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Courtesy Amy Elliott

the very start, ‘you’ve got to know pedigrees,’ so he studied. He was also a master on conformation. He was very good at what he did.” Amy became actively involved with the farm, developing an interest in the horses while raising their two children, Michelle and Jason. She would join Jim frequently on prospecting trips in search of new stock, and although horses would come and go, she did have a few special ones. “I have several over the years that have been favorites, but probably the one I favored the most was Yeardley,” she said. “We bought her as a yearling and offered her for sale in the Indiana 2-year-olds in training sale. We wanted $30,000 for her and didn’t get it, so we ended up racing her and she made almost $600,000. She was kind of an ugly duckling, but her earnings helped build our new house. I refer to it as ‘the house that Yeardley built.’ ” Because of his immense knowledge of the breeding industry, Jim was a logical choice to be appointed to the Indiana Breed Development Advisory Committee. He was very instrumental in creating the groundwork and development of the program that is in place today. Jim was also very active in the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ITOBA), and was a driving force behind bringing a 2-year-old sale to the state. He was also responsible for bringing new owners into the business through his enthusiasm for the sport. “They [Jim and Amy] built us,” said Herb Likens, current ITOBA president. “My wife, Darlene, and I have been in horses since 1996 and have met a lot of people in this business, but none made more of an impact on me than Jim and Amy. This was the only way they made money, and they were honest about it and had a lot of credibility. We have been in partElliott was known for his innate nership with them over the years on several ability to pick out young horses horses and we’ve had a and get them ready to sell at future auctions. lot of fun.”

Jim Elliott had a love of animals from an early age; he trained his favorite bull and rode him around the family farm. Herb and Darlene Likens have enjoyed numerous purchases and partnerships with the Elliotts over the past two decades. Their latest venture is the partnership on the new Indiana stallion Sangaree, who stands at R Star Stallions in Anderson and just had his first winner in mid-August. Sung, a 2-year-old gelding homebred for the Elliotts, cruised home for the win in a $34,000 maiden special weight at Indiana Grand. The horse, who is one of several currently in training for Elliott Ventures, is conditioned by Barbara McBride, another individual who has a longstanding friendship and business partnership with the Elliott family. “We have been friends with Walter [Abner] and Barb for over 40 years,” Amy said. “Jim met Walter probably 50 years ago and was friends with his brother. He and

American Racehorse - September/October 2016  
American Racehorse - September/October 2016  

This issue of American Racehorse magazine features a long-form article about the magic of Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska, plus a lo...