Bourbon Lane will offer my first taste of Race Horse Ownership

Bourbon Lane will offer my first taste of Race Horse Ownership
Photo: Candice Chavez/Eclipse Sportswire

My father, in partnership with a couple of friends, owned a few broodmares back in the day. I will never forget how exciting it was seeing a horse that one of them produced on the track. It was a rush, to say the least. The partnership was dissolved many years ago, but my interest in being a horse owner did not. I’m very excited to announce that I have finally committed to dipping my toe into the industry as an owner, by joining the Bourbon Lane Stable 2016 Two-Year-Old Partnership Group. I am beyond excited about the proposition.

Horse racing is in my blood. It’s always been there, and it will forever be there. I’ve done a lot of different things in the industry over the years, but watching a horse that I own, even if only a small percentage, is one thing I’ve longed for. I’ve been talking about doing this more than ever the past few years. Cautious by nature, I really wanted to do my homework going in. Obviously, this is a financial risk. You have to accept that when you sign the check, but through due diligence, I at least feel very good about where my money is going.

Bourbon Lane is run by Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill. A well respected pair in the bluegrass, McMahon and Hill are experienced, but still hungry. They’ve certainly compiled a solid track record (their stats are impressive), but have yet to enjoy that one big horse that would make Bourbon Lane a household name. They are smart guys who know the business -- I can’t help but to wonder if my partnership, this partnership of a trio of two-year-olds of 2016, will be the one that catches lightning in a bottle. It cannot be expected, I know, but the dream of such is exactly what this is all about.

There are many great partnerships out there, but I went with Bourbon Lane for a variety of reasons. They offer a fair and square deal for the small-scale investor, like myself. No markups on purchases, and McMahon and Hill are in on the investment of each partnership. You know they pour everything they have into making sure each partnership is a success. They believe in a three-horse offering, which is not too big, but defrays risk, and since they are good at what they do, chances are you will have at least one runner in the group. Finally, they are strong supports of after care for their runners. If you know me at all, you know how important this is to me.

As for the partnership I will be joining this spring, two of the three juveniles are already picked out and purchased. A colt (Harlan’s Holiday—Uninhibited Song, by Unbridled’s Song), and a filly (Mission Impazible—Kettie’s Sister, by More Than Ready). I will be writing more about both of them soon, and the third and final purchase of the partnership, as well, but suffice it to say, I really like what I see in the first two.

Who knows, maybe this partnership will include the next Bourbon Courage, a personal favorite of mine, or maybe another Bent on Bourbon type. They were both Derby winners. No, it wasn’t the one on the first Saturday in May, but who wouldn’t want to watch their horse win the Super or Iowa Derbies?

I hope you will follow along on these pages as I chronicle my new adventure, and who knows, maybe it will give you the last push needed to do it yourself. Let the dream begin!

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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