EQUIX has advised horsemen since 1984, and we still work with some of our first customers. Our OptiMatch® breeding program was immediately popular and added a new dimension to the art of planning matings.
One of our first clients was Franklin Groves's North Ridge Farm, which earned an Eclipse Award as Outstanding Breeder in 1989. EQUIX also assisted in planning the matings that produced 1992 Kentucy Derby winner Lil E. Tee and 1991 Breeders' Cup Turf winner and Champion Miss Alleged.
EQUIX served as an advisor to Eugene Melnyk and his Winding Oaks Farm from 1998 through his dispersal in July 2014 and helped select and identify many of his most successful racehorses: G1SWs Speightstown, Flower Alley, Harmony Lodge, Bishop Court Hill, and Pool Land; G2SWs Strong Hope, Indian Vale, and Harlington; and countless other stakes winners.
When his operations developed into a breed-to-race program, EQUIX provided OptiMatch® data for the Winding Oaks mares. Melnyk color bearers include Sovereign Award winners Sealy Hill, Marchfield, Roxy Gap, and Leigh Court; GSWs Bridgetown, James Street, Sterwins, Gemswick Park; SWs Barracks Road, Carem Crescent, Clement Rock, and many others.
After the dispersal, the Winding Oaks success story continued with more racehorses from the Melnyk breeding program racing around the country, including G1SWs Wavell Avenue, Bullards Alley, and Lukes Alley. GSWs include Hillaby, Belle Hill, Glenville Gardens and Karibu Gardens.
Mr. Melnyk ranked among the top five leading owners and breeders in North America for several years. He was honored with a Sovereign Award for Leading Owner and Leading Breeder in Canada in 2009. He also was honored as Outstanding Owner of the Year in 2005 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as Leading Owner that same year.
EQUIX clients we have worked with and selected horses for over the years include:
William L. Clifton, Jr. campaigned G1SWs Tizway ($1.3-million earner), Behrens ($4.5-million earner), Will's Way ($954k earner), plus other Graded earners Prioritize, Our Way, Empressof the Nile, Kitty in a Tizzy, Hostess, Solitaire, Pleasant Breeze ($1.2-million earner), Fortuitous, Transcendental, Magical Illusion, Legislator, Hot and Spicy, Ok by Me, Nevermore, and many more. Using OptiMatch®, Mr. Clifton bred GSWs Rhythm Band ($1.3-million earner) and Willy o'the Valley and GSP winners Senor Fizz and Musical. Will's Way was also bred by EQUIX client Robert Quinichett using OptiMatch®.
Selections for Jim and Susan Hill include Sovereign Award winner Solid Appeal, G1SW Grand Arch ($1.8-million earner), GSWs Phantom Currency, Go Blue or Go Home, Sharp Sensation, Tizahit, Canadian classic winner Miami Deco, MSW Lead Guitar, SW Lemon Splendor, GSP Way Early, Holiday Stone, and Monty's Best, MSP City Trooper and Platinum Exchange.
Ilium Stables LLC scored early with one of their first two yearling purchases. Jezebel’s Kitten, a 40k yearling sale selection, won the 500k Juvenile Fillies S. at Kentucky Downs in her 2nd start. She now has earnings of over $420k.
Selections at the 2YO sales for Robert Bartels include GSW Shadowbdancing ($1-million earner), MSW Bluesbdancing, and SP Phaniebdancing and Readybdancing. Using Optimatch, Mr. Bartels bred MSW/GSP Babybluesbdancing.
Silverton Hill's G1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Dominican and GSP Sedgefield made an entry in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Both were 2YO sales selections, as was GSP winner St. Joe.
Robert and Lawana Low raced and/or bred G1SW Capote Belle and G1 Kentucky Derby placed Steppenwolfer, along with the GSWs Posse, Real Cozzy, and Green Fee. Other SWs include Agent di Nozzo, Zapper Belle, and Ha Ha Tonka.
EQUIX's OptiMatch® breeding program assisted these clients, and many others, with their mating selections:
Bonner Young of Bonner Farm bred and raced G1SW Bit of Whimsy, along with G1SWs Miss Josh and Royal Mountain Inn, G2SW Caroline Thomas, G3SWs Highland Crystal and Highland Springs, and other graded performers. MSW/G1SP Highland Sky ($784k-earner), SW/GSP Highland Glory, SW My Sweet Girl, GSP Sky Blazer, and GSP Kulin Rock have also carried her colors.
Bit of Whimsy
Monticule, breeder of Champion Big Brown, also bred MG1SW Annals of Time, GSWs Signalman, Adventist, Archaggelos, Prussian, Joe Vann, and Dijeerr; SWs Xy Speed, Isn't He Clever, Sharp Writer, Glenwood Canyon, Queen of the Creek, Arch Traveler, Sky's Goldmaker; GSP Amalfi Princess, MSP Divine Dutchess, and others. Monticule also sold a $9-million yearling by Danzig using OptiMatch®.
Red Oak Stables ranks among the Leading Owners at several race tracks every year. Their breed-to-race program, based at their Ocala, Florida, farm, has produced many black-type earners over the years, including Mind Control, MG1SW with over $1.5-million in earnings, and Unbridled Mo, another G1SW and millionaire. Other notable Red Oak runners include: GSW Unbridled Essence; MSW/G1SP Bal Harbour; MSW King for a Day; SWs It Can Be Done, Casino Transaction, Feel That Fire, and Ima Jersey Girl; GSP Goddess of Fire, Unbridled Daddy; and SP runners Psychic Ability, Fish Mooney, Crazy Daisy, Let's Parlay, Charleymillionaire, Dancing Lion, Debonair Darling, Keep the Canoli, and others.
Red Oak also campaigns MSW Make It Big, a 2yo sale purchase made with the assistance of EQUIX ProStride data.
Betz Thoroughbreds, a leading consignor and producer of high quality yearlings, bred Eclipse Award winner Echo Zulu and other G1SWs Yaupon, Echo Town, Hoppertunity and Executiveprivilege. Other notable runners include GSWs Man of Promise, Magic Star, J Boys Echo, and High Ridge Road; MSW Another Miracle; SWs One Step Ahead, Into Trouble, and Red Lodge; GSP Golden Domer, Calf Moon Bay, and Unbridled Outlaw; and SP Fannie and Freddie, Dragic, Honey Pants, and Golden Jaguar.
|Year||Betz Thoroughbreds at recent Keeneland September Yearling Sales|
|2021||3rd Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($4,880,000), 20 or less sold|
|2021||3rd Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($287,000), 17 or more sold|
|2020||4th Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($2,136,000), 10 or less sold|
|2020||4th Highest Consignor by Average Price ($213,000), 10 or more sold|
|2019||3rd Highest Consignor by Average Price ($225,000), 15 or more sold|
|2019||4th Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($4,050,000), 20 or less sold|
|2018||2nd Highest Consignor by Average Price ($263,947), 15 or more sold|
|2018||Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($5,015,000), 20 or less sold|
|2021||Highest-priced American Pharoah filly at $1.4-million|
|2021||Highest-priced Nyquist colt at $700,000|
|2021||2nd Highest-priced Good Magic colt at $575,000|
|2021||2nd Highest-priced Violence colt at $550,000|
|2020||Highest-priced American Pharoah filly at $1.2-million|
|2020||2nd Highest-priced Gun Runner filly at $300,000|
|2020||4th Highest-priced Practical Joke colt at $260,000|
|2019||Highest-priced Runhappy filly at $475,000|
|2019||Highest-priced Dialed In filly at $290,000|
|2018||4th Highest-priced Uncle Mo filly at $525,000|
|2018||4th Highest-priced Candy Ride (Arg) colt at $425,000|
|2018||Highest-priced Honor Code filly at $340,000|
|2018||Highest-priced Elusive Quality colt at $500,000|
Hinkle Farms is a perennial leading consignor at Keeneland September. In the last few years, the farm enhanced its mare roster and added EQUIX OptiMatch data to their mating selection criteria.
Hinkle Farms’s more recent stakes performers include GSW/G1SP Ginobili ($457k-earner), Draft Pick ($542k-earrner), GSW Shivaji ($2.1-million earner Japan), Current ($467k-earner), MSW New Boss, SW/GSP Orbolution and SWs Aug Lutes and Rail Hugger. Black-type earners Easy Shot, Gunnison, Wexx, War Beast, Stave, and Flatter Me Please are also among their graduates.
