Carrie Brogden

Owner Perspectives on Trainer Business Model: “The Current System Is Broken”

The TDN recently took a lengthy dive into the business model of the average American trainer, and asked this question: "What, if anything, can be done to make this model a healthier, more efficiently run affair?" The answers garnered revolved around two central issues. One concerned reduced race-day opportunities leading to shrinking earnings, and the possible raising of day-rates to compensate. The other concerned the possible payment of monthly invoices up-front, to save trainers the pressure of covering the daily expenses for a minimum of 40-45 days. Other topics raised...

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The Nomination Struggle: Carrie Brogden

Chris McGrath's Value Sires series in the TDN has frequently touched on the difficulty in selling nominations to stallions in their third-year at stud, as well as to solid, established stallions standing for a moderate fee. We asked stallion managers and nominations teams as well as bloodstock agents what changes could be made, if any, to help the situation. Carrie Brogden, Machmer Hall I sell a lot of seasons and I book a lot of mares. To me, and I have said it before, what has changed the support for...

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City of Light’s First Foal a Filly

Lane's End resident City of Light (Quality Road) sired his first foal, a filly, Friday at Machmer Hall in Paris, Ky. The filly is also the first foal out of unraced Redbud (Union Rags), a half-sister to graded stakes winner Wishful Tomcat (Tactical Cat) and stakes winners Uncle T Seven (Freud), Lucky Lewis (Forest Camp) and Zetterholm (Silver Train). "We are thrilled to bits over our City of Light filly!" said Machmer Hall's Carrie Brogden. "She has a beautiful feminine head and great balance and frame." City of Light will...

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Keeneland January Sale Concludes

LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded its five-day run in Lexington Friday with results off slightly from a record-setting 2019 renewal which was held over four days and featured the breakout $5-million sale of champion Abel Tasmen (Quality Road). "To me, if you take one horse out of 2019, 2019 and 2020 look remarkably similar," said Keeneland's vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston. "Abel Tasman was a $5-million purchase and in excess of 10% of our total gross last year. If you...

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