Tony Bowling

Tony Bowling

Anne M. Eberhardt

Bowling Has New Venture, New Partner

Tony Bowling is “All In” for the 2009 2-year-old in training sale season. The Ocala, Fla.-based pinhooker has left long-time partner Bobby Dodd and has formed All In Sales agency.

Bowling said he and fellow Ocala pinhooker David McKathan of M & H Bloodstock have purchased about 48 yearlings -- about 20 more than Bowling bought in 2007 -- for about $2.7 million with plans to reoffer their stock as juveniles.

Bowling and McKathan have been signing sales tickets as M&B Bloodstock. Together, they purchased 12 horses for $409,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale.

The yearlings purchased by Bowling and McKathan will be divided and resold in the two men’s consignments next year.

“I believe when everyone is standing around with their hands in their pockets, that’s the time to buy horses,” Bowling said. “I think things will be better in the general economy by spring, and I think things will be better in this business by spring.”

Bowling believes the 2008 yearling market, which underwent a substantial price correction, has presented some great buying opportunities.

“I’m getting more value for my dollar than I’ve ever gotten in my life,” Bowling said. “That’s why my gut tells me to keep going.”

Bowling and Dodd pinhooked horses together for about 25 years. Dodd’s specialty is pinhooking weanlings to yearlings, while Bowling excels at preparing yearlings for 2-year-old sales.

 Together they sold stakes winners such as, Music Merci (gr. I), Saratoga County (UAE-I), sire Valid Expectations( gr. III), and Hesabull (gr. II).

“It’s been a great relationship and a very good, long run. Bobby’s like a brother to me,” Bowling said. “Bobby and I will still do things together, just not with the 2-year-olds. He’s one of my best friends in the world. It’s just a matter of doing different things.”