Founded in 1981 by John D. Stuart and Peter C. Bance, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Inc. assists clients in all aspects of Bloodstock Management, including: -Establishment of Goals, Budget and Management plan -Consultation: Breeding, Sales, Purchasing & Racing -Communication with farms, vets, trainers & other professionals -Bookkeeping and administrative support
Our goal is to provide clients the piece of mind that their interests are carefully managed and always put first, however involved the client chooses to be in the operation of the business.
Our office is based at Chanteclair Farm in Midway KY, enabling daily attention to clients breeding stock & layups. chanteclairfarm.com/
Please call or write, if interested in learning how the team at BTSI might be able to assist in the management of your own bloodstock interests.
“I hired John and Peter originally to assist me with the management of my father’s stable (John M. Schiff) in the early 80s. After the sale of those horses by BTSI at Keeneland in 1988, they have assisted me in the day-to-day operations of my own breed-to-race operation. The high point of our operation to date has been breeding and racing Riskaverse, who won the Gl Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Keeneland (after a previous photo finish runner-up effort with our homebred Christiecat), and the Gl Flower Bowl twice! Riskaverse was consigned by Bluegrass for Fox Ridge in November 2005 and sold for $5 million. Being located in New York, I have always felt it was helpful to have a set of eyes and ears in Kentucky where my breeding stock is located. We have enjoyed a long relationship. The folks at Bluegrass have helped me in many ways – breeding plans, buying and selling horses, stallion shares, seasons, racing strategy, market timing, etc. They have been good friends and good advisors.” -Peter G. Schiff, President of Northwood Ventures, owner and operator of Fox Ridge Farm, Inc., which breeds horses to race in New York, and member of NYRA and The Jockey Club.
John Stuart became involved in horseracing in his youth, riding steeplechase races and assisting his mother in reconditioning Charles Town racehorses for futures as hunter/jumpers. After graduating from UVA, his enthusiasm for horseracing led him to a career in Kentucky, where he and fellow Virginian Peter Bance founded BTSI and began advising several racing outfits. Soon enough BTSI would become part owner and manager of its own racing partnerships, our most recent have enjoyed considerable success- Yorktown LLC achieved 52.7% ROI over 2.5 operating years & M2 racing has developed black type status for seven of its twelve race fillies, ensuring profitability for the LLC. BTSI's clients race internationally and in every major US racing circuit, allowing us valuable relationships with top trainers capable of delivering top class results.
“I frankly had a limited knowledge of the racing game and entrusted [BTSI] to assist me with everything from the purchase of horses, to helping with licensing, bookkeeping, designing my silks, and communicating with the trainers. I realize my success has been extraordinary for a first-timer, but I also know that I have been guided by a very professional agency which I can recommend to anyone trying to get into racing.” –Chuck Miller, Chuck Miller Thoroughbreds. Charles D. Miller, the retired CEO of Fortune 500 Company Avery Dennison, retired shortly after a visit to see Silver Charm win the 1997 Kentucky Derby, at which time he also visited some Kentucky farms with John Stuart. After joining in two profitable racing partnerships managed by BTSI, Chuck decided he wanted to own a few racehorses of his own. He wanted residual value and to participate at a high level - and has he ever! His four-filly stable, three of which were purchased privately by BTSI, includes PROSPECTIVE SAINT, 2nd in the Gl Princess Rooney and a multiple stakes winner originally, who was purchased in a Maryland 2yo sale for $40,000. SOMETHINABOUTLAURA, owned in partnership, won the 2006 G2 A Gleam Invitational at Hollywood Park after being purchased out of the February Mixed Sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky. POTRA CLASICA (ARG), originally purchased in Argentina for $50,000, has won three Calder stakes, including the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat. SILVER HIGHLIGHT, was purchased as a maiden and won the $250,000 Wonder Where S. at Woodbine in her first North American start.