Courtesy Amy Elliott
Indiana-bred Sung, bred by Jim and Amy Elliott and running for Elliott Ventures, broke his maiden at Indiana Grand in August to become the first winner sired by Indiana stallion Sangaree, who Amy stands in partnership with Herb and Darlene Likens. Barb have always trained for us and after Walter passed away, Barb took over.” Life took an unexpected turn in early 2016, when Jim became ill and passed away in late January. It was never a question in Amy’s mind to continue the business she built with her husband, and with help from her family and longtime farm employees, Elliott Ventures emerged and has not missed a beat. Amy has taken over the role of studying pedigrees and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business. She leans on assistant Jeremy Staley, as well as employees Martin Hernandez and Jadier Vergara, to keep the farm running just as Jim ran it for more than 40 years. “We have three employees, and they have been with us for 16 years,” Amy said. “Also, my son, Jason, does maintenance for the farm. Jeremy and Jadier break the young
ones and get them ready to go to the track. They even school them first before they are sent to the track. We work at it every day. It is not our hobby. I don’t quite eat, drink and sleep racing like Jim did, but it’s pretty much my life and I do study pedigrees. And Jeremy is getting pretty good at it, too.” With such a large investment in all aspects of Indiana Thoroughbred racing, Amy is also working hard to see the breeding aspect grow. She is now a board member of ITOBA and assisted in reestablishing the 2-year-old sale after a four-year hiatus, and also supports it with entries. “I offered everything I had that was sellable; some just had higher reserves than what they brought,” Amy noted. “We are trying to build the sale back up. This year’s sale [in June] has already produced three winners and two more that have raced. The Indiana program continues to AMERICAN RACEHORSE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 31
Published on Sep 14, 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...