state’s racetracks, are still working toward a long-term solution to fully fund the TRC. On the same day, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Margaret Martin and Rolando Pablos and reappointed Dr. Gary Aber to the TRC for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. Martin of Boerne is an independent international businesswoman who specializes in bringing companies and individuals together in business development and energy. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in 2007 and served there until 2015. Pablos of El Paso is CEO of the Borderplex Alliance. Previously, he served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, and on the Public Utility Commission and the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors. Aber of Simonton is a veterinarian and owner of Simonton Veterinary Clinic, as well as a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He was appointed by Perry to the TRC in 2012. For further updates on the TRC funding issue, go to texasthoroughbred.com.

TTA Board Election Set The following slate of candidates will run for election to serve three-year terms (2016–2018) on the Texas Thoroughbred Association Board of Directors: Northeast Region (1 position) — Jim Harris of Grapeland and Judy Peek of Annona South Region (1 position) — Jerry Moore of Kerrville and G.W. Oliver of Fair Oaks Ranch. At-large (5 positions) — John Adger (incumbent) of Houston, Bethe Deal of Sabinal, Sonny Ellen of Bryan, Terry Eoff of Boerne, Phil Leckinger (incumbent) of Tioga, Rick Penn (incumbent) of Parker, Rory Rieger of Fort Worth, Tracy Sheffield of Wimberley, Sherie Smith of Winters and David Stephens, DVM (incumbent) of Aubrey. Ballots were mailed to all current TTA members on November 2, with a December 15 election deadline.


Date Set for Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Old Sale The Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale has been set for April 4 at Lone Star Park with the breeze show on April 2. As outlined in the previous issue, the TTA will conduct a 2-year-olds in training sale and it will be managed by Tim Boyce, who formerly ran the auction for Fasig-Tipton Texas. All sale graduates will be eligible to the 2016 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, which will be run in two divisions at Lone Star. Every horse consigned to the Texas 2-year-old sale, regardless of the state in which they were bred, will receive a free nomination to the race. Free nominations are also given to any accredited Texas-bred who passed through a recognized yearling sale or was consigned to the cancelled TTA yearling sale. All other Accredited Texas-breds who did not go through a sale can be made eligible for a $250 nomination payment. The consignment deadline is January 15, 2016, and forms, fees and conditions for both the sale and futurity are available at texasthoroughbred.com.

TTEF Scholarship Applications Now Available Scholarship applications for the 2016–2017 school year are now available from the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund. To request an application, contact Mary Ruyle at (512) 458-6133. For eligibility criteria, see texasthoroughbred.com/ttef-scholarships.

Successful Roses to Ribbons Event The TTA’s Paddock Foundation hosted the Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair at Retama Park on October 10 to help find new homes for retired racehorses. Thirty-three horses were presented, with about half finding new homes. Many thanks to Retama Park staff, Tracy Sheffield, Joan Tracy, and Hal and Renee Wiggins for your help in making the event successful. Check out photos from the event on the TTA and Paddock Foundation Facebook pages.


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2016 Texas Race Dates Awarded At its October 13 meeting, the Texas Racing Commission approved 2016 race dates for Texas racetracks. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted a 50-day Thoroughbred meet running from April 7 to July 17. It was also granted a 26-day American Quarter Horse meet from September 16 to November 12. Sam Houston Race Park was granted a 32-day Thoroughbred meet from January 15 to March 8 and a 26-day Quarter Horse meet from March 25 to May 16. Retama Park was granted a 26-day Thoroughbred meet running from September 2 to November 26 and a 20-day Quarter Horse meet from June 10 to August 13. The Gillespie County Fairgrounds Association was granted its traditional eight-day mixed breed meet for the following dates: July 2-3, July 16-17, August 13-14 and August 27-28.




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Native Oklahoman Toby Keith likes to have a good time at the track and has found success as an owner and breeder.

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Horse racing is more than a hobby for country music star Toby Keith by Sara Dacus For more than two decades, Toby Keith has been a powerhouse in country music with 20 songs topping the Billboard Hot Country charts. Hits like “I Love This Bar,” “Red Solo Cup” and “Beer for My Horses” (with Willie Nelson) have transcended country music and infiltrated pop culture. He’s sold in excess of 40 million albums around the world, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and collaborated with music icons like Nelson. So what does he do when he gets a break from touring and recording? He hits the track. The singer-songwriter, whose full name is Toby Keith Covel, has experienced a high level of success in a hobby he is passionate about: owning and breeding Thoroughbred racehorses. He is the owner of Dream Walkin’ Farms and has 300 to 500 horses in Oklahoma and Kentucky at any given time with a long list of stakes winners to his credit. Keith is also one of 15 celebrities chosen to be Breeders’

Cup ambassadors. In this role, he serves as a spokesperson for the event and the sport of horse racing. “Racing is my hobby,” Keith said. “I’m infatuated with the whole thing. It’s something I can do every day that I enjoy. I enjoy researching pedigrees and picking out matings. I go all around the country to the races. I really enjoy it.” Traveling with a group of friends who are also involved in the industry, Keith frequents tracks all over the country to watch his horses compete. “We fly in, watch a race, eat a steak, drink a glass of wine and smoke a cigar,” he said. “Then we fly back out. We love it.” When Keith was a regional bar act in the early 1990s, he enjoyed visiting tracks like Sunland Park and Lone Star Park while he was on the road. His dad’s enthusiasm for the sport prompted him to get involved as an owner. “My dad grew up in a little town called Bradley, which AMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 29

