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Partnerships Pave Way

Since its inception in 2008, SF Bloodstock has steadily risen to the upper echelon of North American racing and breeding, with much of its success owed to horses purchased at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Among the most prominent horses purchased at Keeneland by the entity headed by Tom Ryan and its broad roster of partners have been classic winner Authentic, Grade 1 winners Eight Rings and Charlatan and Grade 2 winner Spielberg.

The SF racing model continues to produce classic horses and what a great thing that is for our game. Their whole team is to be commended for unprecedented results at the highest levels of racing.
John Sikura, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm

It Takes a Team

The SF program primarily revolves around purchasing colts with classic potential that are selected in tandem with the team from Starlight Racing. Among the professional horse men and women who make that happen are Ryan, Gavin Murphy, Henry Field, Caroline Wilson and Michelle Armour, all representing SF, in addition to Frankie Brothers of Starlight, bloodstock agent Donato Lanni and trainer Bob Baffert.

Ryan and Tom
We have a team of people that I can't give enough praise to, that are willing to put their heads together and work tirelessly for the September sale.
Tom Ryan

Healthy Partnerships

In addition to Starlight, SF have partnered with other industry participants including China Horse Club, Coolmore Stud, John D. Fielding, Golconda Stables, Head of Plains Stable, Frederick Hertrich III, Madaket Stables, Robert F. Masterson, Myracehorse Stable, Sienna Farm, Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stable.

starlight racing

When it comes to partnerships, I think they’re very healthy. They're healthy for racing; they’re healthy for commerce in lots of ways. Horse racing is an expensive endeavor. I do feel that you need numbers to accomplish some of the goals that you would like to when you’re entering into this business.
Tom Ryan

Perseverance Pays Off

By the time Day 8 of the 2018 September Sale rolled around, the SF/Starlight partnership was effectively done buying for the year. But Lanni convinced Ryan there was an Into Mischief colt at the consignment of Bridie Harrison, agent for breeder Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, that was worth a look. They fell in love with the colt later named Authentic and bought him for $350,000. That proved most fortuitous as Authentic went on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) and closed out his career with an impressive win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in track-record time at Keeneland. Honored as Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male for 2020, Authentic entered stud at Spendthrift Farm in 2021.

Classic winner AUTHENTIC sells at Keeneland September in 2018 for $350,000

Frankie Brothers, myself and Donato waited until late at night to buy that horse. We had already bought 23 horses that year. He turned out to be the 24th and the most important. He wasn’t necessarily the most obvious, robust, shiny, article, but he was well balanced and light on his feet. He had balance, athleticism and style.
Tom Ryan

Not a Difficult Decision

Bought for $700,000 when purchased from Denali Stud, agent for breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at the 2018 September Sale, Charlatan has lived up to expectations. The Speightstown colt has earned more than $4 million, with victories in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Malibu Stakes (G1) to date. His breeding rights have been sold to Hill ‘n’ Dale.


Keeneland September graduate and multiple Grade 1 winner CHARLATAN
Horses with Charlatan’s immense ability combined with superior pedigree, conformation, depth of female family and star-quality appeal are a very rare commodity.
John Sikura

He was eye-catching and he had an incredible presence. We are long time admirers of Speightstown and were adamant to try and put our hands on the best Speightstown available and we felt like we did. He looks like Speightstown, but a more substantial version of him. It wasn't a difficult decision to make
Tom Ryan

A Precocious Horse

A $520,000 September Sale purchase from Taylor Made Sales Agency, Eight Rings was an early developer, winning the American Pharoah (G1) as a 2-year-old in 2019. The Empire Maker colt bred by WinStar Farm remains in training, with Coolmore Stud having purchased his future breeding rights.

Grade 1 winner EIGHT RINGS
Eight Rings

He was very well made; well balanced. He has lovely style and class. He just really turned out to be a very fancy 2-year-old and we’re just on our way back with him. Hopefully he has another Grade 1 in his arsenal.
Tom Ryan

Pretty Spectacular Physique

Another colt SF has high hopes for before his eventual retirement is Spielberg, the 2020 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) winner who cost $1 million. The Union Rags colt was acquired by SF/Starlight/Madaket from Lane’s End, agent for breeder G. Watts Humphrey, at the 2019 September Sale.

SPIELBERG sells at Keeneland September for $1 million

It was a little bit like picking out of a lineup of Fords and Volkswagens and then along comes a Ferrari. He just had a look: big, beautiful, powerful, athletic and shiny. He’s a pretty spectacular physique. He was our most expensive purchase. We’re looking forward to hopefully more big races down the road with him.
Tom Ryan

Expensive Colt with Potential

A “TDN Rising Star” in his impressive maiden win upon debut, Classier has been sidelined since last fall following an injury but his connections believe the 3-year-old Empire Maker colt could reward them for paying $775,000 when bought from Lantern Hill Farm at the 2019 September Sale. The colt was bred by Mary A. Sullivan.

CLASSIER sells at Keeneland September for $775,000
He may be the most beautiful colt that we've ever bought. He’s got everything in the right proportions. He’s got class in abundance and has incredible balance. He does everything with ultimate ease.
Tom Ryan