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Kerry Thomas is a pioneer of equine athletic psychological research and Herd Dynamics. He created emotional conformation profiling, which measure’s the mental and emotional capacities of the equine. Emotional Conformation is the study of Emotional Intelligence; measuring the psychological athlete for Trainability, Behavioral Genetic Traits, Aptitude are key. There's a difference between being athletic and being an athlete; Herd Dynamics matter.
Thomas’ theories on herd dynamics and equine communication have applications in all equine disciplines. His first book Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes released in April 25th, 2012, continues to grow in international favor and popularity. Kerry continues to advance his research as can be noted by his ongoing blog writing, and a second book is planned for the future.
Thomas made the breakthrough discovery that it was mental/emotional makeup of the horse, and not the physical, that governed the dynamics of the herd. With an understanding that this was the foundation of the equine reality, no matter the breed of horse or career choices we as people make for them, an entire new world became visible.
Focusing on this research, Thomas began to identify ways in which horses could be mentally conditioned toward a given goal. He has spent more than 18 years streamlining his unique system of evaluations and developing herd dynamic analysis. In 2008 he officially took the leap of faith and created THT Bloodstock. Kerry’s pioneering work in herd dynamics has brought THT Bloodstock international attention, with clients in both hemispheres.
Teaming up with now THT Director of Equine Services & partner, Pete Denk, THT's international popularity continues to grow from sales to trouble-shooting underachievers, where profiling “who the horse is” in all of their unique character traits and tendencies helps clients at sales as well as assessing underachievers.
Thomas’ work in the field of equine behavioral genetics has pioneering applications in all the sport horse industries, but Thoroughbred Racing embraces the most of his efforts owing to his intensive study of Herd Dynamics & Behavioral Genetic Sequencing. Exciting new efforts are currently being made into the study of how emotional stress affects physical performance.
Considered by many the “Money Ball” approach for horse racing, Kerry moves forward with the belief that “the economics of behavior, simply makes sense.”
A few High-Lights:
*Kerry was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Friday, May 1st 2015
*Kerry is often contacted for quotes and Derby thoughts by the LA Times etc..
*Kerry is a board member of Quest Therapeutic Services in West Chester Pa.
*Kerry help found the Octorara HS Equestrian Sports team
*Co-Founder of Triple R Gold equine supplement
*Kerry writes a column for Past The Wire; 'Kerry's Corner'
Pete Denk graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in communications and is an award-winning journalist. He worked for Thoroughbred Times from 2005 to 2011 and was the Auctions Editor for his final three years at the Lexington Publication. In addition to heading up THT's Bloodstock Division, Pete produces many of THT's reports including the annual Kentucky Derby Analysis.
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Eric Reed is a lifetime horseman from a family of horsemen. His father Herbert trained for over 40 years, apprenticing under the guidance of Mack Miller. Eric has trained since 1983 and has grown up with horses his entire life. In 1986 Native Drummer provided Eric his first stakes win in the Forego Stakes at Latonia. He continues his success at tracks across the country. Highlights from his career as a trainer include winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs with Rich Strike in 2022, the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland with Satan’s Quick Chick in 2009 and coming within a neck of beating Zenyatta with the filly, Rinterval in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) in 2010.
Eric’s love for the horse is second to none, and he takes a special interest in yearlings and two-year-old horses, having developed many good young horses over the years. He had a goal of opening a place like Mercury and thanks to hard work and great clients it has become a dream come true. In developing the facility, Eric was able to pull from his experience over the years and give Mercury all the tools to be a first-class equine center for all horses. He wanted the facility to offer full services not only to his owners but to other trainers needing specialized services and sales consignors needing yearling sales prep.
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Graham was born in Cambridge, England in May 1964 and raised at Newmarket’s Herringswell Manor Stud which was operated by his parents Michael and Jo.