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is way down in south-central Oklahoma,” Keith said. “His buddies he grew up with had horses and raced them at Remington. He got such a thrill out of going to the races with those guys. It was around ’95 or ’96, and I was starting to be successful. I said, ‘Why don’t we get us one?’ So we bought a horse.” That horse was named Jack Branch, an unraced Texas-bred by Creole Dancer. Good luck struck early for Keith and his dad, Oklahoma-bred Seeking Ms Shelley, an earner of nearly $400,000, is a Dream Walkin’ Farms and Jack Branch romped to a 7 homebred by Keith’s stallion Cactus Ridge. She is now set to become a broodmare. ½-length win in his debut and went on to win two more races. Dustin Orona Photography “The feeling was incredible,” Keith recalled. “So then we bought another one. Then currently competing. Others include a 2-year-old named I bred a couple mares. Then I bought a farm. I started Drinking Song, a 3-year-old named Hillbilly Royalty and breeding my own mares and going to the yearling sales.” a 5-year-old mare named Ghost Locket. Keith named his stable Dream Walkin’ Farms after his His favorite horse is homebred Cactus Ridge. He was 1997 album and hit single of the same name. an undefeated 2-year-old who won three stakes and was “When I built my farm, it was my dream farm,” Keith headed to the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) until he said. “About the time I started building it that song came was sidelined with a knee injury. out. That was exactly what I was doing. I was dream “He was my first big freak show,” Keith said about the walkin’. I didn’t know I would be in the horse business son of Hennessy. “He was the first guy who came out and this long. Here we are 17, 18 years later. Still rockin’ and blew people’s doors off. He won one race by 15 lengths. rollin’ and loving it.” He wasn’t in second place a jump in his life. And he was a As a student of pedigrees, Keith said it is not difficult pretty successful stallion.” to balance his singing career with owning a stable. Another favorite is Seeking Ms Shelley, an Oklahoma“My end of running my business is right bred daughter of Cactus Ridge who is now a broodmare here on my iPad,” he said. “Sometimes I re- on his farm. search pedigrees until 3 or 4 in the morning. “She was a homebred,” he said about the three-time I make a note to call my farm manager and tell stakes winner of nearly $400,000. “She had colon probhim where I want the horses to go. lems, so she only got to start 28 times, but she raced until “Every one of them that you breed at your she was 9. She hit the board 80 percent of the time. She house you want to see do well,” he added. “I was amazing, and she is in foal right now. She is going to love getting the matings right and then watch- start having babies.” ing them grow into something—when you Keith has two stallions standing at Royal Vista Ranchenvision something in your mind and es in Wayne, Oklahoma. Doctor Chit is a graded stakesthen it comes to be. Like Smack Smack placed son of War Front whose first crop arrived this year, winning the Horse of the Year at Prairie and Sebastian County is a full brother to Cactus Ridge Meadows and the Clever Trevor Stakes who earned more than $230,000. at Remington in 2013.” Keith said the goal for his stable is to continue to be Smack Smack, who won the Gov- successful. He is in the industry because it is his favorite ernor’s Cup Stakes at Remington in hobby, and he loves it. August, is one of Keith’s favorite horses “Horse racing and breeding is not just a passing fancy 30


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or tiny hobby for Toby Keith,” Dale Day, track announcer for Remington, said. “It is a true passion. He is fully invested in trying to breed better horses and completely enjoys the sporting end of it. When he is not on the road performing, there is a better than average chance he is at the track watching his horses race and enjoying himself.” Keith is a true ambassador for racing beyond the Breeders’ Cup and in his home state of Oklahoma. “I try to promote the sport in any way I can,” Keith said. “I promote it in the music industry. If I am at Del Mar or Churchill or wherever, I’m willing to do what I can to support horse racing. It is something I am passionate about.”H

Keith is one of 15 Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors who use their celebrity status to promote the world championship event and horse racing in general.

Sara Dacus is a lifelong Arkansan who teaches eighthgrade English. While she was dating her now husband, he took her to Oaklawn Park, and a love affair with both ignited. This article originally ran on the America’s Best Racing blog at americasbestracing.net. Keith Hinkle

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Rising Star C.J. McMahon emerges as one of racing’s brightest up-and-comers By Rudi Groothedde Photos by Dustin Orona Photography


harles J. McMahon, or “C.J.” as he is better known, may appear to be just another young jockey enjoying success at a very early age, but what sets him apart from his peers is the level of maturity, dedication and humility that he displays. Although he just celebrated his 21st birthday in early November, his relatively short career has already yielded a number of achievements well beyond his years. The son of a successful American Quarter Horse jockey, McMahon may be on the path to emulating the legendary 19th and 20th century achievements of Racing Hall of Fame riders Isaac Murphy, Willie Simms and Jimmy Winkfield, among other African-American trailblazers in the Thoroughbred industry. “I feel like I am a role model for other young jockeys coming up,” McMahon said. “I started riding pro34

fessionally at the age of 16, and I have been blessed to have success in these first five years. I just want younger jockeys, especially African-Americans, to know that they can do anything they put their minds to. No one can hold you back regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity or religion. Whatever the mind can conceive, you can achieve, if you are willing to put in the work.”

Modern Approach

McMahon is deservedly proud of achieving his first career riding title, which came at the conclusion of Lone Star Park’s meet on July 19. And what an achievement it was. He won on more than one of every three rides, and his 95 victories in 284 starts for the 50-day meet were a furlong ahead of runner-up Cliff Berry’s total of 53 winner’s circle visits. McMahon’s


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McMahon already has a Lone Star Park riding title to his credit, and now he’s aiming for the crown at Remington Park.

