What was the experience that made you fall in love with horse racing?
My dad’s roommate in college was Tom Durkin, and he was still good friends with my parents when I was a kid. So when I was growing up, horse racing was something that was always on the television at my house and viewed as important. But the first instance I remember being mentally captured by the sport was when I was there for Alysheba winning the Kentucky Derby.
Would you commit to creating one new fan this year and, if so, what would be the experience you use to introduce them to the sport?
If I were to introduce a new fan to the sport, I would definitely take them to the backside of Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby week. Every year, I try to do that for anyone I know that wants to go. I think Derby week is the time when our sport is best shown off on multiple facets. I’ve never taken anyone who has never been and they had a bad time.
When I take people to the backside on Derby Week, I think they’re blown away by the sophistication of it all. Obviously, these are some of our best athletes, so I think that even if it’s someone who has never seen a racehorse, they can look at a horse that’s about to run in the Derby and know it’s something special.
We need to make it more clear that the portal to entry for our sport is not as difficult as some people think. People know how to buy a house or buy a car, but the process for buying a racehorse is not clear to a fan. I’d like to see it be a more friendly interaction for people that are interested in owning their first racehorse.
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A total of 646 horses of all ages have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Winter Mixed Sale, which kicks off a two-day run in Central Florida Tuesday morning. The sale begins at 11 a.m. ET with a consignor preferred session (hip 1-186) to be immediately followed by the horses of racing age section (hip 201-351). The balance of the horses (hip 401-710) will be offered during the sale’s open session Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.
“We’ve had a chance to go around and look at the horses and there are some awfully nice horses in the sale,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “There have been no significant changes in world landscape really in terms of economics. Our breeze show went off great Monday, the weather has been excellent and we are looking for a good sale.
He continued, “I think one thing about the timing is that having the Eclipse Awards on Thursday prior to the sale means that we might get some people we otherwise might not have seen. Maybe they make the drive up to see their horses and it’s really a fortuitous time to conduct a sale.”
The under-tack preview was held Monday morning over the nearby SafeTrack surface and a trio of 3-year-olds shared the bullet, stopping the clock in :32 3/5 for three furlongs:
Hip 209, Sensationalist, g, 3, by Wicked Rich, consigned by Wes Carter, agent (video)
Hip 326, Allied Armada, c, 3, Normandy Invasion, consigned by Julie Davies LLC, agent (video)
Hip 327, unnamed, c, 3, by Constitution, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent LV (video)
“While our horses-of-racing-age section isn’t new, the breeze show is something unique to us,” said Wojciechowski. “It’s an added piece of the puzzle to help our buyers make their decisions.”
There is certainly a Kentucky feel to the Winter Mixed catalog, with young horses set to go under the hammer by leading freshmen sires American Pharoah and the aforementioned Constitution as well as the late Empire Maker, Goldencents, Hard Spun, Into Mischief, former Florida stalwart Kantharos, Liam’s Map, Mucho Macho Man-sire of GI Pegasus World Cup winner Mucho Gusto-Palace Malice, Speightstown, Tapiture, Uncle Mo and Union Rags.
But Florida-based stallions are always an integral component of any OBS sale and this event is no exception.
“Florida has always been something of a proving ground for stallions and the buying public is well aware of that fact,” Wojciechowski said.
Khozan (Distorted Humor) made an enormous impression with his first crop of runners in 2019 and is the sire of 11 youngsters in the catalog, five of which are newly turned yearlings. The Journeyman inmate is also represented by eight in-foal mares, while horses like Kantharos’s well-received son Bucchero (seven mares) and GISW Girvin (Tale of the Cat, nine mares) represent the Sunshine State’s young guns with their first mares in foal.
A then 3-year-old colt by Goldencents topped last year’s Winter Mixed Sale on a bid of $200,000. Now named Golden Notion, the bay hit the board in each of his three starts last season and is back in steady training with Brad Cox at Oaklawn. Golden Notion worked a half-mile in a bullet :47.80 (1/101) in the Hot Springs mud Jan. 26.
For the catalog and additional information, visit www.obssales.com.
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Thank you for this important information, maybe there is a kiwi dialect I don't understand?????
Nothing wrong with being an ex horseman. Had a lot of fun and went a LOT of places in younger days.
Yes I am clueless as to your attitude, sorry about that, your attitude towards Champions of this great sport needs some work.
Before Natalie joined ALLSTARS she was here in Queensland, and won Miracles Mile and 4 (yes that is four) Interdominions with BLACKS A FAKE , as well as Vic Cup I think, with performances that DEFY LOGIC as you say. so nothing new.
Always a Champion. What would the amazing Blossom done differently that wasn"t a woeful drive in the Ballarat Cup ?????
Looped the field ?, outstay Greg Hopes horse? power away to victory ??
it is what it is.
so much has changed from when you were in your prime and jack smo was trifecta'ing the easter cup.
they are not queuing up to run in the young guns this year either. whats that about, is it simply a flow on from diminishing foal crops ?
some clubs had a feature 2yo race and these were spread out through the season with the major 2yo race in june. Now we have a bit of a bottleneck of feature races in may/june
morrinsville, waimate, timaru, to name a few
it is sad how the calendar is a shadow of its former self