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“I said, ‘You can fire me, but I think this is a good buy.’ ”
Racing manager Joe Cassidy, on convincing owner Greg Bentley
to buy Alwaysmining (now a multiple stakes winner of $536,442) in 2018
“He had speed. He could run at Keeneland and not get beat too badly there, but it was more because he was a Maryland-bred. We could get lucky, like we did, but if we didn’t he could run for $35,000 or whatever and get a piece here and there in a Maryland-bred race.”
Cassidy, on the reason he lobbied for the purchase
Hardships endured, the Merrymans hold fast at Anchor and Hope Farm
Watermen knew the perils. Even then, the 1600s, rocky shoals downriver on the Susquehanna left no safe passage to the Chesapeake Bay. The goods they ported, the whiskey, lumber, coal, could be discharged at Creswell’s Ferry, wagoned along bumpy roads and born again to barges on the deep. Ceding valued freight to offhand agents trundling unsure pathways, sailors thus described the trading gamble: anchor and hope. On a granite bluff above the river, the Creswells built an estate in 1682 and named the stretching acreage Anchor and Hope Farm.
Venture capitalist, Loyola University professor and racing fan TK Kuegler dove into the Thoroughbred industry with the creation of Wasabi Ventures Stables in 2017. Less than three years later, more than 400 people call them-selves members and own anywhere from 0.5 to 4.99 percent of at least one racehorse.
With the growing roster of customers, and horses, Wasabi’s racehorse business is off and running at the track, at the sales and on the farm with an expanding group of broodmares.
So what’s next?
A stallion. Kuegler and Wasabi will be a complete Thoroughbred entity in 2020, involved in virtually every aspect of the industry with the purchase of Force the Pass for stud duty.
Shirley Lojeski called her Pennsylvania farm between Philadelphia and Allentown “a small operation,” which makes sense in October. When she’s in the midst of foaling season, helping 25 or so mares deliver, the place feels anything but small.
“Foaling season is a long time and, no, it doesn’t feel small then,” she said. “I’m the night watchman and the day watchman too.”
The work pays off sometimes, especially with a horse like Forest Fire. Foaled at Lojeski Farms in Emmaus, the 4-year-old son of Friesan Fire won a race-long battle with Prendimi to take the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park Oct. 19. The feature race on the 34th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, the Classic attracted a big field of 11 but was a two-horse race late.
Despite eight consecutive victories and 11 overall, all at his home track, the West Virginia-bred gelding Runnin’toluyva had something to prove in the most lucrative race of the year at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
A little more than six months after a smooth front-running score in the $300,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic for state-bred runners, Runnin’toluvya was asked to take on the challenge of the $1 million Charles Town Classic, a Grade 2 event that has attracted its share of big-name invaders with previous wins at the top level of United States racing.
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/ The Racing Biz poll of the top Mid-Atlantic-breds of the year
The poll is conducted by media members and others involved in the Thoroughbred industry and restricted to horses who have run in 2020 and were bred in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the Carolinas.