corresponding earnings at the Grand Prairie oval this season were $985,127. He even tallied more second-place finishes (54) than wins by Berry, the all-time leading rider at Lone Star whose lifetime victories are approaching 4,500. McMahon’s landmark meet was punctuated by “five-baggers” on two consecutive days in June. On July 3, McMahon shared his perspective with racing enthusiasts in a unique way: He allowed a GoPro video camera to be mounted to his helmet for his ride on Harpers Princess in a 11⁄16-mile turf race, an endeavor which came down to a thrilling, three-horse finish. The resulting video, accompanied by a pulsing modern rock track, was posted on Lone Star Park’s YouTube channel. “I definitely think the GoPro video camera attached to my helmet was a great way to promote racing, especially to the younger generation, who are so technologically driven,” McMahon explained. “It lets racing fans

and even those who have no idea about horse racing get an inside look of exactly what it’s like to be on board a racehorse in an actual race. I think ideas like the GoPro video and even more fan days at the races can attract a younger audience.” Not one to rest on his laurels, and also not one to waver from a challenge, McMahon is now expanding his horizons. The young rider, who has already plied his trade at tracks such as Churchill Downs and Keeneland, is now tackling his first meet at Remington Park. True to form, he is battling Ramon Vazquez for the riding title and that pair has pulled clear of the pack, with McMahon holding a 57-55 win lead through early November. McMahon also ranks among the top 20 nationally by wins with 174, and his 24 percent win clip is near the top among riders with a significant number of mounts. Although his chosen career path keeps him on the road for much of the year, McMahon’s thoughts are never far from his current home of Lafayette, Louisiana, located halfway between his birthplace of Jasper, Texas, and the site of his favorite racetrack: Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. His adopted home state also allows him to enjoy some of the other benefits of youth. “I’m from ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ [Louisiana], so I love to go fishing, hunting and riding four-wheelers,” he said. “I’m an avid sports fan and a big fan of basketball. My favorite team is the Chicago Bulls and favorite player is Derrick Rose. Above all, I’m very family-oriented, so I genuinely enjoy spending time with them.”

Born to Ride

Racing roots run deep in McMahon’s family. “I am a third-generation horseman,” he said. “My father [Charles W. McMahon] was a Quarter Horse jockey and my maternal grandfather [the late Phillip Calais Sr.] was a Quarter Horse trainer. My mother [Sandra McMahon] was a longtime jockey’s agent and is now a Louisiana state racing official at Evangeline Downs. My uncle [Phillip Calais Jr.] is also a Quarter Horse trainer.” With these bloodlines, it is no surprise that McMahon got an early start in the saddle. “I would say I rode my first horse around the age of 2, but that’s only a guess,” he mused. “I have been around horses since the womb, technically.” McMahon’s father, nicknamed “Dink,” posted nearly 2,200 victories with both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. The elder McMahon’s 50-plus stakes wins include a victory with the Quarter Horse filly I Hear a AMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 35

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Symphony in the Grade 1 All American Derby at New Mexico’s Ruidoso Downs on September 4, 1994, a mere two months and a day prior to C.J.’s birth. That was a benchmark year for Dink McMahon, as he also won the Lazy E National Quarter Horse Jockey Championship at Remington on June 12. Family members are among C.J. McMahon’s One of McMahon’s most recent most admired role models in both his career and stakes winners is Doug Wall’s his life. homebred Ibaka, a 21-1 winner of “My family has always instilled in me the the OKC Turf Classic during the October 16 Oklahoma Classics at Remington. value of remaining humble and to always work harder than I did the day before,” he said. “They have played an important role in my career. My mother, father, older brother and grandfather have been been in his talented hands, including the stakes winners very vital in my career progression.” Mollys Missb’havin, Quick Dagger, Bourbon Courage “Riding a horse was something that he picked up eas- and Mark Valeski. ily; he’s a natural,” Sandra McMahon beamed. “I am very, McMahon rode Mollys Missb’havin to all four of her very proud of him winning the jockey title at Lone Star. victories, including three consecutive wins that culmiHe has matured a lot and is now ready to go to bigger and nated with the $60,000 Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs better places where he will hopefully continue to succeed.” in November 2011. The following year, McMahon rode The young reinsman is quick to point out other indi- the colts Mark Valeski and Bourbon Courage to victory viduals who have had a strong influence on him. before they went on to bigger respective wins in the Peter “Sam Breaux, the trainer responsible for giving me my Pan Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park and Super Derby (G2) first job galloping horses at the age of 15, was also very at Louisiana Downs. important,” he noted. “Other industry people who have He achieved the first stakes win of his promising caplayed a role in my career include Karl Broberg, Mark reer on September 24, 2011, when he guided Tough Issie Guidry and Kevin Mudd, to name a few.” to a five-length romp for Sam Breaux in the $150,000 In addition to his father, some of McMahon’s other top Elge Rasberry Stakes on the Louisiana Downs turf course. role models in the racing industry are fellow jockeys De- On July 25 of this year, McMahon guided the Northern Shawn Parker and Robby Albarado, as well as his first agent, Afleet gelding Quick Dagger to triumph in the $75,000 Tony Martin, the latter two being longtime family friends. Turf Express Stakes at Evangeline for trainer Karl Broberg, who, like McMahon, led his peers during the 2015 Lone Star meet with 66 wins, the majority of which were McMahon is well on his way to establishing a career- booted home by McMahon. defining year, so it is interesting to examine the road that “C.J. is riding lights out right now; I believe he won all has brought him to this point. but five mounts for me at Lone Star,” marveled Broberg, His first professional ride came aboard the 15-1 long- North America’s dominant Thoroughbred trainer by wins shot True Emotion at Evangeline Downs on April 7, this year with an impressive total of 354 through early 2011. He scored his first winner at the same track on November. “I was well-aware of his talent as a bug boy, May 4 of that year, when Louisiana-bred Peter’s Valentino so we finally got together seriously after last year’s Delta dominated the field by 81⁄4 lengths. It was certainly a sign Downs meet, and the rest is history. of things to come. “Things weren’t going too well for him then, but he has “I would describe my riding style as patient, yet aggres- since turned it around by completely dedicating himself sive,” he said. “I can go to the lead or come off the pace, be to working hard,” Broberg added. “What I like about him in on the rail or in between horses. I’m pretty versatile; it is that he always has his horses in the right spot, and then really doesn’t matter, wherever the horse is comfortable.” tries his best to get the most out of them.” This adaptability has benefited many horses who have McMahon’s current agent is Robert Kelly.

