03/09/2018 11:41PM

Radcliffe, Phoenix Thoroughbreds end partnership


Bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe has parted with the fledgling Phoenix Thoroughbreds operation, ending a short-lived but high-profile partnership.

The news was initially reported Friday by The Paulick Report.

Radcliffe was the public face of Phoenix Thoroughbreds at auction, signing tickets under her own Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock, as agent, and answering to the media.

She was also the Northern Hemisphere racing and bloodstock manager for the company, headed up by CEO Amer Abdulaziz Salman, who Radcliffe met about six years ago. The stable’s European horses run for trainer Jeremy Noseda, Radcliffe’s recently separated husband.

The partnership between Radcliffe and Phoenix Thoroughbreds made a big North American debut at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select 2-year-olds in training sale, where they made two purchases totaling $1.55 million.

They continued to make noise at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-olds in training sale, topping the auction with the $1.7-million purchase of Diamondsandpearls, a Congrats filly who broke her maiden with trainer Bob Baffert by 6 1/4 lengths last July before running fourth in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes. She was then sent to England, where she has yet to race.

Radcliffe and the Phoenix operation attacked the 2017 yearling season as well, buying six horses for $3.95 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, including the sale’s co-topper, a $1-million Orb colt. They then spent $6.35 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale, with some of the purchases in partnership with Three Chimneys Farm and owner Eric Fein. The team also made a splash in the broodmare market, landing Grade 1 winner Nickname for $3 million at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky fall select mixed sale..

In their calendar year together in the auction arena, Radcliffe bought 19 horses in North America for the Phoenix operation, totaling $17,775,000, not including horses bought elsewhere in the world. None of the U.S. purchases were for less than $475,000.

While the partnership bought high, Phoenix Thoroughbreds has already seen results on the racetrack. It owns the undefeated Kentucky Oaks hopeful Dream Tree, one of the race’s favorites heading into the final round of preps who was bought at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale for $750,000. The Phoenix operation also has a contender on the Kentucky Derby trail in European-based Gronkowski. The operation owned Grade 3-placed stakes winner Mourinho, who was euthanized following a training injury Monday at Santa Anita.

A native of Northern Ireland and resident of Newmarket, England, Radcliffe began her equestrian life with jumpers, previously worked with Coolmore Stud, and is also an exercise rider. She began her bloodstock business about 15 years ago.