US Investors Toast Early Success of New Venture
Written by Paul Vettise
Thoroughbreds and bourbon are synonymous with the bluegrass state of Kentucky and they are now also proving a successful mix in this part of the world for an American investment group.
An initial foray into the New Zealand thoroughbred market by a Kentucky-managed syndicate got away to a flying start this week when its first representative All Black Bourbon (NZ) (Highly Recommended) sparked celebrations with a debut victory at Avondale.
McMahon and Hill Bloodstock manage the Bourbon Lane Stable, which purchased its first draft of youngsters at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sale on behalf of a syndicate backed by Dennis Foster, who has strong ties to New Zealand.
Innovative ways to revitalize racing – from a ‘business leader to watch’
Written by Glenye Cain Oakford
Mike McMahon grew up among Thoroughbreds at one of the racing game’s most storied venues, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. But it was a trip with his father to the Bluegrass that convinced him Thoroughbred racing and breeding could offer him a world of career opportunities.
Barrels of Fun
Horsemen Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill expand into bourbon
MIKE McMAHON AND JAMIE HILL have always had a taste for horses and bourbon. Both hail from
families with pedigrees in Thoroughbreds: Mike’s parents own McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds while Hill’s were the co-owners of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The younger generation formed McMahon & Hill Bloodstock in 2001 and less than a decade later inaugurated the racing
syndicate Bourbon Lane Stable and the pinhooking syndicate Spruce Lane. All of their runners are given names that include the word “bourbon,” so it is no shock that McMahon and Hill have also decided to get into the business of spirits.
Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill interviewed by the BBC:
BBC World Service – Horses for Courses
After the nearly $1million sale of the 2015-2016 Spruce Lane Pinhook yearling colt by Shamardal, Mike and Jamie were interviewed by Susie Emmett of the BBC. The interview was broadcast Saturday on the BBC World Service radio network as part of the original documentary, “Horses for Courses”. This was the first horse McMahon and Hill had ever offered for the Spruce Lane Pinhook in Europe.
There will be one more broadcast around the world. 9:00am EST, Thursday March 30th, 2017. The BBC’s partner station’s will also re-broadcast, including National Public Radio in the USA, ABC in Australia and Radio New Zealand. Click here to find a NPR Member Station near you. If you miss the live broadcast you can find and listen to the documentary online on the BBC World Service Documentary webpage: Click this link to listen to the documentary online.
TCA to Honor Bourbon Lane Stable and The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program
Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Bourbon Lane Stable with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 26th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.