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“We were first acquainted when I was asked by Karl to team up with him and go to Lone Star Park for the 2015 summer meet,” McMahon said. “Robert and I have developed a great relationship, and that can be attributed to his effective communication skills. Communication is the key to any successful relationship, both business and personal.” McMahon’s ambitions stretch as far as his can-do spirit can take him, to some of the sport’s most elite events. “I would like to ride in the Breeders’ Cup and the Dubai World Cup, to name but a few,” he said. “Hopefully, in the next five years, I can also be fortunate enough to get some more riding titles under my belt and ride in California and/or New York, at the same time winning such races as the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.”

Such heady numbers, when combined with the maturity he displays, surely qualify him for giving advice to a young person who might seek to follow in his career path. “I would tell anyone wanting to break into the horse racing industry to first be patient,” he advised. “Some things happen overnight; others take time. My brother [Kash McMahon] constantly tells me, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!’ You have to have short-term memory in wins and in losses. You have to ride harder and smarter than your last race and be willing to always learn. “The last and most important piece of advice I could offer is to always remain humble,” he added. “This is a dangerous profession and, at any given time, it could be taken away from you. Honor and respect your craft.” When offered by a young athlete who is polite, hardworking and dedicated to self-improvement, these are In late August, McMahon established a new personal wise words indeed. They prove that C.J. McMahon is record when he rode his 122nd winner of the year, sur- keeping his feet on the ground while reaching for the passing his previous season-best tally of 121 victories, a stars—refreshing traits from a rising talent whose abilinumber he recorded in his first year of riding. His total ties and ambitions have him poised on the brink of even career earnings recently topped $8 million. greater accomplishments. H

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Tax Talk:

The Importance of Advertising from the IRS’s Perspective By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

In any IRS audit of horse activities, one issue will be the extent to which the taxpayer has advertised horses for sale. Advertising is considered to be an effective type of promotion to attract customers, and if you do not advertise or otherwise promote the sale of your horses, the IRS can argue that you are not engaged in a business because you don’t care about selling your product. This is true whether your field involves racehorses, show horses or stud services. There are so many modes of advertising that it can be a daunting consideration. Advertising is more ubiquitous and intrusive than ever before, especially on the Internet. Many believe that in order to capture attention, ads need to provide useful content that will generate discussion. For advertising to be effective, the ads should be colorful, interesting and repeated over time. Magazines usually will provide a discounted rate for a series of ads. Again, getting back to the IRS audit issue, it is important to keep copies not only of the print ads, but also backup invoices issued by the magazines for substantiation purposes. The IRS might scrutinize particular ads and argue that they don’t adequately connect to the horse activity itself and that the costs should be disallowed. For example, sometimes ads can be a simple announcement or so-called “vanity” ad, and this may be subject to scrutiny by the IRS. In the IRS Audit Techniques Guide, revenue agents are advised as follows regarding section 183 audits: The examiner needs to review the actual copy of any advertising in instances where the taxpayer 38


has deducted such expenditures. Many taxpayers will buy advertising space for “vanity” ads. These spaces are frequently purchased to place photographs of their children and the children’s horses. The ads wish the children “best of luck” prior to upcoming show competitions. The examiner should use professional judgment to determine whether the advertisements truly represent promotion of the taxpayer’s horse activity. While those situations tend to apply more to the show industry, it is still a warning those in the racing industry should heed. Advertising is also important as a way of protecting existing customer good will. Expenditures of this type are designed to maintain good relations between your horse activity and those who are already familiar with your business. Goodwill advertising can extend to things such as sponsorship of horse events or sales, advertising in track programs or sale catalogs, or having promotional giveaway items, such as hats with your name or business logo. People who are audited by the IRS must realize that revenue agents often are not familiar with the horse industry and the difficulties people face, and the Audit Techniques Guide encourages agents to be skeptical towards the horse industry, particularly if the taxpayer has a history of losses. Advertising is one of numerous other elements that will help support the argument that your activity is engaged in for profit, not as a hobby. H John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the horse, livestock and farming industries since 1981. He serves clients in all 50 states and can be reached at (310) 278-0203 or by e-mail at johnalancohan@aol. com. His website is JohnAlanCohan.com.



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Dealing with Crooked Legs in Foals My newborn foal’s knees are bent. What should I do?

By Katie A. Seabaugh, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Though there are many things that can cause crooked legs in foals, if the foal cannot straighten its carpus (knee) when seen from the side, you are dealing with a contracture. Carpal contractures can range from mild cases where the foal can still stand but is “over at the knee” (Figure 1) to very severe cases where the foal cannot even stand (Figure 2). As with most things, the milder the case, the better the prognosis.

Photos courtesy University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The term “contracted tendons” is frequently used to describe this condition in foals, but it is more than just tendons contributing to the contracture. It is often the muscle-tendon unit of multiple muscles as well as the joint capsule and fascia (fibrous tissue) of the carpus, flexor retinaculum and ligaments. The exact cause of contracted tendons is unknown. Nutrition of the mare, positioning of the foal in the uterus, genetics, placental pathology and/ or toxic influences have been suggested. Treatments are targeted at getting these tissues to relax and consist of medical therapy as well as splinting or casting.

Figure 1: Ten-day-old foal with mild carpal contracture.

Medical Therapy Oxytetracycline is commonly used in young foals with carpal contracture. Oxytetracycline is

a broad-spectrum antibiotic that has been found to have benefits in contracted foals by causing relaxation of the muscles and tendons. It is most effective in younger foals and is often given once per day for two to four days consecutively. Care should be taken, however, because it can have negative effects on the kidneys. The foal should be well hydrated, and routine blood work should be performed to assess the health of the kidneys before administration. The stretching of the contracted joints can be a very painful process. It is highly recommended that some form of pain management be administered. This is best achieved by using some form of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). One example of an NSAID is phenylbutazone or Bute. Alternative NSAIDs that are safer and easier to dose in foals include firocoxib (Equioxx), carprofen, meloxicam or ketoprofen.

Figure 2: One-day-old foal with severe carpal contracture.

