Bill Graves

INQUIRY Presented By Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders And Owners Association: Who Has Taught You The Most About The Thoroughbred Industry?

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 […]

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Graves Promoted To Gainesway General Manager Following Retirement Of Howard

Neil Howard, general manager of Gainesway Farm, has retired from his position after more than two decades of service. He is succeeded by Brian Graves, another long-serving member of the Gainesway team, who steps up from his current role as director of public sales. Gainesway CEO, Antony Beck, paid warm tribute to Howard. “Over the […]

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SF Bloodstock Donates $100,000 To Co-Sponsor New Vocations’ Indoor Arena

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that leading owner, SF Bloodstock, has donated $100,000 to co-sponsor the program’s indoor arena. SF Bloodstock joins co-sponsor Stonestreet Stables, who were the first to pledge their support, and Fasig-Tipton, who are co-sponsoring in honor of the late Bill Graves. “There’s nothing’s more important than life beyond the […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Top Of The Market Ready To Shine At Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

Interest in upper-level offerings continues to grow in the Thoroughbred auction market, and nowhere is that more evident than in the size of the catalog for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale. This year’s edition features 253 entries, which is the most on this side of the millennium. Sellers will be looking for more of […]

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Graves’ Influence Still Felt During Strong Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Selected Yearling Sale was one of the first auctions hosted by the company following the death of longtime vice president Bill Graves in May, but his work continued to be felt on Tuesday when a Flatter colt rallied to bring a sale-topping $520,000 near the end of trade. Graves was the […]

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Remembering Bill Graves: Horseman And Mentor Had Sense Of Style, Humor

If a bystander didn’t know any better, he might think the cars that packed Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks parking lot on Monday afternoon were an indicator of a major sale on the Lexington, Ky., property. A list of the names in attendance would have likely brought the same conclusion. Instead, the gathering of Thoroughbred industry members, […]

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Respected Horseman, Fasig-Tipton Executive Bill Graves Dies

Respected and much-loved Thoroughbred horseman William E. (Bill) Graves, a senior vice-president with Fasig-Tipton for 26 years,  passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, May 30, at the University of Kentucky hospital in Lexington, Ky.  Bill’s son Brian, director of public sales at Gainesway Farm, was at his side for all his final days. […]

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