Gross revenues for Hinkle Farms at Keeneleand in 2015 and 2016 were $1.48-million and $1.7-million, respectively, and have continued to grow.
|Year||Hinkle Farms at recent Keeneland September Yearling Sales|
|2020||4th Leading Consignor Gross Sales ($3,350,000), 22 or less sold|
|2019||Highest Consignor by Average Price ($405,125), 15 or more sold|
|2019||2nd Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($6,482,000), 20 or less sold|
|2018||6th Highest Consignor by Average Price ($208,406), 15 or more sold|
|2018||3rd Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($3,334,000), 20 or less sold|
|2017||3rd Highest Consignor by Average Price ($243,056), 13 or more sold|
|2017||2nd Highest Consignor Gross Sales ($4,375,000), 20 or less sold|
|2021||2nd Highest-priced Twirling Candy colt at $300,000|
|2021||2nd Highest-priced Cairo Prince colt at $110,000|
|2021||Highest-priced Dialed In colt at $190,000|
|2020||Highest-priced Gun Runner filly at $750,000|
|2020||4th Highest-priced Uncle Mo colt at $650,000|
|2020||2nd Highest-priced First Samurai filly at $240,000|
|2020||2nd Highest-priced Blame colt at $130,000|
|2019||Highest-priced Tapit colt at $2.5-million|
|2019||Highest-priced Frosted filly at $600,000|
|2019||Highest-priced Candy Ride (Arg) filly at $650,000|
|2019||3rd Highest-priced Honor Code colt at $235,000|
|2018||Highest-priced War Front filly at $1.75-million|
|2018||5th Highest-priced Into Mischief colt at $600,000|
Tapit - Seeking Gabrielle colt
Robert Harvey bred and raced Hollinger, Sovereign Award winner for Champion 2YO in Canada, and bred GSW Bickersons, MSW Calling Rhy Rhy, GSP Dancehall Deelites, and SP Hot and Spicy, Escondera, Sky Racer, and Banker's Street. EQUIX also assisted Mr. Harvey in selecting 2001 Sovereign Award winner Numerous Times as a yearling.
Richard Leahy's Oak Bluff Stables's breeding program focuses on New York-breds and, using OptiMatch®, has produced G1SW Audible ($2.1-million earner), MSW/G1SP Rieno Tesoro ($1.37-million earner Japan), SW/MGSP Governor Malibu ($665k-earner); MSW/GSP Therapist ($768k-earner), SW Fresco, and SP Kitty Panda. Mr. Leahy also campaigned Akilina (MSW/GSP), the dam of Governor Malibu and Rieno Tesoro.
Siena Farm-bred stakes performers include: G1SWs Dayoutoftheoffice and Angela Renee, MGSW Isabella Sings; MGSW/G1SP Mr Freeze ($1.6-million earner) GSW/MG1SP Point of Honor ($724k-earner); GSW National Flag; MSWs Alaura Michelle, Outside Nashville, and Ocho Ocho Ocho; SWs Tesora, Elnaawi, and Velvet Mood; G1SP Identity Politics and Bernina Star, GSP Private Ensign (dam of SW Great Sister Diane), and Dewey Square; and SP Classy Dancer and Anna Sophia.
Richard Otto Stables, a supporter of the Illinois-bred racing program, has campaigned many top state-bred runners over the years including GSW Summer Mis, SWs Set to Sizzle, Summer’s Empire, Alette, and SP Jolina, Summer Again, Mourette, Jolee, and many others. Using OptiMatch®, Mourette produced his MGSW Sir Anthony ($495k-earner) and Summer Again produced MSP winner Summer Day.
Bill Geist's Woodbridge Farm bred G1SW Bevo, GSW Wilburn and his dam, GSW Moonlight Sonata. This mare also produced GSW Beethoven and the sale of her offspring at auction grossed $2.1-million for our client.
Richard Rudolph's breeding program focused on Illinois-breds and he had great success with OptiMatch®, producing SW Deposit Express and her offspring MSW Magnetic Miss, SW/MSP Royal Express, and SW Hydro Power. He also bred GSW Stonehouse, MSW/GSP San Pedro, SW Freeway Ticket, and GSP Castlewood.
Duke Burris's foundation mare Goldspell, produced SW Bashful Charmer and her other daughter, Lovethespell, produced SW/GSP Cool Spell (dam of MSW Coarsegold), MSW Our Double Play, and GSP Presto Change O.