‘I Don’t Stay In Things A Long Time’: Conquest Stables’ Semersky Reveals Reason For Dispersal

by | 08.22.2016 | 10:22am
Ernie Semersky of Conquest Stables, embracing jockey Patrick Husbands

Late last week, Conquest Stables' Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell announced that they planned on getting out of horse racing and would disperse all of their racing and breeding stock at the Keeneland November sale later this year.

At the time, Semersky cited “personal reasons” for the decision. Over the weekend, Semersky sat down with a reporter from the Toronto Sun and went into more detail about why he was getting out of the industry.

“I'll tell you what,” Semersky told the Sun. “It's not the trainer, it's not a lack of success, it's certainly not lack of money. It's just I don't stay in things a long time.”

“I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). I've moved my investment headquarters down to Panama, I built a huge chateau in Switzerland, I haven't been at a race since the Breeders' Cup and I've got 115 some horses that I really can't give the attention I did the first two years.”

Conquest Stables has been very successful in just the four short years its been in the business. Based at Woodbine, the stable has campaigned two Sovereign Award winners, won the G1 Darley Alcibiades with My Conquistadory, and started seven horses in the Breeders' Cup.

Semersky told the Sun that he would miss all the friends he's made in racing, both at the racetrack and on social media.

“We've got 112,000 followers on Facebook and they're the sweetest people and a lot of them are Canadian and we're going to miss the hell out of them,” Semersky said. “Really miss them.”

Read more in the Toronto Sun

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