The ultra-upscale ForbesLife magazine comes as an occasional supplement to the bi-weekly Forbes. The September 11 issue of ForbesLife has an article by MaryJean Wall, the former turf columnist for the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader. It is titled “So You Want to Buy a Racehorse.” [click here to access the article] Ms. Wall discusses the modern history of the Keeneland sales and provides anecdotes about Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, Mike Repole of Queens, and the late Roger King of CBS Television Distribution.

I was at the Saratoga Select Sale several years ago and King was in a bidding contest with one other person. When the other bidder approached King about buying the colt together in partnership, the blunt King told him for all to hear with colorful language what he thought about the idea. King then bought the colt by himself.

MaryJean Wall is a three-time Eclipse Award-winning reporter and writer. She holds an earned doctorate in American history and her excellent 2010 book How Kentucky Became Southern (University of Kentucky Press, 241 pages) blends her interests in both horse racing and history. I read the book and found it to be informative and well written.