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Carter Stewart with the Travers trophy
won by Golden Ticket 2012

Diamond M Stable's WAR DANCER wins the Louisville H G3 at Churchill



 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ the LANDALUCE EDUCE STORY

Peter Callahan
Dear Kenny,

Happy New Year!

Before I get to 2013, I wanted to revisit our association over the last seven or so years and, in short, the results are pretty good.

During this period you purchased 17 critters on my behalf and I am happy to report that all but one got to the races, which is job #1. Of the 16 horses, all but two were winners, two are on the verge of making a first start and, of the remaining 12, nine could be characterized as marginal. Some were better than others, and with a touch of good luck here and there they might have moved up a notch or two. While some fell short economically, we did get some psychic income from all the fun we had. Two critters are outliers. Beautician and Scotus have both returned more than 10x their purchase price, which is off the charts. The 3-year-olds of 2013 are unproven so far. Being a cockeyed optimist, I’m hoping that there’s at least one other outlier in the group.

As far as 2013 is concerned, I wish you the best of luck and hope that you win more than 100 races and $5 million. Perhaps one or two of these will be for me.

There are a couple of intangibles in your organization that I really like. One is the staff, which is outstanding. I refer to your training assistants, Alan, Mike and Phillip (in alphabetical order). I also enjoy the transparency that you permit a busybody like me. Finally, I love the comparatively modest level of veterinary expenses incurred by horses in your care.

I wish you all the best,

Peter







Ray Struder

To whom it may concern,

I wanted to be a thoroughbred owner since I was 19 years old. It took me close to 30 years to do it, but during that time I asked quite a few questions at the track. Waiting that long for a dream meant I wanted to ensure I began with a quality trainer and racing operation.

Without saying why I was bring a subject up, I would mention a trainer's name to various people I would meet around the track during those waiting years and just listen to the response. When I mentioned Kenny McPeek invariably the response I received was "he's a good horseman." I could speak to his record, but that is easily found on the Internet these days, so I'll just speak to my personal experience.

When I finally was able to get into racing. I contacted Kenny and told him my goals. He was great working with me and my ultimate desire to purchase only yearling fillies, race them, and eventually establish my own broodmare band for breeding to race. In the last few years, we have had much success. Kenny has picked out every horse I have.

My first horse was Black Type and is now in-foal to Giant's Causeway and will be going to Unbridled's Song. My second horse was a graded stakes winner and just retired will go to Tiznow. My point being, these fillies have established a race record to be accepted by the premier stallions and stallion farms. The younger horses are establishing themselves as quality runners. However, success is not guaranteed and for me it has been more about the experience than the success.

During the first years with Kenny, I spent many days at his barns in
Kentucky and New York and Florida. Every time I was at a barn, I was pleased with the attention and care the horses received. I was at his Saratoga barn every day for an entire meet just observing and learning. No amount of winning or on-track success would be enjoyable if I thought the horses weren't getting the best possible care. Many times over I have seen Kenny and his staff go out of their way to ensure the quality of care of all his
horses.

This single fact has impressed me more than anything and has helped me enjoy all the racing experiences - and the racing experiences have been great!

Getting to visit and race and get to the winners circle at tracks like
Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Saratoga, Gulfstream, etc., and run in the graded stakes races is a truly exciting experience not just for me, but also for friends and family.

I've had many business dealings over the years, and I would consider my working relationship with McPeek Racing to be one of the best I have experienced. Kenny and his staff are always responsive and extremely hard working. This is one business I have no reservations about giving my highest recommendation, and I very rarely ever give a recommendation for any business.

If you would like to talk in person, I will be glad to discuss any items or my experiences in detail.
Cheers,

Ray

Ray Struder
Tennessee Businessman


THE ROSALIND STORY

Good morning Kenny.

This is just for fun and entertainment. I have a story to tell you and I told you a bit of it a few weeks back. I would tell you in person, but I don't know if I will get to see you before we race in Los Angeles and I think you will like it.

