Our vast experience in the thoroughbred market makes our agency the perfect choice to appraise your horses. We have experience from the perspective of a breeder, buyer, seller, and insurance agent.
Once you have bought your mare(s) the job is only half done. Choosing stallions for her matings should not be left to statistical analysis. Keeping us involved to provide the horseman’s insight and intuition is an essential part of your success. Our thorough physical evaluation allows us to make the stallion choices that lead to your long term success.
Some agents don’t find mare purchases to be glamorous enough. Other agents are fascinated by using mares as tools for nicking stallions. We are different, we approach mare purchases the same as we do any other age group, we research, we look at the individual horse and we buy quality.
The SBBA operates the successful SBBA Investments which purchases 10-15 weanlings each year. However, we are also available for your private hire. Our weanling pinhook is focused on colts and fillies with an average price of $150,000. This target range gives us a very reasonable chance of buying top prospects but leaves lots of room for other buyers to hire us and take advantage of our skills.
Our first action, quick result culture has created a new marketplace, the “ready-made” racehorse. No matter if you play at the top end or the claiming game let our experience work for you. Claiming horses, especially broodmare prospects, has been one area where we excel every year. Some of our major clients in this area are international and prefer buying privately or claiming over buying at the sale. Our network of trainers and notes on a majority of the fillies sold at auction make us a necessary tool for anyone looking for quality stock through the claim box. The sale of high end racing prospects, usually after a win, is a very volatile market with prices doubling and tripling with a “special race”.
The two year old auction offers buyers the chance to watch sale horses train prior to purchase. In fact many of the sale horses are on the sales grounds a week in advance, often getting at least one untimed “prep” before the official breeze show. After the horse breezes, the gallop out is an essential piece of information. Key ingredients to the gallop out include speed, distance and ability to assess the rider. Our team based approach to the two year old sale endeavors is to cover all of the bases, providing you with the information necessary to buy the right horse. Using our notes from weanling, yearling and training center visits we enter the market with a substantial back ground on most horses. The prep breeze gives us an idea of the horses capabilities, while training after the prep indicates soundness. Breeze day is the test. The objectivity of the stop watch, the impression of the ride and the ability of the horse to complete the task successfully without error or extra equipment. Analysis of breeze video of the horses stride for quality and length provides objectivity to the impression of the ride and rider. Assessment of the horse’s physical condition and soundness is the final step. We endeavor to be thorough when purchasing no matter which sale we are working. But in particular, the two year old sale requires a lot of man power and travel time. Presale planning is absolutely necessary. Please inquire a month prior to sale time if you are a new customer so that we can accommodate you. We will try to help late comers and appreciate your understanding