Becky Thomas

Netflix, Anyone?

NETFLIX, ANYONE?    In these days of self-isolation, the need to find your next great t.v. series is greater than ever. We asked some industry folks what they're watching these days, and for their top recommendations to last us until we can leave our homes again. Pull up a couch!  BECKY THOMAS I think at times like this we should all binge watch (if we weren't taking care of these horses we can't sell!) "Curb Your Enthusiasm." It is funny and lighthearted about ordinary every day activities. JEN ROYTZ, RETIRED...

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Hits and Misses as OBSMAR Opens Under Trying Circumstances

by Brian DiDonato & Steve Sherack Under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp stock market reaction, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale kicked off Tuesday with mixed results for sellers--as expected--but probably with better trade than some may have feared. At the end of selling Tuesday, 134 head had changed hands for a combined $12,550,500 at an average of $93,660 and median of $50,000. Those stats are expected to change as buyers continue to shop the RNA list and subsequent post-sale transactions are...

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Who’s the Leading First-Crop Sire? Becky Thomas

It's time for our annual favorite question. We surveyed some top judges on who their leading first-crop sire is, and asked them to give us some under-the-radar picks as well. BECKY THOMAS The first stallion that comes to mind that I really like is Frosted. I have three that are all very racey. They've given me a good first impression of their sire. They seem to be a lot more precocious than what you would think of with Tapits, and they're all three very speedy-looking. They all have great hips,...

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A Mix of Fear and Optimism at OBS in Coronavirus Era

Following the announcement of the cancellation of the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale on Friday afternoon, the atmosphere at the OBS March Sale was tense. Becky Thomas of Sequel Bloodstock made an analogy. "There was a movie years ago with Jim Carrey called the Truman Show, where Jim Carrey did not realize he was actually the subject of a TV series. That's the way I feel. We're going through the motions, but we don't really know if it's real or not." Consignors gathered in the barns following the breeze show, expecting to...

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First Foal For The Lieutenant

The first foal by GSW The Lieutenant (Street Sense--Stage Magic, Ghostzapper) was a filly born Feb. 1 at Keane Stud for breeder Meadow Hill Lane Farm. She is out of Keysong (Songandaprayer). A half-brother to Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy), The Lieutenant was one of four stallions killed by intruders at Peru's Haras Barlovento in late December. "We will cherish every foal we get by The Lieutenant and are very happy that the first one came to one of our favorite New York breeders, Meadow Hill Lane Farm," said...

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Sequel Open House to Benefit TAA

Sequel Stallions New York will hold an open house Sunday, Jan. 19, from 12-4 p.m. at the farm in Hudson. Originally scheduled as a stallion show with a sit-down dinner and giveaways, the format has changed to a light lunch with stallions shown throughout the day. For every contract signed on site and for every winner of a stallion season raffle, Sequel will donate $100 on behalf of the breeder to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and will match the total at the end of the day. "We have received...

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