First, a brief bit of the back story to put it all in context. I was injured in 1978 and graduated high school in 1980 just like you. However, winters were cold here, the UT college campus was not set up for wheelchairs back then, and there was no public transportation for wheelchairs. However, San Diego had all of these so I moved there in 1981. I had watched horse racing on television but had never attended a race as a youth.

In San Diego, I would ride the city bus up to Del Mar every day during their summer meet and just sit at the saddling paddock and watch the horses and then walk to the rail to see the race. I did this for years. In 1982 a young filly named Landaluce had made a name for herself by winning her first two races at Hollywood Park! She came to Del Mar and I watched her win that day and then subsequently took a short ride the following month up to Santa Anita to watch her win her next race.

She was the first horse I wholly loved as a fan and whose career I would follow daily as much as was possible back then. I had the Daily Racing form delivered to my apartment way back then. She was set to run next in the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park and I was going to skip school to watch her.

She became sick the week before the Hollywood Starlet, but I went anyway and watched the races that day. She never recovered from her illness and died on December 11, 1982. Few things get to me emotionally, but I was surprised how heartbroken I was by her death and especially for a horse I had never met. I would think about her and the two races I saw her race all the time. Following Landaluce's death, she was buried in the Hollywood Park infield in a memorial service. The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBp_uh7W2Dw

Fast forward 28 years to 2010. From my time at Del Mar I always knew I wanted to be in the thoroughbred business at some time, it just took me a while to get there. Anyway, I needed a name for the stable and turned to the horse whom I first loved and always thought about. As you know, Landaluce Educe simply is Latin for Landaluce remembered. So on December 7, Rosalind, will run in the final graded stakes for fillies at Hollywood Park. It is also the final running of the Hollywood starlet which was to be Landaluce's final race.

So Landaluce Remembered Stable will be running in the Final Filly Grade 1 at Hollywood Park's where Landaluce has been laid to rest. Additionally, we will be racing Rosalind who is named for a feisty female character in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It.'

Why? Because Rosalind's dam sire is Theatrical and her dam is Critics Acclaim and her sire is Broken Vow. If you are familiar with the play, all of those tie together. So the Hollywood Starlet just seems logical for Rosalind to get her first Grade 1 win.

Finally, Landaluce's sire was Seattle Slew and I believe you told me his dam was conceived and raised in your Breeding Shed.

The following are a few more facts about Rosalind's races you may already know or just find interesting:

Though she has yet to win a graded stakes race, and this is the one negative to her record, she has placed in every graded stakes she has run which includes one grade 2 and two grade 1's. Sometimes, placing in a graded stakes can be misleading as the fields may be weak, but the following is a very interesting fact which points to strong efforts by her. In every graded stakes she has run, her time has been faster than the corresponding race for the juvenile males over the same track and distance. These are in chronological order.


ROSALIND EQUIBASE PROFILE


AND THE SW FILLY ROSAILIND by Ray Struder

Craig Singer

To Whom It May Concern:

I have used Kenny for about three years to train my horses.  I have always admired Kenny’s ability to place horses where they belonged and to win races.  I have also found Kenny to be honest with his opinions and trustworthy in his dealings.  I gave Kenny four Smart Strike yearlings to look at and choose two that he could train.  One of the two he picked out is a Stakes Winner of over $400,000. 

I would not hesitate to recommend Kenny to train for anyone.

Craig Singer
Founder & Chairman
Tilt formerly Nickels & Dimes, Inc
Carrollton, TX
www.tilt.com




Dean Demaree

To Whom It May Concern:

I have been working with Kenny McPeek for about 7 years as owner of several horses. Kenny has proven to be completely trustworthy in all dealings. His extensive knowledge and experience affords him the ability to make decisions that are beneficial to the horses and the owners. Kenny can be counted on to be very honest and always makes sure you know what is going on with your horse. He is extremely hands-on with all decisions and horses in his care. When buying, he has been able to identify very promising horses and obtain them for a fair price. (And sometimes even a real bargain! Most recently we celebrated a Grade 1 win with Pure Fun, purchased for $22,000). Kenny’s entire staff is professional and friendly. His assistants are very knowledgeable and informative and give great care and attention to detail. I highly recommend working with Kenny and his staff to anyone who gets the opportunity.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Dean Demaree