Splinting and Casting Limb immobilization in the form of bandages, casts or splints is often critical for correcting carpal contraction. These devices cause constant stretching of the contracted structures. Casts are often left in place for days to weeks to 40


accomplish relaxation (Figure 3). Casts and splints can result in pressure sores very quickly in young foals; therefore it is important to reset the bandages and splints daily. For that reason, splints are often preferred because they can be removed and the limb can be monitored for the development of sores. Splints can also be removed to allow periods of exercise. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is commonly used as splint material (Figure 4). Splints should always be placed over a well-padded bandage. Rehabilitation through the use of manual therapy and controlled exercise is also important for the cor-

Figure 3: Seven-week-old foal in bilateral forelimb casts.

rection of contracted tendons. Stall confinement is recommended if the foal is not able to walk on its own.

But once it can walk, small sessions of exercise will help stretch the contracted tissues. When the foal is lying down, passive range of motion exercises can also help. Consultation with your veterinarian is important before instituting any of these treatments. H Dr. Katie Seabaugh is a board-certified equine surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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Figure 4: Six-week-old foal with a full limb PVC splint applied to the right forelimb.

topic or answering a question submitted by an American Racehorse reader. To submit a question to possibly be answered in a future issue, send an email to info@americanracehorse.com or a fax to (512) 870-9324. To find out more about the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, go to vet.uga.edu/hospital. Please note that all questions may not be answered in the magazine, and horsemen should seek the advice of their veterinarian for urgent issues.



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Shotgun Kowboy leads a parade of state-bred stakes winners around the region

• by denis blake

One of the goals of any restricted stakes program is to provide racing opportunities for horses bred in or sired by stallions in that particular state. Those races are attractive to owners, breeders and trainers for the obvious reason that many horses are not eligible, and of course the chance to earn black-type and big purses doesn’t hurt either. While those races are sometimes “easier” than open stakes races, you might not know that judging by the performances of state-breds around the Southwest and Midwest, both against their own kind and in open company, in September and October. The most convincing evidence came in Remington Park’s marquee race, the Grade 3, $424,000 Oklahoma Derby. A strong field of sophomores from across North America converged in Oklahoma City, but it was the hometown horse, Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy, who scored the victory for breeder, owner and trainer C.R. Trout and Reming-

ton’s all-time leading and soon-to-be retired jockey Cliff Berry. Shotgun Kowboy joined Clever Trevor, winner of the 1989 inaugural running known then as the Remington Park Derby, as the only horses bred in the Sooner State to win Oklahoma’s biggest Thoroughbred event. On that same card, Ivan Fallunovalot proved the strength of the Texas breeding program, as the son of that state’s all-time leading stallion Valid Expectations captured the $151,650 Remington Park Sprint Cup and then went on to compete against the best sprinters in the world in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Oklahoma Classics Night at Remington featured an encore performance by Shotgun Kowboy in the Classics Cup and a homecoming for Heykittykittykitty, a daughter of Oklahoma stallion Tactical Cat, who after runner-up showings in a pair of stakes in Kentucky, including the Grade

2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, found the winner’s circle in the Classics Distaff Sprint. Plus, More Than Even went over the $500,000 mark in career earnings with a win in the Classics Distaff. It’s unlikely any of their beaten foes thought the competition was “easy.” In the Hoosier State, Indiana Grand turned the spotlight on Indiana-breds with Indiana Champions Night to close the meet on Halloween after hosting the first Indiana Sprint Championships one month prior with six state-bred stakes. Derby Express, Easy Victory and Lady Fog Horn all doubled up with stakes wins on both nights, and the latter earned a total of four stakes wins during the meet. Following is a list of stakes-winning horses bred in the states American Racehorse covers along with selected photos. For complete stakes recaps and more photos, go to americanracehorse.com.



Congratulations to the following state-bred stakes winners from September and October:

BRING IT ON DUDE $79,500 Kip Deville Stakes and $89,250 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile Remington Park • 2yo gelding by Munnings • Owner/Breeder/Trainer: C.R. Trout (Oklahoma) • Jockey: Jareth Loveberry BUCHERRO $150,000 To Much Coffee Stakes • Indiana Grand • 3yo colt by Kantharos Owner: Ironhorse Racing LLC • Breeder: Southern Chase Farm Inc. and Karen Dodd (Indiana) • Trainer: Heather Hall • Jockey: Fernando De La Cruz CACTUS JOE $89,700 Merrillville Stakes • Indiana Grand • 4yo filly by Cactus Ridge Owner: Randy Matthews and William Reynolds • Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Randal Daniel Matthews and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michael Farrell (Indiana) Trainer: Randy Matthews • Jockey: Francisco Torres

