Gulf Coast Farms, headed by Florida horseman Jerry Bailey and Utah horseman Lance Robinson, will begin dispersing its bloodstock during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Gulf Coast is the breeder of 2009’s champion 2-year-old male Lookin At Lucky , who has captured this year’s Preakness (gr. I) and IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent, will consign the Gulf Coast horses.
“Mare leasing programs are just not a viable option in this economy,” Bailey said. “This doesn’t mean, however, that anything else will change. Our operation in Florida will continue to conduct business as usual, we will continue to train horses at our training center, and we will still be very much involved in the Thoroughbred business.”
The Gulf Coast consignment will be comprised of 91 horses—49 broodmares, 36 weanlings, and six racing or broodmare prospects. All of the horses will be cataloged within Books 1 though 4 of the auction. However, 77 of the horses will be cataloged in Book 1 as hip numbers 5001 through 5032 and in Book 2 as hip numbers 5033 through 5077.
The Book 1 horses, which will be stabled in Barn 9, will sell on Monday evening, Nov. 8, immediately following the conclusion of the auction’s first session and the sale of hip 241. The horses in Book 2, which will be stabled in Barns 48 and 49, will sell on Thursday evening, Nov. 11, immediately following the conclusion of session four and the sale of hip 1284.
“This announcement is bittersweet,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor. “It has been a great ride with these guys. They are perennially among the leading breeders in the nation and their formula for success just keeps producing. They buy beautiful mares that produce beautiful foals that win at the highest levels. I hope other Taylor Made customers step up and buy these mares. There is unlimited potential in this group.”
Gulf Coast bred, campaigned, and/or purchased dual classic winner Thunder Gulch, grade I winners Henny Hughes, Is It True, and Honour and Glory, and grade II winners Kensei, Cowtown Cat, and Salute the Sarge.
“Lance Robinson and Jerry Bailey are well-regarded horsemen who have a great eye for finding young mares and developing them into proven producers,” said Keeneland’s director of sales Geoffrey Russell. “This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for our buyers.”