Rick Greenberg

"For a novice like myself, I have had a rather full experience with McPeek over the past 5 years. He has been there at the sales, training, races, and has been straight and forthright. But what separates him from others has been a unique relationship that opens his farm, his assistant trainers and backside assistance and his racing office to a 24/7 access. I have placed third at the Breeder's cup, seen my mare bred, her foal born and grow up, sold a horse for over a million dollars, and spent wonderful hours at tracks with family and friends just happy to be together watching our horses compete.

As the business has been costly, I have made an effort to both enjoy and check on my stock almost weekly at times. I can say I have not been disappointed with the care and attention given to my horses. It shows McPeek knows his business and runs it well."

Rick Greenberg




Runnymede Farm

Ode to Kenny McPeek from Runnymede

Please use as needed

"Runnymede Farm has had a long association with Kenny McPeek dating back to the 1995 Kentucky Derby when he campaigned Runnymede-bred Tejano Run, the winner of the Breeders Futurity Stakes and a Derby second to Thunder Gulch.  Since that time he has successfully trained numerous Runnymede-breds to graded stakes status, most recently with Rogue Romance (Bourbon Stakes G3 Winner and Breeders Cup Juvenile G1 Show) and Bizzy Caroline (Three Grade 3 wins). Kenny has a unique eye for Thoroughbred racing talent. He Is superb developer of early racing potential and consistently delivers the maximum while looking out for the welfare of the athlete.  His always readily avaiable, candid and frank insights have been invaluable in guiding both our racing program and breeding bloodstock.  We commend him highly to any serious Thoroughbred racing campaigner.

Runnymede Farm

 




Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, LLC


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Being a 25% partner (Ken Schlenker) with Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, LLC, we have been associated with McPeek Racing-Kenny McPeek since 2011. My partner-Carter Stewart (75% partner) was involved in horse ownership in Montana and personally I had never been involved in horse ownership. Carter flew to Lexington and personally met Kenny McPeek and was introduced to Kentucky thoroughbreds. Kenny had a short list of horses that he suggested we purchase and on auction day. We purchased two thoroughbreds, Golden Ticket and Unbridled Minister. Golden Ticket won the Travers Stakes in 2012 and continues to be our leading thoroughbred. Unbridled Minister was injured after winning his maiden and has since retired to a Montana ranch.

We currently own 15 thoroughbred horses purchased through McPeek Racing-Kenny McPeek and could not be happier with the service we have received. McPeek Racing is a first-class operation that we trust and continue to do all our business with. His staff is excellent and everyone is very accessible. We have full confidence in their decisions regarding our "stable".

Myself and Carter Stewart- Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, LLC would highly recommend McPeek Racing-Kenny McPeek in any thoroughbred purchase and training.|

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, LLC

Carter Stewart

Ken Schlenker



Paul Edwards

Dear Sirs,

Kenny McPeek makes horse ownership a turn-key investment. From the care of the horses,book keeping, and making sure owners get great seats he runs a top notch organization. I can tell you from experience that there may not be a better person in the country at picking out value horses at the sales. I have met a lot of great people through his Magdalena partnerships and we have a lot of fun together owning these horses.

Paul Edwards
Jamesville, NY


Rusty Jones

I have brought many partners to Kenny due to his past successes and proven eye for a yearling. We have purchased 12 horses in partnerships and spent over $1,000,000 with a great deal of success overall. We are very grateful to Kenny and his staff for the consistent professional job they do for us. He maintains a young talented group of assistants who follow his racing program which allows them to maintain consistent success. His farm and facilities are a large plus to keeping costs low yet ensuring they get the best of care from not only his staff but the best veterinarians in the world.

Rusty Jones
Turf Stable Racing Manager
Louisville, KY

 

 




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