Services

Gainesway is well known throughout the Thoroughbred industry for providing our clients with first-rate services.  Our horsemanship, knowledge and customer service have brought continued success to all facets of our operation.

We can help you choose the horse(s) that fit your program and board them at our historic facility in the world-renowned Bluegrass region of Lexington, Kentucky. We will also prepare and sell your horse for you at sales in Kentucky and Saratoga, New York.

Let us take this one step further. We offer our expertise in selecting the mating that best suits your mare's pedigree and conformation to produce a potential runner or prospective sale horse. Our pedigree experts can assist in choosing the right mare to breed to that stallion you hold in such high regard.

Service at Gainesway is continuous from the beginning to end. Our goal is that our clients are pleased and content with the care of their horses and investments.

Sales Representation

If you are looking to sell yearlings, weanlings, or mares you want a consignor with a proven track record of selling stakes winners. For decades, Gainesway has been raising and prepping horses of the highest caliber. Over the past few years Gainesway consignments have produced dozens of important stakes winners, including Champion and Breeders' Cup winner My Miss Aurelia (G1), international millionaire Zaidan (G1), multiple G1 winners Midnight Lucky and Zazu, Breeders' Cup contender Jimmy Creed (G1), Test victress Sweet Lulu (G1), millionaire Paddy O'Prado (G1), and millionaire Noble's Promise (G1). In 2014, Gainesway sales have already produced six Graded stakes winners.

Our experienced team can handle all aspects of the sales process. The Gainesway Team expertly advises owners which sale would best suit their yearlings. The team’s wealth of experience in preparing horses for sale and aggressively marketing the horses gets the most out of our clients’ investment. Led by Michael Hernon and Brian Graves, the yearling team’s attention to detail assures that Gainesway clients receive top-drawer service, both on the farm and at the sales.

Gainesway offers the industry’s most exclusive pedigrees, from our own stock and for our clients, to yearling, weanling and broodmare buyers the world over. We consign to all the major Yearling and Mixed Sales in Kentucky, as well as to the Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale. We are very selective in building our consignments, which results in Gainesway ranking among the very top consignors worldwide by percentage of horses sold.

In 2014, Gainesway is the nation's third-leading consignors of yearlings and short yearlings, with gross sales of $22,408,000, and 86% of all yearlings consigned sold. At the 2014 Kentucky mixed sales, Gainesway once again achieved over $1-million in gross sales, selling 13 of 14 broodmares, and 3 of 3 horses of racing age, an outstanding ratio of 94%. 

Last year, Gainsway ranked fourth along all Thoroughbred consignors overall, with more than $36,000,000 in gross sales. We led the nation in percentage sold (91%), with the fewest RNA's by far of any consignor offering at least 200 horses. At the yearling sales, Gainesway was the leading consignor by average ($178,300) and median ($115,000) of all consignors selling at least 60 yearlings. Among yearling consignors overall, Gainesway ranked third by gross receipts ($26,566,700).

If you are looking to purchase a mare, weanling, yearling or two-year-old in training, look for a consignor with a track record of selling stakes winners. Gainesway has a long history of prepping and/or consigning quality horses, like Eclipse Champions Informed Decision, Bird Town, and Orientate, Eclipse Finalists Classic Jewel, Noble's Promise, and Paddy O'Prado, and additional recent Grade 1 winners Afleet Express, Lady Sprinter, Showing Up, Dimitrova, Sky Mesa, and Sarafan. We never lose sight of the idea that every future foal, weanling or yearling is a potential stakes-winning graduate. Our reputation has been built upon our success, and we know that every Gainesway graduate is responsible for carrying that reputation into the future.

The thrill of watching our Gainesway graduates succeed on the race track is a reward we are proud to celebrate with our clients.

Sales Preparation

Our sales team is well versed in both modern and traditional aspects of preparing a Thoroughbred for public auction. Our guide to proper nutrition, grooming and exercise promotes a quality sales horse that will entice any buyer to return for another look.

Gainesway has a history of prepping and/or consigning quality horses like Champions My Miss Aurelia, Informed Decision, Bird Town, and Orientate; Champion Finalists Careless Jewel, Noble's Promise, and Paddy O'Prado; recent G1 winners Midnight Lucky, Sweet Lulu, Jimmy Creed, Zazu, Zaidan, and Afleet Express. To us, every future foal, weanling and yearling is a potential stakes-winning graduate. We keep this goal in mind even after the hammer falls, the ticket is signed and the horse leaves our care.

In 2014, we are keenly aware that our Sales Program has already produced six Graded stakes winners: Humana Distaff (G1) winner Midnight Lucky, Preakness (G1) contender Ring Weekend (G2), multiple Graded winners Coup de Grace (G2) and Aurelia's Belle (G3), Canadian Derby (G3) victor Edison, triple stakes winner Street Story (G3), as well as Champion and Ballerina (G1) runner-up My Miss Aurelia and stakes winner/Test S. (G1)-third Little Alexis, who was bred, raised and sold by our program.

Boarding

We offer year round boarding services for mares and foals. Gainesway is home to an excellent broodmare band as well as those mares which are here only during the breeding season. To produce superior quality athletes, our experienced team, led by Broodmare Manager Johnny Slugantz, follows a meticulous program. From breeding a mare, to the moment a foal is born, to the weanling process and beyond, our emphasis is on personalized care and attention. Our philosophy is to achieve our clients' goals either to produce a successful sale yearling or to produce a successful racehorse.

Located on some of the finest bluegrass land in Kentucky, Gainesway encompasses over 1,500 prime acres of the former Greentree and Whitney farms, with ample space on some of the most productive land in Thoroughbred history. Yearly soil samples are taken to ensure that the land continues to offer the necessary nutrients for optimal growth and health. This fertile land is second to none in producing top Thoroughbreds and provides convenient access to Bluegrass airport, Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky and premier veterinary facilities.

We are honored that our clients entrust us with the care of their Thoroughbreds and take the corresponding responsibility seriously. Nutrition consultants are utilized year round to promote healthy, balanced, individualized feed programs for each horse and our feed is specially formulated to complement the natural nutrients offered by our land.

We understand that our clients have a tremendous investment in each of their horses, which is why we make it a priority to keep our clients updated on the status of their Thoroughbreds. We have a carefully controlled program of photos and reports scheduled to provide our clients with the most up-to-date health status and progress of their horses.

Regardless of your level of experience in the Thoroughbred industry, please call Neil Howard (General Manager), Michael Hernon (Director of Sales), or Brian Graves (Yearling Manager) at Gainesway and discuss your questions or needs with one of our experienced professionals. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss our array of services and how they might apply to your needs.