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anna seitz
growing up in
thoroughbred racing:
"inside" the track

Aired November 10, 2017

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Sometimes, all the elements we could hope for to enable us to perfectly follow the most incredible of dreams just seem to line up. Being surrounded by a family who is recognized worldwide as among the most talented and knowledgeable in Thoroughbred racing… raised on one of the finest Blue Grass farms… learning from and working with the best horsemen and -women in the world… It could seem like it all just came together – seamlessly.

And, on a certain level, it did just that for Thoroughbred horse racing’s Anna Seitz. But going into what was her family’s business, the world she knew intimately from the inside, wasn’t initially the no-brainer you’d think.

Anna grew up on Brookdale Farm in Kentucky, surrounded by some of the finest Thoroughbred racehorses in the world. Her family has sold horses for over 40 years, not only selling as an agent for outside clients, but also owning and breeding their own.  This includes over 300 stakes winners and many multi-million-dollar horses sold.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Anna worked on the racetrack for leading trainer Todd Pletcher before joining Fasig-Tipton, where she has worked for six years.

She has established several racing syndicates, including one for women called It’s All About the Girls, with members based in seven different countries. And she's launched Thoroughbred Women's Network, an organization established to assist women who are interested in a career in the racing industry.

In every way, it would seem that Anna’s working in horse racing was an obvious decision. But it wasn’t until she was a junior in college before she seriously considered making it her own career.  And the rest is (horse racing) history.