Stallion Syndication/Management: Being a lawyer certainly helps when negotiating a deal, or creating a syndicate agreement that benefits the key stakeholders, but selection of the “right” horse is the key to having success in the stallion business. After that, mare recruitment and selection, and advertising can play a key role in successful stallion management. Additionally, always keeping your eye on driving the asset price upward to create selling opportunities can be very important when you are lucky enough to get the stallion that “hits.” Stallions are like a commodity, and have peaks and valleys in their value, so it’s important to sell in a peak time.
Dialed In :: Doug purchased Dialed in for a partnership that he created, and negotiated the deal to stand him at Darby Dan. He is a G1 winner of the Florida Derby, and was the favorite for the KY Derby. Doug is co-managing DIALED IN’s stud career with Darby Dan. DCTM bought and syndicated Dialed in, placing over 75% of the shares in hands of his clients. He is the leading freshman sire of 2016 as of November 25th, 2016.
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Fort Larned :: Doug is assisting the Whitham family with the future stallion career of Fort Larned. Several farms have already shown a lot of interest in Fort Larned, and while the Whithams’ want to enjoy the racing season, they understand the need to evaluate all options regarding his future stallion career. This Breeders’ Cup champion is at the top of his division and will be a force to be reckoned with in all the top races this summer. The ultimate goal is to attempt a repeat of the Breeders Cup Classic. Only one horse, TIZNOW, who Doug was also involved with, has accomplished a Breeders Cup classic double.
Harlan’s Holiday :: Harlan’s Holiday, who Doug helped move from Airdrie to WinStar farm after he started his management company, continues to impress. Shanghai Bobby won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and went on to be named Champion 2YO of 2012. Harlan’s Holiday’s fee was increased from 25,000 to $35,000, thanks to the success of his runners this year, led by Shanghai Bobby. It was just 2 years ago that Doug negotiated the purchase and relocation of Harlan’s Holiday.
Shackleford :: Doug represented owners Mike Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge as they negotiated and drafted a deal with Darby Dan Farm to stand Classic winning Shackleford. Doug also assisted in drafting the Syndicate agreement, and continues to represent the original owners interests as Shackleford successfully launches his stud career.
Doug is also active in managing the stallion careers of American Lion and Colonel John. Colonel John was the leading first year sire, with an average of over 100,000. Doug’s client, Bill Casner, raced Colonel John to multiple G1 wins, including the Travers Stakes. Bill still owns a significant interest in Colonel John, and has bred about 14 mares to him each year that he’s been to stud.
Leading Sire Distorted Humor who has sired over 100 Stakes Winners