COUNTRY MINISTER $89,600 Gus Grissom Stakes • Indiana Grand • 5yo gelding by Evil Minister Owner: Southwest Racing Stables and Dan and Tosha Smart • Breeder: Swifty Farms Inc. (Indiana) • Trainer: Genaro Garcia • Jockey: Rolando Aragon Evil Minister stands in Texas at Eddie George Ranch DADDY JUSTICE $88,950 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes (Colts/Geldings) • Indiana Grand 3yo gelding by Lantana Mob • Owner: Cindy Patrick • Breeder: Justice Farm/ Greg Justice (Indiana) • Trainer: Gary Patrick • Jockey: Francisco Torres Lantana Mob stands in Indiana at Southern Indiana Equine DERBY EXPRESS $90,250 Indiana Futurity and $88,450 Crown Ambassador Stakes • Indiana Grand • 2yo colt by Unbridled Express • Owner: Sherri Greenhill • Breeder: Greenhill Racing (Indiana) • Trainer: Jeffrey Greenhill • Jockey: Malcolm Franklin • Unbridled Express stands in Indiana at Swifty Farms EASY VICTORY $90,350 Miss Indiana Stakes and $88,250 Indiana Stallion Stakes (Fillies) Indiana Grand • 2yo filly by Lost Victory • Owner: Shawn Strain Breeder: Circle S Ranch (Indiana) • Trainer: Stephen Fosdick • Jockey: Fernando De La Cruz • Lost Victory stands in Indiana at Circle S Ranch HE’S COMIN IN HOT $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (My Dandy Division) • Retama Park 2yo gelding by Early Flyer • Owner: Douglas Scharbauer Breeder: Valor Farm Inc. (Texas) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun • Jockey: Jamie Theriot Early Flyer stands in Texas at Valor Farm HEYKITTYKITTYKITTY $118,900 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint • Remington Park • 4yo filly by Tactical Cat • Owner: Westrock Stable LLC • Breeder: Diamond G Ranch Inc. (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Ron Moquett • Jockey: Didiel Osorio Tactical Cat stands in Oklahoma at Raywood Farm I AM JANE DOUGH $50,000 Fiesta Mile • Retama Park • 4yo filly by My Golden Song Owner/Breeder: Rose Mary Chandler (Texas) • Trainer: Danny Pish Jockey: DeShawn Parker • My Golden Song stands in Texas at Valor Farm IBAKA $126,700 OKC Turf Classic • Remington Park • 4yo gelding by Uncle Abbie Owner/Breeder: Doug Wall (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun Jockey: C.J. McMahon • Uncle Abbie stands in Texas at Key Ranch IVAN FALLUNOVALOT $151,650 Remington Park Sprint Cup • Remington Park • 5yo gelding by Valid Expectations • Owner: Lewis Mathews Jr. • Breeder: Eileen Hartis (Texas) Trainer: Tom Howard • Jockey: Calvin Borel JUSTICE FOR THEMOB $88,400 Hillsdale Stakes • Indiana Grand • 2yo gelding by Lantana Mob Owner: Cindy Patrick • Breeder: Kellie Nihiser (Indiana) • Trainer: Gary Patrick Jockey: Francisco Torres • Lantana Mob stands in Indiana at Southern Indiana Equine



MISTER POLLARD $89,600 Brickyard Stakes • Indiana Grand • 4yo colt by Pollard’s Vision Owner: Falcon Racing Stable, Penny Lauer and Jim and Scott Farrar Breeder: Michael and Penny Lauer (Indiana) • Trainer: Michael Lauer Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. • Pollard’s Vision stands in Oklahoma at Mighty Acres MORE THAN EVEN $131,500 Oklahoma Classics Distaff • Remington Park • 5yo mare by Stephen Got Even • Owner/Breeder: Doyle Williams (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Roger Engel Jockey: Cliff Berry MORE THAN MOST $75,000 M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes • Retama Park • 2yo filly by Indygo Mountain • Owner: Douglas Scharbauer • Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. (Texas) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun • Jockey: Cliff Berry MY MASTER PLAN $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes • Remington Park • 2yo filly by Oratory Owner/Breeder: Dan McGough (Texas) • Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel • Jockey: Luis Quinonez • Oratory stands in Oklahoma at River Oaks Thoroughbreds NEEDMORE CASH $90,000 A.J. Foyt Stakes • Indiana Grand • 5yo gelding by Saintly Look Owner/Breeder: Sherri Greenhill (Indiana) • Trainer: Jeffrey Greenhill Jockey: Perry Ouzts OKIE RIDE $118,900 Oklahoma Classics Sprint and $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint Remington Park • 8yo gelding by Candy Ride (Arg) • Owner/Breeder: Richter Family Trust (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Kenneth Nolen • Jockey: Luis Quinonez

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ANOTHER BOND GIRL $87,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie • Remington Park • 2yo filly by Don’t Get Mad • Owner/Breeder: Brent Davidson and William Higgins (Oklahoma) Trainer: Brent Davidson • Jockey: Glen Murphy

LADY FOG HORN $150,000 Frances Slocum Stakes, $89,750 Florence Henderson Stakes and $88,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes (Fillies) • Indiana Grand 3yo filly by Zavata • Owner/Breeder: The Elkstone Group LLC (Indiana) Trainer: Anthony Granitz • Jockey: Albin Jimenez

OL WINEDRINKER WHO $100,000 Ruidoso Downs Championship Handicap • Ruidoso Downs 6yo gelding by Sligo Bay (Ire) • Owner/Breeder: Sam and Sammy Stevens (Texas) • Trainer: Joel Marr • Jockey: Isaias Enriquez SHOTGUN KOWBOY $424,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) and $151,750 Oklahoma Classics Cup Remington Park • 3yo gelding by Kodiak Kowboy • Owner/Breeder/Trainer: C.R. Trout (Oklahoma) • Jockey: Cliff Berry SPECIAL TALENT $87,950 City of Anderson Stakes • Indiana Grand • 2yo filly by Talent Search Owner: Daniel Bell • Breeder: Larry Goodwin (Indiana) Trainer: Barbara McBride • Jockey: Malcolm Franklin SPECIAL U F O $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes • Retama Park 5yo gelding by Special Rate • Owner/Breeder: Southwestern Racing LLC (Texas) • Trainer: Allen Dupuy • Jockey: David Cabrera Special Rate stands in Oklahoma at Glasses Creek Ranch TEXAS CHROME $55,000 Governor’s Cup • Zia Park • 2yo colt by Grasshopper Owner: Danny Keene • Breeder: Craig Upham (Texas) • Trainer: Shea Stuart Jockey: DeShawn Parker • Grasshopper stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas TOO MUCH PRADA $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Darby’s Daughter Division) • Retama Park 2yo filly by Too Much Bling • Owner/Breeder: Hall’s Family Trust (Texas) Trainer: Danele Durham • Jockey: David Cabrera Too Much Bling stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas TORNADA $88,159 Richmond Stakes • Indiana Grand • 5yo mare by High Fly • Owner/ Breeder: Zachary Short (Indiana) • Trainer: Ricky Short • Jockey: Dick Cardenas ZEALOUS VISION $50,000 Te Ata Stakes • Remington Park • 3yo filly by The Visualiser Owner: Center Hills Farm and Big Sugar Racing LLC • Breeder: Center Hills Farm (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Scott Young • Jockey: Bryan McNeil The Visualiser stands in Oklahoma at Mighty Acres ZETA ZODY $122,800 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf • Remington Park 4yo filly by Omega Code • Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling • Breeder: Robert Zoellner (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Michael Biehler • Jockey: Alex Birzer

