Maybe not to the extent of great American pioneers like Albert
Einstein, Henry Ford or the Wright Brothers, but my money is on Kerry Thomas,
who I believe will revolutionize the thought process of breeding and purchasing
thoroughbred race horses, and is poised to start a racing partnership much
different from all others.
"The only way to change the direction of the future is to
redirect the thought processes that manage the direction..."
- Kerry M. Thomas
Kerry M. Thomas, the founder of Thomas Herding
Technique (THT) and author of Horse
Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes is recognized
by many around the world as a pioneering researcher and service provider in the
field of Equine Athletic Psychology. Upon meeting Kerry and listening to him
explain that it is the Emotional (not
Physical) Conformation of a horse that
governs the herd dynamics (think in
terms of a race), one cannot help but sense this gentleman is a diamond in the
rough, ready to revolutionize how yearlings and 2-year-olds at auction are
valued for those seeking the next Secretariat, Seattle Slew or Citation.
It’s been 33 years since thoroughbreds Triple Crown has been
captured. For at least the past quarter century, breeders and owners have been
fixated by SPEED instead of STAMINA. The latter is the key to breeding a runner
who can get the classic distance (10f) and beyond. Enter Kerry Thomas and the THT, the only organization who possess the ability to look into the heart and
mind of a thoroughbred. With apologizes to Simon Cowell, I refer to as “The
X-Factor”. Thomas can answer the question no other bloodstock agent can, “How far can this horse run?”
Throughout 2013, Peter Denk,
Director of Equine Services at THT, who covered 2-year-old sales (2005-2010)
for Thoroughbred Times, absorbing
valuable insight from a vast number of buyers, sellers and sales officials will
accompany Kerry at yearling and 2-year-old in training sales across North
America. While the vast majority of buyers inspect the breeding, physical
traits, and time trials, Kerry will perform his craft by “reading” the heart
and mind of the thoroughbreds, to determine their distance aptitude (aka
ability to run the Derby distance). They’ll purchase those who fit the
Emotional Conformation Profile for investors of the THT partnership.
”It isn’t the value written on the horse’s
paperwork that sets them apart, but rather the value found within their
- Kerry M. Thomas
Photo courtesy: Steve Barger
From a breeding standpoint, this year THT will breed to its first
Away Power who Kerry personally spotted as a yearling (2009) in a field
and pointed out to the owner, “This is
the one. She is very special”. She went on to be stakes placed as a 2-year-old,
was later injured and dropped in class and lost via the claiming ranks. An injury
ended her racing career in July 2011. Kerry tracked her down on a farm in New
Jersey and privately purchased her. Her pedigree is far from being stellar, but
her Emotional Conformation and Behavioral Genetics are outstanding.
In 2011 from a catalog of 300 yearlings, Mr. Thomas published a
short list (posted on the Paulick
Report) of those who best fit the THT Emotional Conformation Profile. Here’s
what Thomas noted about the yearling he ranked #1 among all fillies in the sale…
rated filly of the sale was hip 294, by Successful Appeal, out of the
Housebuster mare House of Soviet’s. Donver Stable/Cory Wagner bought hip 294
for $110,000 from Mulholland Farm, agent. We thought this filly had a great
mind. She demonstrated the presence and focus of a high level racemare."
This past Saturday (Jan. 12th) that filly, now named Lady Banks won
Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct. Two days later The
Daily Racing Form reported her connections are setting the Kentucky
Oaks as a long-term goal.
Pretty amazing that Kerry's #1 pick in the sale has so far turned
out to be #1 on the track.
Still not convinced that THT is a racing partnership that has a formula for
success? Then read the 2011
Kentucky Confidential posts based on Kerry Thomas’ analysis of the
Kentucky Derby contenders. Note that each was posted one week prior to the Run for the Roses.
For all those who bought into Hansen, The Factor, and any other past Derby contenders bred for SPEED, you
will be a tough nut to crack, because that’s what all of the partnerships are
buying. But for those with an open mind, do not resist change and welcome
“thinking outside the box”, I suggest you look into THT partnerships, as they
put a premium on mental fitness and the classic mentality.
For more information, feel free to contact Peter Denk at firstname.lastname@example.org.