Dec 3, 2007


November Sale at Keeneland was so overheated that it may have been prudent to park your money on the sidelines and concentrate on the upcoming January Sale. Another reason to adopt this tactic is that it gives you a chance to review my impeccable record of buying broodmares at below-market prices over the past two decades.

Buying a Broodmare of the Year such as In Neon might be seen as a fluke among the legions of knockers that populate the sport. But repeated prime purchases, year after year, takes care of that.


Dan Kenny Bloodstock had a two-decade long association with the late John Franks, still the only owner to win four Eclipse Awards. In addition to In Neon, we purchased numerous stakes producers on his behalf. It was also my privilege to suggest matings for his hundreds of mares. Franks Farm finished in the top three nationally among breeders nearly every year of our time together. His name still appears on the leader board four years after his death in 2003.

The l993 Keeneland November Sale, my first since relocating from California, proved to be a pivotal event.

We purchased a stakes-winner named Constant Change in foal to Silver Deputy for $20,000. She was a half-sister to Very Subtle who had won the Breeders Cup Sprint over colts. The Silver Deputy foal was named Highfalutin who won nearly $400,000.

Next came Sunny Sara, an Affirmed mare for $32,000. She went on to produce three stakes horses.

Another ace from that sale was Sophisticated Sam, a stakes-winner of over $200,000 who was in foal to freshman sire El Prado, for $42,000. Her in utero foal brought $l35,000 and her next foal, mated at my suggestion with Cure The Blues, earned over $500,000.

Revered was a lovely little mare who had already produced two stakes-winners, including one by failed stallion Desert Wine. We bought Revered for $l00,000 in foal to Halo.
Revered’s yearling at the time turned out to be a $400,000 stakes-winner by Private Account.

We bought her weanling filly by Alysheba for $30,000 and she turned out to be a black-type runner also.

Mountain Fling was an Apalachee mare from a great family and we snagged a bargain at $l2,000. She went on to produce a couple of stakes-winners.

Premiere Express, a stakes runner by home stallion Premiership-a recommended mating-was bought in foal to El Prado for $40,000 and produced a stakes-winner.

At the time I also suggested that he buy out a partner on the Seattle Slew filly Slewzig for peanuts ($30,000 for half). Slewzig later produced three stakes-horses.

A pretty good week’s work.


James Redekop of Vancouver called one day and asked me to buy him a mare at Keeneland. I selected Donna Roberta who had already produced a stakes-winner. She cost $l7,000 in foal to Geiger Counter who became a modest winner. When the mare reached British Columbia I suggested she be bred to local star Son of Briarctic. The resultant foal, named Ryson, won nearly $400,000.

Ten years or so lataer, Redekop rang again. Donna Roberta was by now a little long in the tooth and we were to find a suitable replacement. We chose Precious Brenda for $7,000, in foal to Minardi. Her then three-year-old turned out to be Austin’s Mom, who won the Grade III Correction Handicap at Aqueduct. The Minardi filly sold for $50,000.

Fellow Canadian Norman McAllister showed up in l997 at Keeneland with a somewhat larger bankroll and instructed me to round up about thirty mares. Talk about beginner’s luck! At our first session we latched onto Song of Syria who had a weanling that would grow into champion Chilukki. For $72,000 we had the dam of a champion! Song of Syria’s first foal for McAllister was a gorgeous filly by French Deputy who was sold for $500,000. The mare was bred to Storm Cat and brought $935,000.

That same fateful night we bought Grade I winner Single Blade for $50,000. This mare was, bar none, the most beautiful mare that I have ever seen. We sold foals out of her for good money for a decade thanks to the exploits of her Grade II winner Comeonmom who was a yearling when we bought the mare. She was in foal to Street Cry when she died of colic in 2006.

Another McAllister purchase was stakes-winner McKilts for $30,000. She has out a current stakes-winner by Sultry Song.


We negotiated the purchase of Grade I winner Tout Charmant on behalf of Bob McNair’s Stonerside Farm. She won the Gr. I Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland and would likely have won the Breeders Cup with a better trip.

Anyhow, the deal involved sweetening of the pot to acquire Tout Charmant by tossing in a mare named Roujoleur as the “player named later”. Roujoleur (Red Ransom) is now dam of Chatain who is a graded stakes winner of $216,330 after winning a stakes in New Jersey in l.08 2/5 for six furlongs.


We have never been afraid to purchase a good horse with our own nickel. In fact, the best horse I ever owned was Sunny Blossom. I ran up quite a phone bill trying to get established clients to buy him. Finally, I put up my own money and formed a partnership to buy him. All he did was win $600,000 and run 6 furlongs in l.07.l at Santa Anita, a record which still stands l9 years later. By the way, I bought his dam for a pittance days before his first stakes win. Made a bundle.

Same goes for the mare Cherry Moon. I bought the stakes-winning daughter of Quiet American for $65,000 off a ranch in Northern California. I sold her to French agent Eric Puerari for a decent profit. Her first foal, named Cherry Mix, finished second by a head in the Arc de Triomphe. Cherry Mix was sold to Darley and won in Grade I company.

Down in Ocala I purchased a Franks Farm castoff named Nats My Gal who later foaled the good stakes-winner Gold For My Gal, by Franks’ home stallion Gold Alert. He bought the mare back from me for another nice profit.

Over the years I have owned perhaps 200 mares of my own. Ironically, it was another fellow reneging on a deal that turned up roses for me. I had agreed on behalf of a Louisiana horseman to purchase a group of l5 mares from Verne Winchell. At the time I was a house guest of an old school pal named Ted Campbell, a Lexington lawyer.

When he heard about my predicament he promptly agreed to have his bank loan me a six-figure sum. The late l970s market was on fire for mares and I resold the package for double what I paid in about 90 days.


I spent many years at the racetrack because that’s where the action is. Betting is more than a pastime with me and I later discovered that is the source of my success in dealing in bloodstick.

Two-year-old sales have been very good to me. Having been a clocker, I knew from experience what a good workout is supposed to look like. Two horses with similar training times will not always match up as racing prospects months and years down the road.

In the old days of the Hollywood Park sale, then one of the world’s top sales for juveniles, I would fly down from my Vancouver home to clock the stock some two weeks ahead of the sale. There’d be maybe one or two other people doing the same. There were no electronic teletimers available then. One survived by keeping his own counsel about what had been reported by duplicitous consigners in cahoots with official clockers.

My information was for sale and my initial patron was Vancouver homebuilder Peter Redekop. We hit right away with Sharp Hoofer and Pirate’s Quill winning stakes.
Peter has stayed loyal over the years and we have both prospered by the association.
Stakes-winners bought as two- year-olds for him are Above The Table, Act Smart, Ask For Speed, Ali’s Dancer, All The Roses, Alpine Queen, Shezashiningstar, Lady’s Excuse, As The Bell Tolls.

There were many juvenile sale graduates bought by Dan Kenny Bloodstock for a variety of clients. These include Bishop Court Hill (Gr. 1) Sam Lord’s Castle, Tricky Trevor, Riverbank Kid, Viana Ossiana, Blacksage Alley, Mapp Hill, Porey Spring, Sweet Ilima, It Is, Kirtons, Kendall Point, Miss Bank Robin, Lost At Sea.