Stablemates Member Profile: Glenn Atkinson

Stablemates member Glenn Atkinson and his wife Courtlann

Though he grew up in Kentucky, it was ultimately Glenn Atkinson’s interest in statistics and numbers that piqued his interest in horse racing. As someone who pursued a career as a CPA, a handicapping book based on numbers got him hooked on the sport. With his wife Courtlann a lifelong horse lover raised around horses, diving into the horse racing industry just made sense.

When Glenn retired in 2016, he purchased two broodmares, beginning his own personal journey into the Thoroughbred industry. He and Courtlann have been breeding their mares ever since, and in doing so have explored both routes with their horses: selling them at auction and keeping them to race.

But joining a racing partnership seemed like the right step to further their involvement in the industry. During a Thoroughbred Owner Conference at the Breeders’ Cup, Glenn and Courtlann had the chance to meet WinStar Farm’s CEO Elliott Walden, who informed them of the opportunity to experience racing at the highest level for a fraction of the cost through Stablemates.

Although this is Glenn’s first year in the syndicate, he has enjoyed the ride, keeping up with the journey the fillies have taken the group on in 2021.

“Stablemates had been on our radar for some time,” Glenn said. “This year we finally got the chance to come aboard.”

From BloodHorse: Shedaresthedevil Holds Off Crystal Ball in Locust Grove

As much as trainer Brad Cox’s arsenal for the Breeders’ Cup will not include two-time Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Monomoy Girl, he still figures to have one of the top contenders in the year’s richest and most important dirt race for fillies and mares.

Once again, Cox’s second Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner put on a demonstration of her grit and speed as Shedaresthedevil  set the early pace and then held off a determined rail bid from Crystal Ball  to take the $400,000 Locust Grove Stakes (G3) by a neck Sept. 18 at Churchill Downs.

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Stablemates Member Profile: Bill & Sharon Reichert

 

Bill & Sharon Reichert with Kenny & Lisa Troutt

Winning the Kentucky Derby is one of horse racing’s greatest feats. But what may rank right alongside winning the Run for the Roses is Stablemate member Bill Reichert’s streak of attending the Kentucky Derby for 46 consecutive years, beginning in 1965.

Along the way, Bill witnessed victories by some of racing’s most revered names: Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, and Silver Charm. While 50 consecutive years of attending the race was his goal, increasing ticket prices prevented that from happening and he decided to end his streak at 45 years.

But as fate had it, the streak would continue one more year. Bill’s first venture into racing partnerships with his wife Sharon (also a Stablemates member) ended up being his ticket to his 46th consecutive Kentucky Derby. The Reicherts had joined Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable, which is credited with pioneering the concept of group ownership within Thoroughbred racing. The stable had a pair of horses running on the Kentucky Derby card, and by a stroke of racing luck, Bill had his ticket to his 46th Kentucky Derby.

The luck doesn’t end there. His 46th Kentucky Derby happened to be WinStar Farm’s first Derby victory, when Super Saver dashed along the muddy rail with Calvin Borel aboard. Less than a year later, the farm launched WinStar Stablemates—then an exclusive fan club experience. Bill and Sharon joined right away.

In 2018, the club transitioned into a syndicate. Having enjoyed the club experience and having been involved in racing partnerships before, it was only natural to stay aboard.

“We’ve been around ever since,” Bill said.

For the Reicherts, nothing compares to the excitement of having a horse in a race. Bill has witnessed a remarkable amount of history beneath the Twin Spires, but watching the fillies in black and gold ranks right up there with his favorite moments in racing.