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In today’s TDN:

Buchanan on the Docket

Jane Buchanan, who currently serves as racing manager for trainer Graham Motion, brings a wealth of experience to the sales scene, and her name will likely appear more frequently on the sales sheets in the future. Buchanan signed the ticket at $190,000 on hip 1467, a son of Bellamy Road.  She was bidding on behalf of a new owner with Motion.

A native of Northern Ireland, Buchanan was brought up in a racing family. Her father breeds and races and her brother is a jumps jockey. After working at Darley operations in England and Ireland, she relocated to the U.S. in 1998, initially working at Juddmonte.  From there, she spent time working with trainers John Kimmel and Wally Dollase, as well as with several track veterinarians. In 2007, she started working with Starlight Racing.

“I helped them with their partnerships and I helped them at the sales and managing their partners and interaction with owners and trainers”, Buchanan recalled Sunday. “I was with them about four years.  And then I realized I could probably do a little more for myself and I wanted to do a little bit more in the bloodstock business. Graham and Anita are very good friends of mine and they needed someone to help them with their stable. They employed me as a racing manager”.

While based in Lexington, Buchanan helps identify potential races for the Motion stable.

“Basically, I read all the condition books for Graham and we’re on the phone numerous times a day, she explained. I line up jockeys, make entries and do nominations”.

At the same time, she is able to focus on her own bloodstock business.

“As a sideline, I have my own bloodstock business and Graham’s been a huge supporter of me and I help him at all the sales now, too, Buchanan said.  Especially with losing Team Valor, we’ve gained a lot of nice new owners. We have more of a presence at the sales now”.

Asked what she looks for in a sales horse, Buchanan quickly said, “A walk, without a doubt”. She added, “I was brought up with Starlight and Frankie Brothers and I don’t think the sire is as important. For us, we’re looking for racehorses, I’m not looking to pinhook right now, and I just think the horse has to be an athlete. I take the pedigree into  consideration for sure, but I’ll buy more on how athletic the horse is, as opposed to pedigree”.

The colt she purchased Sunday fits the bill, according to Buchanan. “The Bellamy Road had one of the best walks in the sale”, she said.

Echoing the sentiment of many, Buchanan termed the market at Keeneland, Avery strong.

“We were here for Book 1, she continued. We were looking for nice colts, for nice two-turn Derby colts, like everyone else is. I think the Bellamy Road has all the credentials and I was quite surprised we were able to get him for what we got him for. We can get a little closer to them in Book 2, but it’s still tough”.

Of her plans for the future, Buchanan said, “I’d like to just see where it takes me to. I’d like to do a little bit more at the sales”.

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