horse ownership

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An Owner With A Flair For ‘Drama’

Even before Sheer Drama’s victory in last Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare’s owner and breeder, Harold L. Queen, was looking ahead to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 29. “That’s one of those Win and You’re In races,” Queen said. “Breeders’ Cup pays all the entry fees ($60,000 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rigney Goes ‘All In’ With Racing Venture

Some people have a knack for making life look easy. Louisville-based owner and breeder Richard Rigney might be one of them. His early partnerships in racing found quick success, with a filly winning a Grade 1 and taking second at the Breeders’ Cup and a colt coming home fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The beverage […]

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Goffs London Sale: From Afternoon Tea To Owning A Royal Ascot Runner

If we really do live in an instant-gratification society, what could be more instantly gratifying than buying a Thoroughbred racehorse on a Monday and then watching it run in what is perhaps the world’s most prestigious race meeting the following day or later that week? That’s the purpose of Monday evening’s London Sale, presented by Goffs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Lifetime Of Devotion

Gil Moutray’s passion for Thoroughbreds dates back decades to his childhood, although if his father had his way, things might have stopped there. “My grandfather had ‘sulky horses,’ as we called them back in the old days, he loved horses,” said Moutray, a lifelong resident of Carlsbad, N.M.  “My dad didn’t really want me to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Barbados ‘The Type Of Horse You Look For’

Last November, an impressive maiden-breaking juvenile by Speightstown went through the auction ring at Keeneland; the hammer fell at $340,000. The colt, Barbados, has won both of his subsequent starts – a pair of stakes races at Gulfstream Park – for new owner Paul Hanifl. “On the racetrack, he’s just level-headed, moves real nice, and to me, he’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘A Kid In A Candy Store’

Rafael Lopez spent years watching racing from the sidelines as a handicapper and fan, which is why standing in the trainers’ lounge at Gulfstream Park recently made him do something of a double take. “It’s unbelievable,” said Lopez. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be hanging out and watching a race with […]

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Durkin Joins West Point Thoroughbreds Team in Business Development

Legendary race-caller Tom Durkin has joined the team at West Point Thoroughbreds, it was announced today by West Point’s founder and president, Terry Finley. The recently retired Durkin, a long time Standardbred owner, will be an equity partner on horses within the West Point Thoroughbred partnerships, including the promising 3-year-old filly Phantom Phasr (Ghostzapper-Ballistae, by […]

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Pony Up: Tax Changes Could Deliver Big Punch to Horse Owners

Horse owners in Boone County, Ind., could have a nasty surprise waiting for them when they open their tax bills, if they haven’t already. The county’s tax assessor has started reclassifying land used for horse pasture from “agriculture” to “excess residential.” Indiana equine industry advocates say the editing of a few letters on a form […]

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Ownership Insights presented by OwnerView: After the Track

Ownership Insights presented by OwnerView is a weekly series examining different aspects of Thoroughbred ownership. A more detailed presentation on these subjects will be made during the Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 13-16. Click here for more information. In the past few weeks we’ve talked to experts in every area of ownership from sales […]

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