Tom McCrocklin

Little Red Feather Hires Racing Compliance Consultant

Little Red Feather Racing has hired an independent compliance consultant to oversee all aspects of its racing and sales divisions. The consultant will ensure that LRF's trainers, veterinarians, and staffs comply within regulatory rules as well as LRF's internal policies regarding training and medication. "Many industries have compliance managers, why not horse ownership?" said LRF Managing Partner Gary Fenton. "We want our partners to have the utmost confidence and trust that our equine athletes receive world class care." LRF Founder and Managing Partner Billy Koch added, "It's time we take...

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Seven-Figure Speightster Colt Turned Back, Joins Baffert Barn

A colt by Speightster (hip 1312), purchased by Larry Best for $1.1 million at the OBS Spring Sale, has been returned to previous owner Solana Beach Sales and has joined the Southern California barn of trainer Bob Baffert. "Larry Best purchased the colt and after the sale he sent him to Taylor Made," explained consignor Tom McCrocklin. "I discussed post-sale management of the colt with Frank Taylor because he was not familiar with the horse and I was. And I think they chose to pull his back shoes and put...

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Pair of Million-Dollar Juveniles Highlight OBS Spring Finale

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, an auction most people seemed happy could even be held following all of the uncertainties of the global pandemic, concluded its four-day run in Central Florida with a pair of seven-figure transactions book-ending the session. Early in the day, Kaleem Shah purchased a son of Quality Road for $1.25 million from the Wavertree Stables consignment and, with only a handful of lots left to offer, Larry Best secured a colt by Speighster for...

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Speightster Colt Lights it Up Late at OBS

A New York-bred colt from the first crop of Speightster lit up the board late Friday at OBS as he garnered a $1.1-million final bid from Christina Jelm, who was acting on behalf of Larry Best's OXO Equine LLC. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin as hip 1312, the :20 4/5 breezer turned in a strong gallop out that caught plenty of eyes. A supplemental entry to the OBS Spring sale, the son of MSP Auspicious (Indian Charlie)--already named Fortunate Son--was a $110,000 Saratoga York-bred yearling purchase by McCrocklin.

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Bidding Returns to OBS Tuesday

The juvenile sales season, which has suffered cancellations, delays and reshuffling due to the coronavirus pandemic, will look to get back on track with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training which begins its four-day run in Central Florida Tuesday morning. "I would say we are cautiously optimistic about the sale in light of what we've all had to deal with in the last few months," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "I think the most important thing is that people are happy just to...

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Time For Anneau d’Or to Strike Gold

The Turf has no other odyssey quite like the one that ends at Churchill Downs. Where the Epsom original becomes ever less diverse, thanks to an inundation of two-bit speed in the European gene pool, the Kentucky Derby remains a faithful index of the grandeur and variegation of America's cultural self-image. From coast to coast, the thousands of potential winners who grazed their first spring pasture three years ago are now being winnowed down, trial by trial, to the 20 who finally share that momentous walk from the backside on...

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