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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

Reeves Thoroughbred Homebreds

Mucho Macho Man 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire

 

While perusing social media the other day, I came across a stable update from the Reeves Thoroughbred Racing Team. Amongst the updates on all of their horses, including Mucho Macho Man, there was a note that their mare Miss Suwanee had been retired and was going to be bred to Eskendereya.

 

Excited that one of racing’s newest and most successful racing stables is expanding their reach on the sport from beyond the racetrack and into the breeding shed, I reached out to Mr. and Mrs. Reeves. Below is a transcript of our discussion.

 

** This is not a direct dialog, but rather a recap of our discussion from the notes I took on January 30th.

 

Matt: At what point did you decide to start breeding your own horses?

Mr. Reeves: When I first hired Finn Green. He has had experience with breeding, and we had wanted to move that way long ago. The overall goal was that we wanted our mares to do well on the racetrack and then have the option to move toward breeding.

 

Matt: How does this expansion to breeding effect the future stud plans of Mucho Macho Man?

Mr. Reeves: Macho will hopefully become a sire of sires. Given the success of Macho Uno, we hope that Macho can expand our options for the breeding of our mares by trading the breeding rites of Macho for other stallions.

 

Matt: So you plan to own the exclusive breeding rights to Mucho Macho Man, in a similar fashion to the way Ken Ramsey owns Kittens Joy?

Mr. Reeves: No, we don’t have the intention to keep Macho exclusive; we simply don't have enough mares. When you look at the operation run by Mr. Ramsey, he has the means to support a top stallion with his own extensive broodmare band. We don’t own a farm or the infrastructure to support that level of stallion ownership. Macho will go to a farm, but we will keep a percentage of the breeding rights for our own use.

 

Matt: Do you plan to expand your broodmare band, or just breed the fillies/mares you race in the Reeves' silks?

Mr. Reeves: We always want to race our mares first. We want to keep no more than 3-5 broodmares at a time, but we like to keep our options open depending on how our mares do on the track or in the breeding shed. We can always exercise the ability to sell our current broodmares, and supplement our breeding stable when our racing mares are ready to be retired. We want to do the best thing for our horses.

 

Matt: How did you decide on Eskendereya?

Mr. Reeves: Two reasons. First, Finn really liked the conformation of Eskendereya yearlings at the sales this year. Second, I really liked the horse after he won the Fountain of Youth. He was a nice strong colt that could go the distance with the speed. I really thought he was special. He was my Derby pick that year. When it came time to decide for Miss Suwanee, Finn and I both liked the option as a sire. The True Nick didn't come up as good as we hoped, but that’s only a small piece of the puzzle. We also have a good relationship with Taylor Made.

 

Matt: Does this mean that Taylor Made is a likely destination for Mucho Macho Man in 2015?

Mr. Reeves: The final stud plans for Macho are open for discussion. However, at this time we are still focused on a racing career and want to find the best races for him in 2014. A stud deal can be struck at any time, but at this point in time we’re not looking beyond this racing season.

 

Matt: Macho Uno has sired 4 horses either out of Mr. Greenly or Gone West mares and 3 have raced, won, and one of which is stakes placed. This bodes well with a future meeting between Mucho Macho Man and Miss Suwanee. How do you feel about the option of breeding Mucho Macho Man to Miss Suwanee or any of your other mares?

Mr. Reeves: Macho will get first look at the mares, and then we can decide. We’re trying to keep our options as wide as possible, but as I mentioned, racing in 2014 is the first priority.

 

Matt: Where will Miss Suwanee reside during her pregnancy and when she delivers her foal? Will the foal be Georgia Bred?

Mr. Reeves: She will remain at Taylor Made. It will be the best place for her this year, and we want what is best for her and the foal. We do wish that Miss Suwanee raced another year, but she was having some nagging issues. It was best to retire her. This year’s breeding will be a trial run for 2015. She left Florida bound for Kentucky today.

 

Matt: Do you want a filly or colt?

Mr. Reeves: I have no preference. You just want them to come out with good knees and no crooked legs. However, Patti is excited because it’s like having a baby. She is already making plans for next winter when Miss Suwanee is ready to give birth.

 

Matt: You and Patti are some of the largest promoters for bringing horse racing to Georgia. What does a breeding operation mean for your continued push to bring racing to the state?

Mr. Reeves: We hope to show what the industry can bring to Georgia. We have a friend that has Georgia bred racehorses from top sires, and we hope that an increased exposure of the sport to the state will help push for the legalization of racing.

 

Matt: Where do you intend to send the horses when they’re ready for training?

Mr. Reeves: Our homebred horses are planned to go to Kathy [Ritvo]. We have a great team. Kathy always participates with us in sales, and she has lots of influence with our purchase of new mares. We want black-type caliber horses that will increase the value of mares under her care. Kathy is always involved.

 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing mares

Miss Suwanee (Mr. Greenly – Lindy Wells by A.P. Indy

Billboard Babe (Johannesburg – Downtown Blues by Seattle Song)

Gadget Girl (More than Ready – Rough Water by Stormin Fever)

Allyallyincomefree (Unbridled’s Song – Emmalee by Smart Strike)

 

I would like to thank Dean Reeves for his time to discuss this topic with me. His approach of race first, breed second is wonderful. The entire Reeves’ team are true sportsmen (and sportswomen) in that they want to see out the full potential of their horses on the track and then follow that with providing every chance of success in the breeding shed. The industry needs more owners like them, and I am lucky to call them my friends.

 

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Older Comments about Reeves Thoroughbred Homebreds...

Nice pedigree's on his mares. Best of luck to them, they are great for this sport.
Interesting and informative article, Matt! Really enjoyed reading it.
Great article,great people who want what is BEST for their horses and racing!
Great article,great people who want what is BEST for their horses and racing!
I like the bloodlines of both
Florida, i will still say it. What they do with their racing operation,no matter how you slice it is buisiness driven. What impressed me the most,and showed the mans Class and Loyalty. While many here and through the media were screaming for the head of Kathy Ritvo,and imploring Reeves to go with Todd or many other top Trainer. Reeves stuck by her,i applaud that. Actions are sure louder than words.Unless i know them personally, i rarely root for anyone in particular. What Reeves has exemplified with his people skills. I will root for him every day of the week.
As you stated, Matt, the industry needs more owners like the Reeves. I'm very excited to see how their mares do on the track and then in the breeding shed. I was really hoping they would find a way to stand Mucho Macho Man in Georgia immediately, but maybe that wish can become reality later on down the road.
Great piece Matt. The Reeves are great for this sport.
Sorry The mare is Dixie Band Bull by Holy Bull. This filly is part owned by the Sivo's who are part owners of MMM.
A breeder they have been associated with for years Carole Rio and her husband who bred MMM, have a new filly by Shackleford out of Dixiebandland(by Holy Bull).
20 classic points on the dosage of that Eskendereya colt!

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Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 

 

Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 

 

I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   

 

The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings.