thoroughbred breeders

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Liking The Sound Of It

In the music industry, superstars don’t come along that often, and being able to spot a budding star before anyone else is a rare and coveted skill. Sound familiar? After decades of experience with a record company and a lifetime at the racetrack, owner/breeder Stewart Madison has a unique understanding of the similarities between both […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hinkle Farms Proves A Stayer In Breeding Business

In the difficult industry of Thoroughbred breeding, maintaining success over time usually requires wise spending habits, thoughtful decision-making, and a keen eye for potential others might not see. Hinkle Farms has embraced and honed that approach for many years, with results to back it up. “We’re looking for mares that come from good producing families with […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Sweet Success

Pamela Ziebarth had just gotten into buying her own Thoroughbreds at auction when she spotted one she really liked — a bay daughter of Boston Harbor at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2002. The hammer fell at $100,000 for the filly, and Ziebarth was the top bidder. With the help of Berkey Bloodstock, Ziebarth had […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: A Love of the Land

Carrie Willwerth Brogden established Machmer Hall in 2001 in Paris, Ky., with husband Craig Brogden and mother Sandy Willwerth. The commercial operation is named after a building that honors Carrie’s great-grandfather, who was once Dean of the University of Massachusetts. A graduate of James Madison University in Virginia with degrees in psychology and biology, Carrie […]

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By Ray Paulick The world was a different place in the first half of 2007, when Thoroughbred breeders finalized the matings that resulted in the 5,000-plus yearlings to be led into the Keeneland sale ring, starting this morning at 10 a.m. and continuing over the next two weeks in what is this industry’s […]

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By Ray Paulick If the Breeders’ Cup board of directors and management thought the decision last month to reinstate the stakes supplement program in 2009 (less than a week after voting to suspend it) was going to quiet any dissenting voices, they were wrong. A scathing commentary on the Breeders’ Cup, written by longtime owner […]

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By Ray Paulick When Rob Whiteley managed the Foxfield commercial breeding operation for corporate raider Carl Icahn, he had to justify every dollar on the ledger sheets for the real-life Gordon Gekko. You couldn’t pull the wool over Icahn’s eyes on fiscal matters. Today, free from Icahn, Whiteley runs his own operation, Liberation Farm, […]

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