Michael was an international bloodstock agent and North American representative for Tattersalls, the British bloodstock sales company. Jo rode as an amateur in England and took care of the 1951 (Aintree) Grand National winner Nickel Coin before becoming an assistant trainer in the United States. Jo now owns and operates the popular Middleburg Tack Exchange in Virginia. The family relocated to the States in 1980 where Graham attended and graduated from Kent in Connecticut.
After graduating from Kent School in Connecticut, Graham began working for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. During his six years at Sheppard’s Ashwell Stable, Graham traveled extensively with four-time Eclipse award winning steeplechaser Flatterer. This was followed by time with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France. It was there that Graham met his future wife Anita (nee Hall), who was working at the time for Alain de Royer-Dupre.
Returning to the United States in 1990, Graham went to work as assistant to Bernard (Bernie) P. Bond at Laurel Park in Maryland. On Bernie’s death in 1993, two of Bond’s owners elected to leave their horses with Graham, who subsequently took out his trainer’s license. He called his operation Herringswell Stables after his childhood home. The stable won 21 races that first year, three of them stakes with Gala Spinaway.
Graham, Anita and chief assistant Adrian Rolls moved the operation from Laurel Park to Fair Hill Training Center in Northeast Maryland in 2002. Two years later, Bushwood Stables’ Better Talk Now thrust the whole team into the international spotlight with his win in the 2004 John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf at Lone Star Park. During his remarkable career, Better Talk Now took his connections to Japan and Dubai. “Blackie” retired in 2009 with earnings in excess of $4,000,000, and lived out his days at Fair Hill with his pal Gala Spinaway.
Among the many highlights in the years since have been more Breeders’ Cup victories – including Shared Account in the Filly & Mare Turf in 2010 and Main Sequence in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Main Sequence finished 2014 as a dual Eclipse Award winner, named Champion Male Turf Horse and Champion Older Male. Main Sequence returned to Fair Hill still lives there today.
Shared Account’s talented daughter, Sharing, joined her dam, sire (Speightstown) and grandsire (Pleasantly Perfect) as Breeders’ Cup winners with her victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in 2019. Bred by Sagamore Farm, she was named Maryland-bred 2-Year-Old Filly Champion for 2019. In 2020, she won Churchill Downs’ Tepin Stakes before shipping to Royal Ascot for the Coronation Stakes-G1 where she was a gallant second to some of the best mares in international racing. Before retiring at the end of 2020, she also won the Edgewood Stakes-G2 and was second in the American Oaks-G1. She headed into her next career as a broodmare with statistics of 9-5-1-2 and $1,092,751 earned.
In 2011, Graham’s name was recorded in the history books as the trainer of a Kentucky Derby winner when Animal Kingdom stormed down the Churchill Downs stretch to win the 137th renewal of America’s premier race. Two years later, Animal Kingdom added more luster to his trainer’s resume with a win in the Dubai World Cup. Animal Kingdom was awarded the Eclipse Award for champion 3 year old in 2011. Already a success in the breeding shed in Australia and the United Stakes, he was sold to Japanese interests and now stands at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.
As of the beginning of 2024, Graham has celebrated over 2,700 victories with purses earned in excess of $150 million. He is represented by strings at Palm Meadows Training Center and Tampa Bay Downs in Florida each winter.
Graham and Anita serve on several charitable organizations including Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Thoroughbred Charities of America, National Museum of Racing, Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) and The Retired Racehorse Project.
Long-time leaders in aftercare, Graham and Anita have sent numerous OTTBs to Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton in nearby West Grove, Pa., for second careers in three-day eventing. Leading the way was the immensely popular Icabad Crane, voted America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred at the Retired Racehorse Project in 2014. In training with Phillip at this time are Sea Of Clouds (by Malibu Moon) and the young Union Rags gelding, Lincoln’s Address. Both horses are competing successfully and are very highly regarded as top international prospects.
Graham is also a board member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and is a director on the Fair Hill Training Center Board.