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Great Breeders and Their Methods: Leslie Combs II and Spendthrift Farm

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Leslie Combs II and Spendthrift Farm

By Mary Marshall · Hardcover · 200 pages

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Leslie Combs II and Spendthrift Farm

The life and times of Leslie Combs II can hardly be summarized in one volume. He was a man who changed the face of the Thoroughbred business as an innovator, premier showman, gambler and an astute horseman with a superlative flair for marketing and an affable southern charm. Combs was one of the founding fathers of the modern business and marketing concepts of the Thoroughbred industry.

Combs vaulted himself into the forefront of the Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding industry with a vision and a shrewd business plan. Spendthrift Farm was an original Combs creation whose roots began with the purchase of 127 acres in 1937. By the early 1960s, Spendthrift Farm encompassed more than 4,000 acres.

Some of the greatest horses of the 20th Century called Spendthrift home: Nashua, Gallant Man, Foolish Pleasure, Raise a Native, Majestic Prince, Swaps, Affirmed, Seattle Slew and countless more. Over 160 stallions stood at Spendthrift through the years; 300 stakes winners were bred by Leslie Combs, Spendthrift Farm and in partnership, including the likes of Mr. Prospector, Idun, Gold Digger, Landaluce, Majestic Prince and countless others.

One of Combs' greatest achievements was the expansion of stallion syndication. By forming syndicates of multiple investors, he brought genetic diversity to the breed with a larger pool of mares for his stallions and new marketing strategies for the yearling sales.

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"This is my third foray into the 'Great Breeders' series and easily my favorite. Marshall has an engaging style and uses Leslie's legendary personality to illustrate the magnetism of the man. You can tell why his son would say that when Leslie entertained guests they always left as horse owners. If you think breeding is boring, spend a couple of days with Marshall and Combs - you will enjoy yourself immensely." - Ted Grevelis,


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