Ali and Brandon made their first investments together as a newly formed team in the fall of 2009. They scraped up $12,000 to purchase two pin-hook prospects with plans of offering them at the 2010 April OBS juvenile sale. That spring, their Limehouse colt (Humble and Hungry), that they bought for $7,000 in October, breezed in 20 4/5 seconds and went on to sell to Bob Feld agent on behalf of Sagamore Farm for $200,000. Their filly by During breezed in 10 1/5 seconds and sold for $12,000 to Thor-bred Stables LLC. Humble and Hungry not only gave the couple a beautiful debut consignment, but has also run on to be a sound, competitive winner and graded stakes placer. He made his debut in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf finishing 3 ½ lengths behind Pluck. More recently, he won the G3 Commonwealth Turf and finished second in the G2 Dixie Steaks at Pimlico.
The couple brought their talents, resumes, and contacts into their second season together and were able to purchase five pin-hook prospects for themselves, and have two new clients entrust their Thoroughbred investments with them for the 2011 season. Leasing the southern division of Woodside Ranch to accommodate their young business, they were able to train another session topping graduate who sold for $275,000 in the 2011 OBS April Juvenile sale. The War Front – Tappin For Gold filly breezed in 10 1/5 seconds, galloped out very well, looked fantastic on a shank and managed to more than triple their client’s initial investment.
Ali and Brandon couldn’t be happier with their results for the first five seasons, but most importantly they are thrilled to have each other as teammates in life. As they enter their sixth season, they’re filled with excitement for who might be the next big horse in their barn, and for whom might entrust them to start and train their Thoroughbred investments.
The couple will be shopping the upcoming yearling sales and looking for more investment opportunities together. They are ready to accept more horses into their program and understand that it takes time and considerable effort to build working relationships and have people offer them opportunities to grow.
Read more about Brandon and Ali on the website: http://www.ricehorse.com/about.html