buying yearlings

It’s sales season in the racing world – our guest is Brad Spicer of Spicer Thoroughbreds, who has decades of experience in bloodstock management and buying yearlings. Is it similar to punting in terms of having a number of form factors? How has the industry changed in recent years? We asked Brad about this and more.

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Buying yearlings with Brad Spicer

Our chat with Brad covers:

  • Brad’s background in the racing game and his connection to the horse from early in life
  • The difficulties in becoming a horse trainer… and why he chose bloodstock management instead!
  • A bloodstock apprenticeship under the Corstens and George Smith
  • What Spicer Thoroughbreds does: yearlings, syndication, weanlings, broodmares… how the business has broadened
  • Travelling to the UK to source staying types as yearlings
  • Buying European staying horses early – can we get them used to our harder tracks?
  • The 400 years of staying breeding in the UK
  • Going to the yearling sales… the number of factors to look at when buying yearlings
  • Changes in the yearling game over Brad’s time. Has technology helped things?
  • The importance of x-rays pre-purchase
  • Heart scores and genetic testing
  • The lessons from Vow And Declare: genetics tests revealing staying ability
  • The science versus having a good eye
  • Have yearling prices skyrocketed recently? Is it harder to find value?

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