To get anywhere in the Thoroughbred industry, one needs a mentor – often several.
In this edition of INQUIRY, members of the bloodstock realm pay homage to the people that helped them navigate this complicated business early in their careers by posing the question, “Who has taught you the most about the Thoroughbred industry?”
Seth Gregory – Seth Gregory Bloodstock
“On the sale side, Bayne Welker – Sr. and Jr. I worked for them when I was in college. I helped prep yearlings for them and worked sales for them. On the racing side, probably my first job on the racetrack with Bill Mott. He taught me to pay attention and work hard. Attention to detail is what it was all about.”
Mike Recio – South Point Sales
“My father Bill Recio and the Taylor brothers. My dad's been a horseman his whole life, and grew up on the racetrack. I learned about how to raise a young horse and be around racehorses. That was my original background. When I migrated to the University of Louisville's equine program, I started with the Taylor brothers, and that was like going to grad school. They taught me the basis of how to hustle, and to be honest and get business, and branch out into the bloodstock market.”
Freddy Seitz – Brookdale Sales
“My dad [Fred Seitz], easily. He's had to learn a lot of lessons along the way, and he's been able to teach me a lot of them so I didn't have to learn them the hard way. I have had to learn some the hard way, but I've gotten to watch and be instructed by him on a lot of things, so it makes life easier.”
Ron Blake – Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services
“Bill Graves. He taught me how to look at a horse, how to show a horse. Just the day-to-day, making sure everything's right. Attention to detail, feeding horses properly. We still do a lot of things the old-school way. We walk everything an hour a day before they come to the sale so the horse is better long-term. It creates better bone without stressing them in tight turns. Really preparing a horse for a sale.”
Joe McMahon – McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
“I've been very fortunate. I got into the business when I was very young, so there was a lot of people that gave me advice over the year. Sales-wise, I think John Finney gave me a lot of advice years ago, back in the early '70s. Horse-wise, John Nerud, Charlie O'Brien. Business-wise, my banker.”
Jimbo Gladwell – Top Line Sales
“My parents [Jimmy and Martha Gladwell], for sure. All aspects of it, just growing up and shadowing them, as far as how to buy and sell a horse, lead a horse. We've grown up under them, and they've taught us how to handle ourselves with integrity and honesty, and to be a good person at the end of the day.”
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