Michael Hernon and Brian Graves of Gainesway Farm

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This edition of BloodHorse.com’s popular Talkin’ Horses live podcast featured Michael Hernon and Brian Graves, from the Lexington-based Gainesway Farm. The podcast was recorded at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, March 20.

Owned by the Beck family, Gainesway Farm’s stallion roster includes such prominent sires as Tapit, Afleet Alex, Birdstone, Orientate, and Corinthian, among others. In addition to its stallion success, Gainesway is among the leading consignors at North American auctions, has achieved success with its pinhooking ventures and horses on the track wearing the farm’s colors.

Hernon, a native of Ireland with a commercial horse background, was appointed Gainesway’s Director of Sales in November 1996 and his responsibilities include sales of seasons, identifying stallion prospects, developing partnerships, and purchasing breeding stock.

As Yearling Sales Manager at Gainesway, Graves is in charge of recruiting and purchasing select yearlings for Gainesway consignments, and managing those yearlings to the sale. He is also in charge of Gainesway’s yearling sales and communications with clients regarding their yearling sales.

The podcast is co-moderated by Ron Mitchell, online managing editor for BloodHorse.com, and The Blood-Horse magazine staff writer Esther Marr. The Talkin’ Horses segment of March 20 also includes handicapping analysis by Jason Shandler, a staff writer with The Blood-Horse who co-hosts "That Handicapping Show" at BloodHorse.com.


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Terry M.

Interesting podcast. But I am disappointed they did not address the issue of inbreeding and the desperate need for new bloodlines that don't carry Nasrullah multiple times. They did mention the recent acquisition of Hat Trick, but didn't talk about what an amazing outcross he is.

Hat Trick has no crosses to Nearctic, Native Dancer or Bold Ruler. He has the really old bloodlines that seem to have fallen out of fashion in North America and Europe. More stallions like him are badly needed.

21 Mar 2012 2:25 PM
jim of G

Nasrullah has been dead for over 50 years and you won't find him generally anywhere nearer than 6 generations ago.  I think Tapit, for example, shows no one need fear the influence of Nasrullah.  If you wanted to bring in fresh blood do it like it was originally done and open "the book" to outside mares.  How about some good 1/2 thoroughbred quarter horses for starters?  One of my children gave me a calendar with photographs of all kinds of horses and the one I've not discarded is Feb 28th described as "an Arabian-Andalusian mare"  She looks like George Stubbs invented her

26 Mar 2012 12:23 AM


You are right about the state of the breed, but there is nothing magical about the sire line. It is still possible to put together a broodmare band that has quality outcross blood. An inbred stud can sire an outcross foal.

You can also use your judgement to find those horses who have the name on the page but not in the blood. Inheritance does not proceed on a bell curve; the odds are more like a coin flip. Many of Nasrullah's descendants do not have a single Nasrullah-derived gene. If it doesn't look like Nasrullah, run like Nasrullah, sire like Nasrullah . . .

War Admiral was a Sweep.

26 Mar 2012 10:40 PM

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