Pinhooking

More Than A Pinhook: Life Lessons From A Sassy Bay Filly

We walked in to the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with an idea, a little bit of hope, and a lot of bravado. We walked out a little bit wiser, we hope, and with a renewed sense of faith in ourselves. The eight months in between were a heck of a journey. “We both graduated with equine […]

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‘Take Good Care Of It And Hope Everything Goes Well’; Contessa Active In Pinhook Market

The weanling-to-yearling pinhook market draws in some of the bloodstock game’s sharpest eyes to select and shape young horses into profitable offerings down the road. It’s rare to see a trainer dip a toe into that segment of the market as a pinhooker, but Gary Contessa has turned it into a useful resource to raise […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Much Do Radiographs Change As A Weanling Ages?

QUESTION: When buyers purchase a weanling, how comfortable can they feel that the radiographs and upper airway scope won’t change significantly over the next year? ROLF EMBERTSON: They should not feel very comfortable. Changes can and do occur. Radiographic abnormalities (RA) noted in weanlings at the November sale can change significantly by the time they […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Southwest Winner’s Dam A Keeper For Pinhooker Wachman

For Roderick Wachman and David Egan, the 10-year-old Cherokee Run mare Cayala is a gift that keeps on giving. Egan pinhooked Cayala as a weanling in 2007, paying $75,000 for her at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and re-selling the filly for $140,000 the following September at Keeneland’s yearling sale – a tidy profit. […]

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Clyde Rice, Founder Of Indian Prairie Ranch, Dies At 79

Renowned horseman Clyde D. Rice (79) passed Monday at his home in Anthony, Fla. Mr. Rice was a Thoroughbred trainer and one of the first horsemen to develop the concept of “pinhooking,” buying a horse at a yearling auction and selling it the following spring at a 2-year-old in training sale. Born and raised in Antigo in northern […]

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Shopping For A Deal At Bergdorf: Things I Learned From The Saratoga Select Sale

Competition for the sale topper at last week’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of select yearlings was fierce. Although Whisper Hill Farm owner Mandy Pope emerged the victor, signing a ticket for $1.45 million for a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, the sister to multiple graded stakes horse Overheard was clearly at the top of the list for […]

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$1.4 Million Bernardini Colt Tops ‘Stellar’ Day 1 of OBS March Sale

A colt by Darley’s Bernardini from the consignment of Steven Venosa’s  SGV Thoroughbreds brought a final bid of $1.4 million from Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation to top a very strong day one of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Selling as Hip 285, the bay colt is out of the top-class […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by BREEDERS’ CUP: TWO TO GET READY

By Ray Paulick No market segment will go unscathed when an industry has the kind of downturn the Thoroughbred bloodstock business experienced over the last 18 months.  The 2009 yearling market took a $150-million hit in gross revenue, falling from $438 million in 2008 to $280 million last year, a 36% decline and the […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: MAY FOALS THE SECRET TO DERBY TRAIL?

I’ve always been surprised at the habits of many buyers at yearling sales…they sometimes remind me of lemmings marching to the sea, making decisions without logic or rationality. I once asked a leading buyer why he often spent so much money on yearlings by unproven first-year sires, a practice that is common enough to inflate […]

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MARKET CRISIS HITS THE HORSE BUSINESS

By Ray Paulick While Congress begins deliberations on the proposed economic bailout package that could cost taxpayers as much as $1 trillion, Thoroughbred owners and breeders are beginning to feel the effects of the turbulence on Wall Street and other world markets. The financial markets meltdown came smack dab in the middle of […]

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