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Callan manages Lane’s End – Oak Tree Division and has forty-one years farm experience in Central Kentucky as an owner, breeder and manager of Thoroughbreds and other breeds. He has been a director and officer of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC), the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA), the KTOB Foundation, am a founding director and Vice President of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program, and is the current president of the Lexington Polo Association, and a member since its inception. Callan was honored by the KTFMC as Farm Manager of the Year in 2010 and is a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Inc. (KTA/KTOB). He looks forward to becoming more actively involved with the KTA/KTOB if elected to the board.
The Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearlings Sale produced results largely in line with 2018 figures Tuesday in Lexington as a broad buying bench of pinhookers and end-users purchased 202 yearlings for a total of $18,621,000. The average dipped 8.6% to $92,183 and the median remained constant at $75,000.
Reeve McGaughey, age 29, was born in New York, but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He went to The Lexington School from kindergarten through eighth grade. Attend Sayre for high school and then University of Kentucky. McGaughey worked summers for Eoin Harty from his senior year of high school through college. After he worked for Charlie LoPresti for almost five years, working with horses such as Wise Dan, Turallure, and Successful Dan. For the past four years he has been working as an assistant for Shug McGaughey.
Natanya Nieman is the Senior Resident Veterinarian at WinStar Farm and has been managing the veterinary care at WinStar since 2002. She plays an integral role in the rehab and training facility at WinStar and helped develop protocols for hyperbaric medicine, vibration plate, cold water spa and other therapeutic devices used at WinStar’s innovative rehab facility. A native Lexingtonian, she was involved with show horses and Keeneland Pony Club growing up, studied at the University of Kentucky and completed veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Natanya has a strong interest in the rehoming of Thoroughbred Racehorses for second careers and has been involved with The Retired Racehorse Project, NTWO, and the rehoming of racehorses after the hurricane in Puerto Rico along with other horses from WinStar and Bourbon Lane. She is currently eventing an off-track thoroughbred that was owned by Bourbon Lane Racing. She is married to Mike McMahon of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, who with his partner, Jamie Hill, operate the Bourbon Lane Racing Partnership and Spruce Lane Pinhook. Natanya and Mike also own and operate Spruce Lane Farm, a commercial breeding operation.
T. Wayne Sweezey, along with his wife Cathy, own and operate Timber Town Stable. Originally from Maryland, Wayne has managed farms since the early ‘80s. Prior to the inception of Timber Town, Wayne served as General Manager and ultimately as Partner of Darby Dan Farm. In the 20 years as head of operations, Darby Dan flourished. In 2009 Sweezey chose to operate independently and with Cathy founded Timber Town Stable. Today, Timber Town and staff oversee 400 acres of farmland and care for over $70 million in bloodstock, including champions Havre de Grace, Songbird, Groupie Doll and Canadian Champion Irish Mission.
Liz Crow is a bloodstock agent based in Lexington, Kentucky and is principal partner in BSW Bloodstock and co-owner of Elite Sales. Liz joined BSW Bloodstock in December of 2015 where she is responsible for all public auction representation for BSW clients and racing/stable management for client stables. In 2018, Liz had three $100,000 public auction purchases win G1’s, headlined by (G1) Kentucky Oaks and 2018 (G1) Breeders Cup Distaff winner, Monomoy Girl. In 2017, she joined partner Bradley Weisbord in establishing Elite Sales to consign selected racehorses and broodmare prospects at public sales. In addition to her sales responsibilities, Liz also manages partnership Ten Strike Racing and formed the Crow-Sharp Pinhook Ventures with Florida based consignor Paul Sharp in 2016. Prior to joining BSW, Liz was Director of Racing for Bradley Thoroughbreds for four years where she developed, managed and expanded the firm’s racing partnerships and represented many of the firm’s clients at public auction. Prior to that she gained valuable racetrack experience working for trainers Eoin Harty and Jonathan Sheppard in California and New York. She also served as the Claims Clerk for Churchill Downs and Entry Clerk for Pimlico Racecourse. Liz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. She currently serves on the board of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association.
The defense in the GI Kentucky Derby disqualification lawsuit did not rest over the long holiday weekend. For the second time in four weeks, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), et al, filed court documents underscoring that a federal judge should dismiss the case on grounds that the ongoing litigation “still fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted” and that plaintiffs Gary and Mary West are attempting “to claim legal rights to which they are not entitled.”
Numbers don't lie. And for Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, the numbers show that in a short period of time, the auction initiated in 2013 has proven to be a source of equine athletes that generate positive results for their new owners.
In the face of a fiercely debated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserves (G1) outcome that resulted in the classic's first-ever disqualification and triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs delivered all-around positive results during its 145th Spring Meet that concluded June 29.
The Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint already is America's most lucrative race for sprinters on grass outside the Breeders' Cup championship races. Now its winner could earn an additional $1 million. The $700,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint winner will earn a $1 million bonus if the horse goes on to capture Keeneland's $200,000 Woodford and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

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KTA-KTOB FARM PROFILES

A native of Maryland, Wayne Sweezey, who owns and manages Timber Town Stable with his wife Cathy, came to Kentucky in 1975. He worked for trainer Doug Davis for a year, and then went to college at the University of Kentucky to study agriculture. After college, Sweezey worked in management at a couple different farms, including as an assistant at Manchester Farm and general manager of Jaredcrest for 10 years. In 1998, John Phillips offered Sweezey the position of Sales Director at his family’s Darby Dan Farm. Sweezey readily accepted, and in his first year the farm sold a yearling for $1.7 million. Soon thereafter Sweezey was named Manager of the entire operation. After eight years, Sweezey became General Manager and Partner of Darby Dan Farm, a job which he stayed in for a decade.
From dream to reality, Suzi Shoemaker has proven that with enough passion and drive you can make dreams come true. Shoemaker grew up in upstate New York with very few ties to the Kentucky equine industry let alone the Thoroughbred industry. She rode Saddlebreds, showing from the time she was 15 until she graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. It was on a vacation during college that she fell in love with Kentucky.
Catherine Parke, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Animal Science, always knew Kentucky was home. Originally from Ohio, Parke explained, “I think in a past life I must have been raised here because I don’t want to be anywhere else.” This desire to make Kentucky her permanent home led to the founding of Valkyre Stud in 1978. After teaching hunter and jumper riding lessons after college, Parke wanted to change focus to the Thoroughbred industry and began working for Henry White, an internationally renowned and respected third-generation horseman. Parke gained valuable farm experience with White by working in the office, breaking yearlings, helping with veterinarian work, etc.
Jackie “Jody” Huckabay, Jr. and his late father, Dr. Jackie Huckabay, founded Elm Tree Farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1989. The property was once known as “Clark’s Station” and was built in 1784 by Dr. Robert Clark, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. It was home to Elizabeth Station, a part of the railroad which connected Frankfort to Paris and linked the mainline of “The Whiskey Route” which serviced many of Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon distilleries.
Byron “Scooter” Hughes was raised in the Thoroughbred industry. Both his parents were actively involved in the business, and Hughes was raised first on Greentree Farm, and then on Dr. and Mrs. Elsie Asbury’s Forest Retreat Farm near Carlisle.
Tony Holmes, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, dreamed of coming to Kentucky to become more involved in the Thoroughbred business. Before landing in Kentucky, he worked as a mechanical engineer apprentice, worked at a large mining town in outback Western Australia, after which he worked on dairy farms in New Zealand. After time spent on dairy farms, he began employment in the Thoroughbred industry working his first breeding season in New Zealand followed by a breeding season on a farm in Australia.
John and Martha Jane Mulholland’s Mulholland Springs in Northern Fayette County has a unique vision that truly emphasizes “family” and serves as the basis of its entire Thoroughbred operation. That perspective may not appear on first inspection but as its story unfolds it is apparent that the farm strives to maintain a connection to the past as a means to ensure sustainable quality for the future.
Something small and organic is being exported out of Oldham County in northwestern Kentucky but it may not be what you’d initially expect. An enthusiastic group of Thoroughbred fans, owners, and breeders with roots in Oldham County are exporting throughout Kentucky a message to “ordinary folks” about the importance of a robust horse industry.
Trainer Phil Sims is having a tremendous 2013 as a trainer. Currently stabled at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Sims is winning at a 28% clip and rate of 57% in the money finishes. Though having only saddled 14 horses so far in 2013 it seems to appear that Sims may be “on track” to have a career year.
Nestled in between Lexington and Paris are the 300 acres that encompasses Damian and Braxton Lynch’s Royal Oak Farm. Royal Oak has 55 stalls for the Broodmares, foals, and sales prep horses that currently reside at the farm and hosts boarders such as the breeder of Union Rags, Phyllis M. Wyeth, along with Lynch homebreds.
Darby Dan Farm: Quality Runs in the Family It seems as everything old is new again at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Excitement for the forthcoming 2013 thoroughbred breeding season is high amongst the team at the farm as they make final preparations for the arrival of new foals and productive broodmares. The hopefulness surrounding a promising new generation of thoroughbreds mirrors the current reinvigorated identity of one of the most historic pieces of land in Central Kentucky.
The cheers emanating from Clarkland Farm for Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2nd may have been heard clear into neighboring counties throughout Central Kentucky as the filly crossed the finish line first at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. The palpable excitement was due to the fact that the team at Clarkland Farm was responsible for mating, foaling, and raising the championship-caliber filly.