Horse Racing

Twelve Questions: Kelsey Lupo


A native of upstate New York, Kelsey Lupo spent summers in Saratoga learning to read Forms. With a degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, she has lived all over the world and worked on stud farms in places like Kentucky, Ireland, Australia, England and France. Fortifying her resume, she completed the Kentucky Horse Management Internship and the Irish National Breeding Course. As principal of Atlas Bloodstock, she advises on a wide range of services, using her extensive experience with all things blood-related pets.

Racing or fiery highlights of the year?
For me personally, it was watching Lezoo win the G1 Cheveley Park S., and for a highlight of the year, I would say watching and participating in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. It was a great race with amazing stories and results.

He worth for the 2023 season?
I’d say Cracksman would be a value male at £17,500. He’s had some 2-year-olds performing well, but you might think they’d get better at 3-year-olds, as Cracksman himself got better as he got older.

Who will be the top freshmen next year?
I think Ads would be a top candidate for that position. His pups look pretty early and might fit the 2 year old European campaign quite nicely. They also look like a variety that will appeal to international buyers to race on various racetracks around the world.

Current most respected stallion?
You cannot refuse Dubai. He doesn’t ask for high stud fees and his select band of broodmare for nothing.

Favorite selling moment?
Selling one of my first crochet horses at Keeneland that I bought for $20k and saw her sell for $97k. I was so excited when I successfully made my own crochet for the first year.

Name a positive change you would like to see in the race next year?
Witness the improved purse structure in the UK for not only the prestige of the top races but also the finances.

If you could only follow one path for the rest of your life, where would it be?
There are many beautiful roads that I have visited, but I want to say that I have to go back to where it all started with me at Saratoga. Experience the track, vibe and culture like no other. I grew up there and love the industry.

What about the breakout steed of 2022?
Havana Gray has certainly been impressed with her 2-year-olds this year.

If you could bring back one track from the past, which track would it be and why?
I think that would be Hialeah Park in Florida in the glory days of Purebred racing. I’ve heard mentors in my industry talk about their experience and what it was like. I would love to see it for myself.

As you know, we named it ‘TDN Rising Stars;’ Which tournament(s) are you most looking forward to in 2023?
I look forward to meeting Auguste Rodin. I think his Doncaster performance in G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy S. went up a notch and showed real class.

In the next 10 years, what do you think will be the most significant change when it comes to the breeder business in North America?
The online sales market has proven itself. I think we will see exponential growth in this area. As a result, we will see major impacts on the stallion industry, especially when it comes to buying training horses on the private market.

And finally, your all-time favorite Purebred is…?
My favorite horse would be Zenyatta. She has given so much to the sport and to the fans. She has made positive contributions to the industry and has touched so many hearts during her campaign.


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