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Spruce Lane Pinhook

Dynamic partnerships optimizing profitability for our clients

What is pinhooking?

Pinhooking refers to the practice of buying young horses, typically foals or yearlings, with the intention of reselling them later at a higher price for profit. This can involve purchasing horses at auctions or through private sales and then holding onto them for a period of time to allow them to mature physically and potentially improve in pedigree or performance. Pinhookers aim to identify horses with promising potential and strategic opportunities for resale, often leveraging factors such as bloodlines, conformation, and market trends to maximize their return on investment. It's a specialized aspect of the horse industry that requires knowledge of breeding, horsemanship, and market dynamics.

Our Approach

At Spruce Lane Pinhook, we specialize in an annual weanling to yearling pinhook partnership, led by experienced managers Mike and Jamie. With a background in both investment management and the equine industry, we excel in identifying and nurturing promising young thoroughbreds for profitable sales.

Selective Purchasing: We acquire young thoroughbreds from November to January, carefully selecting candidates with exceptional pedigree and physical attributes.

Expert Care: At Spruce Lane Farm, owned by Mike and Natanya McMahon, our horses enjoy optimal conditions for growth and development throughout the winter and spring months.

Strategic Preparation: As summer approaches, our horses undergo rigorous exercise and feeding programs to enhance their athleticism and presentation for upcoming yearling sales.

Profit Optimization: Our goal is to place each horse in a yearling sale where their pedigree and conformation maximize profitability, ensuring a positive return on investment.

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Investment Strategy

Arbitrage Expertise: Leveraging our deep understanding of the equine market, we exploit value discrepancies between weanling and future sales markets, a strategy known as "pinhooking."

Targeted Sales: By strategically placing weanlings in yearling sales that best suit them, we aim to achieve sales prices at or above the average, securing profitable returns.

Capital Growth: With a successful eight-year track record, we continuously increase our capital under management, bolstered by our proven expertise in pinhooking and other trades.

Weanlings as an Asset Class: Weanlings offer a unique chance for portfolio diversification, historically providing high returns with low correlation to other asset classes.

Early Investment Advantage: With our keen eye for talent, we identify elite equine athletes at an early age, positioning investors for significant financial returns.

Market Analysis

Resilience: Despite fluctuations in the general economy, the thoroughbred industry demonstrates resilience, often rebounding swiftly from downturns.

Supply and Demand Dynamics: While foal crop numbers decline, purse structures increase, driving up the cost of thoroughbreds and creating opportunities for savvy investors.

Profit Potential: Our research indicates that a $2.5 million investment can be lucratively sold in the short term, reflecting the robustness of the market.

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219 North Gratz St.

Midway, KY 40347


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