By now, you may have heard of Kerry Thomas, who I’ve written about before in this space. Kerry is a sports psychologist — for equine athletes. He’s actually a lot more. He’s studied wild horses, understands herd dynamics, and has translated that knowledge — “emotional conformation” — to helping the equine athlete. His company is Thomas Herding Technique, and, No, he’s not a nut. It’s my opinion that his information is valuable to every segment of the industry, from the breeding shed to the racetrack and points in between.
Kerry’s developed his own grading scales of behavior — it’s gobbledygook until you familiarize yourself with his coding. As the founder of a new company, he’s been on a mission publicizing his products. You can see him at tracks, sales, and on the internet — at his website, or on Facebook or Twitter. Below is a 10-minute video of Kerry with Bob Baffert discussing racehorse herd behavior that I found fascinating. Below that is Kerry’s Top 5 prospects from the Keeneland November mixed sale. Did you buy one of them?
Top Five at Keeneland November:
1/ HIP #1431 Colt, P-Type AB(d) = Outstanding Developmental Prospect / Colt
2/ HIP #835 Filly, P-Type Bb(d) = Outstanding Developmental Prospect / Filly
3/ HIP #547 Colt, P-Type ab(d) = Adjutant O.D.P / Colt
4/ HIP #953 Filly, P-Type ab(d) = Adjutant O.D.P. / Filly
5/ HIP #2167 Rare Beauty, Mare P-Type Bb(f) = Outstanding Foundation Prospect / Mare
The following 15 selections are listed in order of appearance:
HIP #529 Filly P-Type B(d) / HIP #798 Mare P-Type B(f) / HIP #826 Filly P-Type ab(d)
HIP #920 Mare P-Type B(f) / HIP #1027 Filly P-Type b(d) / HIP #1150 Colt P-Type ba(d)
HIP #1305 Mare P-Type B(f) / HIP #1483 Colt P-Type Bb(d) / HIP #1793 Mare P-Type A(3+)
HIP #1850 Filly P-Type ab(d) / HIP #2131 Mare P-Type Aa(f) / HIP #2173 Filly P-Type A+(d)
HIP #2200 Colt P-Type B(d) / HIP #2254 Mare P-Type Ab(f) / HIP #2300 Mare P-Type B+(f)