The Blood-Horse Regionals

Stories about North American farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders from the pages of The Blood-Horse magazine.

1/2/10 Midwest: Mission Accomplished

  • January 06, 2010
  • File Size 2.8MB

Innovation. Progress. Leadership. These are just a few of the words used over the years to describe what David Willmot has brought to the horse racing industry in Ontario since he bulled his way into the...

12/12/09 West Coast: Acting Out

  • December 09, 2009
  • File Size 3MB

The Roman numeral in back of Don Ameche III’s name not only denotes his ancestral lineage, it also marks the third generation of his family that has been involved in the Thoroughbred business. Having entered...

12/12/09 Southwest: Cowboy Care

  • December 09, 2009
  • File Size 1.3MB

Tom and Sandy McKenna believe in the “cowboy way” when it comes to raising good horses at their 1,200-acre McKenna Thoroughbreds near Taiban in the eastern part of New Mexico. “It’s wide, open fields and...

11/11/09 Northeast: Better With Backer

  • November 11, 2009
  • File Size 1MB

O ver the years William Backer has discovered that things go better with racing. The retired songwriting guru, known during his professional career as the man who coined many famous slogans and jingles...

11/11/09 West Coast: In The House

  • November 11, 2009
  • File Size 2.3MB

A ppaloosas brought Michael House to Thoroughbreds. The spotted horses carted his kids in show rings across the country and his silks on the California fair racing circuit. House even now sometimes keeps...

09/26/09 West Coast: A Force At Fairplex

  • September 22, 2009
  • File Size 2.7MB

Because Kim Lloyd had a comfortable chair, he got to be the fly on the wall when two of California’s greatest horsemen swapped tales. After training hours at Santa Anita Park, Willard Proctor would amble...

04/25/09 Midwest/Canada Regional: Husky Times

  • April 21, 2009
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No matter what the industry, trends in America are often said to start in California and move east. But for the horse industry, Iowa, smack in the middle of the nation’s breadbasket, represents a microcosm...

03/28/09 Northeast Regional: Empire Leadership

  • April 07, 2009
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When Delaware North announced it was ending its partnership with the New York Racing Association to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct racecourse, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred...

03/28/09 Midwest Regional: Mastering Michigan

  • March 24, 2009
  • File Size 843kB

As breeder/owner Marilyn McMaster looked at splashy photographs of yearlings galloping across lush pastures, her favorite gray mare posing beneath a weeping willow tree, and her intricately self-built...

03/21/09 Southwest Regional: Early to Rise

  • March 19, 2009
  • File Size 2.8MB

There once was a Louisiana breeder who purchased broodmares in the $7,500-$10,000 range. But last November he bought a mare for $65,000, and in January he spent $85,000 for another. Tom Early smiles when...

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