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AIR ASSAULT $50,000 Tishomingo Stakes • Remington Park • 3yo gelding by Air Commander Owner/Trainer: Charles Abernathy • Breeder: Center Hills Farm (Oklahoma) Jockey: Luis Quinonez

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Selling the Game:

Becoming an Owner—Hiring a Trainer and Acquiring Bloodstock

As a racehorse owner, you have two important decisions to make upfront By Fred Taylor Jr. • Photos by Denis Blake This is the sixth and final article of the Selling the Game series about the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership and how to attract new owners, by Fred Taylor Jr. He is the founder and managing partner of Mojo Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, which operates Mojo Racing Partners offering affordable opportunities for newcomers and veterans to become involved in Thoroughbred ownership. Taylor serves as a liaison to the Department of Transportation for a major airline and is a former recipient of the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Allen Bogan Memorial Award for member of the year. If you missed a previous installment, you can find past issues of American Racehorse at americanracehorse.com.

Season’s Greetings, American Racehorse readers! Another fantastic and action-packed year of horse racing has taken place, and while it’s hard to believe how fast time flies, the holidays are once again upon us. Over the past year, I have shared with you this series of articles in which we have discussed all that inspires horse racing enthusiasts, the fundamental stages of owning and training racehorses and the core elements that go into developing a strategy to help turn your dreams into a successful ownership experience. In this last installment, I offer advice about choosing a trainer and acquiring bloodstock for your racing activities. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all American Racehorse readers who have followed along. I wish you and your family very happy holidays! Choosing a Trainer The trainer is the coach of your racehorse team. This person will make the decisions about the well-being, development and racing objectives that will help your racehorse reach its highest potential. Your trainer is also the professional consultant who will help you select the bloodstock to best fit your level of racing and work with you to put together the right racing strategy for your stable. In addition to reviewing the record and earnings of a trainer that you are considering, there are five qualities to keep in mind:

relationship with your fellow owners, industry associates and racing officials. You want someone who is widely trusted, is seen as a truthful individual, keeps confidences, admits and accepts mistakes and doesn’t misrepresent him or herself for personal gain. A good trainer is one who genuinely cares about people and is concerned about the needs of his or her staff. Horse racing may be a sport rich in tradition, but you’ll want a trainer who is current in his or her hiring practices so that the stable includes diverse classes of people and supports equal opportunity and fair treatment of all.

1) Great Attitude Highly effective trainers should truly enjoy what they do, and they should be passionate about the work and enthusiastic about every aspect of the process to get your horse ready to race. A good trainer has a positive attitude, is confident in his or her methods, is appropriately funny in good times and offers candid feedback and assurances when things aren’t going according to plan. If you are a new owner, look for a trainer who is patient and open to questions.

3) Visionary

2) Integrity

Your trainer should reflect your standards and core values. The credibility of your trainer is important to your

Every day presents a new challenge and lots of work, but a good trainer understands how choices and decisions made today affect the team and industry tomorrow. A trainer with vision can anticipate consequences and trends, and has a universal perspective and a breadth of knowledge about the possibilities and likelihoods of the way things will work out in the long run. A trainer should be familiar with the competition and understand which strategies and tactics will be the most effective against the other horses at any level of racing. A good trainer has what I call “crystal ball” intuition because he or she is capable of evaluating the potential capaAMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 51

bilities of young horses, as well as horses in training. He or she is able to accurately envision each horse’s competitive talent, breaks down their works into campaigns, anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks, measures weekly performance against goals and expectations and evaluates results in terms of the long-term objectives.

4) Maverick

To be consistently successful, a good trainer understands the values of being flexible and adaptable when facing tough calls, can change initiatives to produce a better result without lowering standards, can make adjustments to the plan depending upon the situation and is seen as balanced in his or her approach despite the conflicting demands of the situation. A good trainer is willing to step outside the box (that doesn’t mean or include breaking the rules) and take calculated risks to yield better results. He or she knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network, and understands the differences and reasoning behind racing rules, practices and procedures. A good trainer learns from both successes and failures, and looks for clues to improvement. A trainer enjoys the challenge of unbridled talent and should be willing to try new techniques to find winning solutions in both younger and older horses.

5) Good Communicator

An effective trainer understands the importance of making sure his or her clients are welcome behind the scenes and updated on their horse’s progress, health and schedule. A good trainer should maintain a dialogue with clients on training activities, changes and results, as well as listen to and consider the opinions of others even when he or she disagrees. Look for a trainer who is an ambassador for the sport and welcomes guests to the racetrack and the barn area.

Determine the Point of Entry and Readiness Time

Before setting out to choose bloodstock (simply put, the horse or horses) for your racing program, you need to decide the starting point of the horses you want to race and how



long you are willing to wait before they are ready to go. In a similar way that we talked about the different levels of ownership/participation in the March/April 2015 issue, you have to consider whether or not you want instant action with a horse that’s already racing. Do you want to take several months and watch a young horse go through the development and training stages? Or do you want to wait several years and see everything from the very beginning of the breeding process? If you want instant action, then selecting bloodstock from a claiming race would be the way to go. If you can wait several months (or more) before the horse starts training, then buying an unraced Thoroughbred from either a yearling or 2-year-old in training sale is a good option. And, if time, patience and postponing the chance for immediate return on investment are on your side, then you may be interested in breeding your own racehorse. Of course, each one of these levels offers a variety of inspiration and excitement, as well as carries its own risks. When you select horses through the claiming process, you are buying the horse “as is” without the benefit of knowing its physical condition or health (aside from what you can see). When you purchase unraced yearlings and 2-year-olds, they don’t have any performance records to evaluate their true competitive ability. And, when you start from the beginning, you are assuming all the risk without any guarantee that the horse will ever be able to race, and you’ll incur all of the costs of trying to produce a racehorse—even before the foal is born.

