Federico Tesio took off for South America, and it was here, riding through regions populated by wild horses, that his appreciation and understanding of the race developed and crystalized into an obsession.
A short while ago the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Annual Survey issued its list of the earth's most admired leaders. In arriving at their personal favourites, in some instances voters reached back well into the history books, while others had a more contemporary look to them.
Any gathering of the International Thoroughbred Breeders Association is bound to embrace an array of searching (not to mention controversial) topics, yet the one that caught everyone's imagination earlier this month in Dublin, was the matter of genetics.
John Berry's commentary on the recent Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast sums up the situation perfectly. The line-up of overseas buyers was dazzling, including WinStar, Spendthrift, John Sikura, Katsumi Yoshida, China Horse Club, Shadwell, and Qatar Racing. Alongside these, dozens of domestic syndicators competed to unearth the future star racehorses, star stallions and star broodmares which will surely graduate from the auction.
In a power-packed day of selling which featured six seven figure weanlings, it was champion Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway) who delivered the biggest punch when selling for $6 million to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Equine during Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.