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Liam’s Pride Breaks Maiden at Oaklawn Park

Liam’s Pride, a standout who is a half-brother to $1.2 million dollar earner Morning Line, broke his maiden in stylish fashion going 6 furlongs at Oaklawn Park. A race earlier, Liam’s Pride had all kinds of trouble finishing third to rising star Pneumatic, but he rebounded nicely under jockey Martin Garcia to break his maiden in 1:10 flat. Liam’s Pride, owned by Tom Mansor, Rick Pushor, Rob Roy, Jerry Caroom, and CTR Stables, looks to do big things as he stretches out this summer at Belmont Park. The son of Liam’s Map was bought privately by Blue Chip owner Steve McPherson last Spring for $300,000. Now, it’s time to advance...
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Doug O’Neill Expanding Barn to include Belmont Park

Two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neill expanded his reach this last Spring to include operations in Oaklawn Park and Dubai.  Now, we hear he is moving horses to Kentucky and New York. O’Neill shipped 12 horses to Belmont Park including Blue Chip Thoroughbred purchase Liam’s Pride.  O’Neill recently ran Four Left in the Belmont Stakes. “I think with everything going on in California racing that Doug just wanted to hedge his bet a little,” commented Blue Chip owner Steve McPherson.  “His clientele races at the highest level so it isn’t that big of a deal for Doug to have multiple operations.” O’Neill won the Kentucky Derby with both Nyquist...
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Keeneland Offers First Virtual Thoroughbred Sale

Keeneland will offer the first virtual thoroughbred sale in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The sale, scheduled for Tuesday June 24th, will allow buyers to bid online. The virtual mechanics of the sale have already proved to be fruitful in Australia, who had a very successful virtual auction in April for the Easter Sale. Buyers can register online at Keeneland.com for the Horses of Racing Age Sale. The sale will begin at 2 pm EST and bidding will close on each horse every two minutes after that. If a bid is made online, then the time for the sale of that specific horse is extended two minutes, assuring that someone...
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Private Sales to Dominate Blue Chip Business in 2020

Since the two year old sales were cancelled this Spring and rescheduled, and the June Sale at Santa Anita was cancelled and not rescheduled, Blue Chip Thoroughbreds was put in a bind.  The question was simple, “How do we sell our two year old racehorses?” Pinhookers by trade, in a normal year, Blue Chip always sold their best athletes at public auction.  But, as we all know, this is nothing but a normal year. “It certainly presents a different set of challenges,” said Steve McPherson, the top buyer at Blue Chip.  “We have a lot of nice horses that we should be able to move.  If not, then we will...
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Partnerships the Foundation of Blue Chip Business

Blue Chip Thoroughbreds, established in 2018 by founder Steve McPherson, flourishes in the partnership business.  Blue Chip specializes in finding athletes, then selling partnerships to those who want to race together. Whether it is pinhooking or racing, Blue Chip has a partnership program for you.  Mostly, though, Blue Chip distinguishes itself as a pinhooker of two year olds in training.  It’s a pretty simple concept — Blue Chip takes athletes and does all they can to turn them into champions. “I think the biggest thing is to have fun while you try to improve the horse,” said Steve McPherson, who oversees the pinhooking operation for Blue Chip.  “Every athlete is...
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