I will be spending some time in So. Fl while 2 of my horses show a little bit at WEF. I am looking for a broodmare prospect, specifically a gray, would like at least 16 hands and with good gaits, sane personality (I know, not asking for much, huh). However, I do have a black, very tall, very big boned floating movement, very sane brained, young warm blood stallion that would love to cross with a lighter boned, good moving, good brained gray mare. Would like to visit some of the tracks while I am down there. How is the best way to do this? Just go to the barn gate and tell attendant why I am there and if I am let in, go bother some trainers? Or, what is the etiquette for doing this? Any advice appreciated!!
I don't know about the tracks down there but the ones we work with will not allow people on the backside without the permission of an owner or trainer. I would never, ever buy an OTTB without someone involved who knew the horse's story. But since you are only looking for a broodmare the soundness/issues may not be as important. I'd go to the racing office and ask if there is a trainer there who would escort you or who knows of any that need to leave the track. Other than that, CANTER or other reputable sites like theirs is a great place to shop!
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As for the track, the backside is generally closed and you need a pass to get in, but morning workouts are generally open and a good way to meet trainers.... let one know you're looking and word should spread.
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Looking for a broodmare at a OBS mixed sale is the best idea. See many like you are describing that haven't produced runners at the sales that don't bring much money, need a home...and have already had foals. Mares in training are a. more expensive
and b. not proven to be able to have a foal.
OBS is done with Mixed sales until the fall. Im trying to think offhand of anyone in Ocala with a grey mare for sale, but Im sure theres a lot, I just cant think of any right now. Maybe check the sales results for the January sale to give you an idea, there might even be some RNAs that went home that would be available.
You might even post an add in the Wire to Wire which is weekly, or bi-weekly in Ocala. Also--go to Winning Edge Tack store there....Val knows a lot of "inside info". The idea of the RNA's a good one too. Get a list if the breeding farms and call around....they may have one or know somebody. Often the turf bred ones sell cheaper....good for sport, however.
After I posted I also thought about the mixed sales being over...Florida Fan gave excellent advice! If you want to wait for the sales you can google Fasig Tipton or OBS and request a catalog or view it online.
You can also contact T.R.O.T. (Throroughbred Retirement of Tampa). They are similar to CANTER and could assist you in either finding the horse among the farms they know, or possibly escorting you at one of the tracks. Here is their website: http://tampatrot.org/
You may also ask around at the shows - some of those folks have racetrack contacts.
Too bad you are looking for a broodie - I have a nice 17h gray gelding who will retire after the Tampa season this year... I had a LOVELY gray TB broodmare - not sure if she is available anywhere since I sold her, but her name is WIGHT AND WONG. I'll see if I can find out if she is available - I know she was for sale. http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...%20and%20Wong/