Cost Is Typically Associated with Purpose (but Not Always)

After you decide the point of entry of your racehorse, you then need to determine the appropriate amount of money to spend for that level. There are several things to consider: quality of the pedigree, purpose after racing and potential competitive talent. Pedigree quality is judged by three things: the historical significance of the stallion’s progeny, the historical significance of the dam’s progeny and racing success of their

offspring. If you want to buy bloodstock with an exemplary pedigree of both the stallion and the mare, for the potential of the horse to become an important stallion or broodmare after its racing career is over, then that is going to be expensive. If you want to buy bloodstock that comes from a breeding combination that has produced multiple stakes-winning racehorses, then that’s going to be expensive, too. And, in the case of a claiming purchase, if you want to buy a racehorse that’s had significant success on the track, then the claiming price will be higher. The great equalizer insofar as the purchase price is concerned (particularly, when buying unproven bloodstock) is the statistical average—no matter the pedigree. On average, 60 to 65 percent of Thoroughbreds born will reach the racetrack, and an equal number will win a race. Only a very small percentage of the horses that make it to the racetrack will win a stakes race. Given the odds that your horse will win a race, you may be wondering what is the point of owning a racehorse at all? In my first article in the November/December 2014 issue, I explained that the fundamental reason people own racehorses is the unique thrill the sport provides, and I described the cumulative qualities of the overall ownership experience and how winning is the ultimate reward or proverbial “icing on the cake.” But, there is another benefit of owning competitive racehorses that most other sporting hobbies don’t provide—a decent payout in the form of purse money when your horse finishes second or third. Thus, the people who can afford to buy finer pedigrees and take greater risks have the option to spend more, while the people who need to operate on a more limited budget use tailored strategies when selecting their bloodstock and choosing where to run.

An Eye for Racing Talent

No matter which entry and price points are being considered, the key to selecting sturdy bloodstock is to include people in your selection process who are qualified to evaluate the physical qualities, pedigree trends and veterinary reports of the horses for your racing plans. Whether you’ve been in the business for years or are just getting started, I don’t recommend “going at it alone.” When possible, it’s always better to make a purchase decision based on collective analysis, different perspectives and

consensus agreement. You should ask at least one subject matter expert (SME) if he or she is willing to help you before deciding on the best mating combination (also known as a “nick”), attending a Thoroughbred sale or going to the racetrack to claim a horse. The best person to start with is your trainer. After all, your trainer has been working “hands on” developing racehorses for years. A trainer will know what type of horses work best in his or her program, can detect characteristics that should be avoided and has the ability to foresee the physical potential of a young horse that hasn’t started training. If your trainer isn’t available, he or she may be able to recommend another team member or associate. You can also work with a bloodstock agent or pedigree consultant for help in evaluating the quality of the horses being considered and to make suggestions that can fit your budget. Sales representatives from breeding farms and consignment companies can provide reliable opinions about the horses being offered. And, it’s also helpful to have a veterinarian in your corner if you are particularly interested in evaluating the horse’s joints, lungs, throat, muscles and overall conformation. The bloodstock evaluation services that SMEs provide come with a cost, and typically the price is based on a set percentage of the purchase price of the bloodstock being acquired. Some charge a flat fee, and some offer their one-time opinions at no charge if they are going to be attending the sale and have the time to do that. As I mentioned earlier, the bloodstock evaluation team has to be in place before attending the sale or going to the racetrack. Aside from finding people who will help you make the purchase decision, there are additional conditions that have to be in place in order to acquire bloodstock. If you are going to breed a mare, then you’ll have to visit the farm, discuss the logistics and work out an agreement that includes the terms for payment. If you are going to attend a sale, you’ll have to establish credit with the sale company and arrange transportation and lodging for the horses after they leave the sale grounds. And, when submitting a claim, you have to be a licensed owner in the state the race takes place, designate the trainer who will be accepting the horse on your behalf and fund a horseman’s account at the track for the amount of the claim (often plus tax). AMERICAN RACEHORSE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 53

Be Open-Minded and Flexible

The last suggestions that I have when it comes to selecting bloodstock are to be open-minded and flexible with your purchase plans. Over the last 10 years of buying horses at auction and through the claiming process, I have learned that the best tactics when selecting bloodstock boil down to a couple of perspectives: 1) Don’t form any opinion (to buy or skip) until you’ve had an opportunity to see the horse in person, and 2) Keep your chin up if you don’t get the first horse you are interested in. At any given sale, race meet or farm visit, there are a lot of options to choose from. Some of the best runners have either been skipped over because of subtle issues or were discovered while waiting in the wings. Likewise, what looks good on paper, more often than not, lacks the basic physical characteristics that tend to lead to a sturdy runner in the future. And, the last thing you want to have at the end of the day is buyer’s remorse either because you’re not happy with the quality of the horse you purchased or because you paid too much to obtain it. WWW.AMER ICANR



As the managing partner of a group that operates on a tight budget, my goal is to obtain the best bloodstock for the lowest possible cost. My partners prefer horses that will provide my group with the quickest path to break even, and if a horse happens to rise above our expectations and take us beyond covering our costs, then that’s a satisfying bonus in itself. To this end, when I’m buying from a sale, I’m not there to outbid anyone—I’m actually looking for diamonds in the rough.

Thank You!

Over the last 12 months, I’ve had the privilege of sharing my insights about the uniquely exciting, rewarding and educational aspects of racehorse ownership. Working with the publisher of this magazine, our goal was to provide readers with first-hand ownership insight that can be used to inform other people about becoming owners in this thrilling sport. If you would like to read the other articles in this series, go to americanracehorse.com/archives and look for “Selling the Game.” Thank you for reading my articles, and I wish you all good luck at the races! H

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