09/16/2016 12:10PM

Boden makes return to the ring

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A week prior to the Keeneland September yearling sale, Charlie Boden announced that he was leaving his post as racing manager and stallion-season sales director for Calumet Farm to reestablish his bloodstock consultancy, Charles H. Boden Thoroughbreds Inc.

Boden leapt right back into the business, purchasing a pair of yearlings during Book 1: a $390,000 Blame colt out of a stakes-placed Empire Maker mare and a $175,000 Pioneerof the Nile filly out of a half-sister to Grade/Group 1 winners Eskendereya and Balmont.

“Keeneland September is the biggest and best array of quality yearlings in the world,” Boden said. “Being able to come here is a treat because it is a great place to buy good stock.”

Boden worked at Calumet for roughly a year after almost a decade as head of sales at Darley’s American operation, overseeing the careers of stallions including Bernardini, Medaglia d’Oro, and Street Cry. Prior to his time at Darley, he worked in the world of bloodstock consulting for almost 20 years, helping to launch Matchmaker Breeders Exchange in 1984 and serving as its executive vice president before eventually going out on his own in 1988.

“I’m hoping that by aligning myself with ambitious clients like Darley and Calumet, I will have plenty to do,” Boden said of his new ventures.