By Kelsey Riley
Original Article posted by Thoroughbred Daily News
Most Irishmen that go to Kentucky didn’t plan to stay there.
And yet, the story seems to be ripped from a template that is repeatedly recycled: they knew someone working on a farm there and decided to go for six months to a year. And then made it another year. Then 10 or 20 more. Many end up staying their whole lives.
Dr. Michael Hore may have followed a well-trodden path from his birthplace in County Wexford to Lexington, but in the ensuing 15 years he has set himself apart as one of the Thoroughbred industry’s most renowned veterinary surgeons with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. And while he serves an admittedly privileged list of clients, it would be hard to look past the buying team of SF Bloodstock and its partners as being among the tops. The group controls three of the best colts of their generation in the recent GI Arkansas Derby winner Charlatan (Speightstown), unbeaten GII San Felipe S. winner Authentic (Into Mischief) and six-length GI American Pharoah S. winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker), and Dr. Hore was a key member of the selection team that left all three colts on the shortlist at Keeneland September two years ago, and Justify on the list two years before that.
Unshakably humble, Dr. Hore is quick to insist that he is privileged to be able to learn from the SF team, and he credits the opportunities of his adopted homeland for putting him in the position to work alongside them.