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Horse Racing Next Gen: Advisor and Bloodstock Agent Brad Weisbord

by Natalie Voss, Paulick Report

Bradley Weisbord is the American advisor for Al Shaqab Racing and is also an independent bloodstock agent. Weisbord, whose father is Thoroughbred Daily News president and co-publisher Barry Weisbord, has previously served as marketing manager for TDN and the racing/business manager for Ahmed Zayat. He became the COO for Team Valor International in 2011. Weisbord holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in real estate and urban land economics.

Obviously racing is in your genes, but what made you decide that you actually wanted to make your career in the industry?

My dad was very influential in giving me “the racing bug.” I was lucky enough growing up to have a number of roles in the barn and out of the barn. I spent my summers in high school hot walking horses for my godfather Alan Goldberg, and spent the afternoon in the TDN offices learning marketing and business. But I didn’t really know I wanted to do it professionally until my junior year of college; I went on an interview for an internship at Goldman Sachs in real estate investment banking. I spent a few hours there at Goldman, and then I walked out of the interview. I called my dad and said, “I didn’t have any interest in what these guys were talking about. I think I want to come work for you.” I realized that I’d probably make a lot more money in the banking world, but I’d rather have worked in my hobby, which was horse racing.

How did that hands-on experience affect the way you saw the industry?

Having hands-on experience has definitely helped me in my profession now, training and managing horses. I have an appreciation for all of the staff that works with the horses. Also, I was around a lot of horses who eventually had issues, and when my horses pop up with the same issues, I know the recovery time and the process. I’m not just an agent who hasn’t worked with them.

As far as looking at industry issues, I really only worked for one trainer in Alan Goldberg, who had a private veterinarian. They play the game as safely and as positively as anyone I know. No horse gets overmedicated, they’ve never had any major positives, they give their horses time when they need it, they rarely inject anything. They are guys who work for private owners and really play the game the right way. My hands-on experience comes from that, and I’ve seen that that can win races. Will they win at 35 percent? No, they won’t, but they’re going to win the right way and they’re going to win at their 20 percent clip.

How did the international element of your recent positions impact your perspective on racing/bloodstock?

What that showed me is that we don’t need race-day medication to have a business. And I understand that horses in other localities that don’t run on Lasix, do train on Lasix or forms of Lasix—I’m not a fool—but at the end of the day, I don’t believe we need race-day medication to have a successful product.

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