Another good new race horse owner question hit my desk last week. After recently returning from Kentucky, where buying guides, maps to breeding farms and horse country information is just about everywhere, he couldn't find a good answer anywhere locally...... so here you go.
Many Minnesota breeders and auction sale consignors are happy to sell horses. All you have to do is schedule a visit to their farms. These visits can be most rewarding because buyers can take their time to physically inspect yearlings without competing buyers watching and listening in, as they often do at auctions. The buyers can also see the mare and even the sire of the yearling at many farms. In addition, breeders or selling consignors are often more willing to share honest yearling insights in a private and comfortable farm setting. Many auction buyers take advantage of this prior to actual auctions and I've bought many horses this way.
The following exhibit represents a list from my database of past Minnesota auction sale data. I think it reflects recent and historically significant sellers of yearlings in Minnesota. These are the people to see and talk too. You can contact them directly or if you would like contact information please feel free to message me. Good luck to all.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.