Alice and Mill Ridge play a very important role in our Thoroughbred operation. Her advice on matings and sales has helped us develop many stakes winners. Mill Ridge raised and sold us Banshee Winds, who is the dam of Eclipse Award winner Banshee Breeze. Jim Tafel
A friend for 20 years, Jim Tafel first began working with Mill Ridge when he purchased Binalong, a son of Mill Ridge’s great mare Begum. Binalong went on to win 8 races including Gulfstream Park Sprint and nearly $350,000. Knowing the story of Binalong's mother Begum, and Mill Ridge’s treatment of the horse, he again supported the consignment when he purchased Banshee Winds in 1991 from the Mill Ridge.
It would be difficult to identify anyone more passionate for the horse and racing than Samantha Siegel. In fact, it has always been a family affair with her mother Jan, her father Mace, and Samantha racing under the JAYEMESS Stable (letters from their first names). Jan and Mace met on a blind date at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1962 and married two months later. They purchased their first horse in 1964 at the Timonium Yearling Sale and named her Najecam (Mace and Jan backwards).
While not on our cherished breeders’ list of "30 Grade 1 winners since 2000", few have made a greater contribution to the life of Mill Ridge Farm than Rich Santulli. Reynolds and Rich grew a wonderful friendship early on as he grew his breeding business. Always open to opportunities, Rich was a key partner as Reynolds negotiated with Jimmy Mills on the purchase of Gone West.
I first met Alice in the early seventies … little did I know what a close personal and business relationship would develop from this meeting. Three words to best describe Alice are Intelligence, Integrity, and Industrious. I am proud to be her friend. Tolie Otto
This business allows you to grow extraordinary relationships fostered through the horse. Our friendship with Tolie Otto over the years has been a thread shared with amazing achievements, as with G1 winners KEEPER HILL, MONBA and now, POWER BROKER. The friendship alone would be reward enough, but is accentuated by results on the track — it becomes most gratifying. Like all of our clients we consider Tolie and her family part of our family and have enjoyed a friendship for decades.
Alice Chandler has devoted her life and career to the horse industry, and she has made a profound, lasting, and immensely beneficial impact on all aspects of it. Her accomplishments at Mill Ridge Farm — raising a Kentucky Derby winner and selling a Keeneland sales topper in the same year, among them — speak volumes about her work ethic and her unparalleled care and knowledge of horses … Personally, I have enjoyed, and will always treasure, the success we have achieved together, whether it was on the race track with Keeper Hill or selling yearlings at the sales. Shug McGaughey
Shug has been a client and friend of the farm for decades, and considered more of a family member than a client. We have enjoyed great success in raising and selling racehorses over the years.
Ann and I bless the day we came to Mill Ridge. We feel very grateful to Alice Chandler and look forward to celebrating even more success with her in the years to come. Ann and Jerry Moss
Longtime Mill Ridge friends and clients, Ann and Jerry Moss have had tremendous fun and great success in the Thoroughbred business. We are proud to have been part of some of it, having raised their Kentucky Derby winner GIACOMO, and whose dam, Set Them Free, is a boarder who calls Mill Ridge home, along with three other Grade 1 winners: TIAGO, KUDOS, and NOBO TRUE. Our relationship with Ann and Jerry and their longtime friend and manager Dottie Ingordo-Sherriffs, has been a true pleasure and their successes great highlights for the Mill Ridge team.
Alice Chandler was one of the first Kentucky horse breeders we were aware of when we first entered into the Thoroughbred world of racing and breeding. This was back in the late seventies. Her Mill Ridge Farm, which she poured herself into and built to its present stature, is remarkable: barns, fences, horses all on blue grass. To be a boarder at Mill Ridge is to know and have peace of mind. Horses thrive there. Gretchen Jackson
If ever there was a modern era "Royal Couple" to the Thoroughbred racehorse, it would be Roy and Gretchen Jackson. Passionate in the care of the horse their dedication parallels ours at Mill Ridge. Breeders of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro this passion was in full display as they cared for him after his injury in the Preakness. Tragically, they were not able to save his life… however, grew innumerable supporters.
It is not often a relationship between owner and trainer can become as close as the one between Bobby and Mill Ridge. A mutual respect and admiration developed into a very close friendship built on each other’s love of the animal. Bobby set a standard in his care and love for the horse and we felt privileged to care for his limited broodmare band. This was especially rewarding when his homebred MAST TRACK stormed home to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) in 2008 at Bobby’s home track.
It’s a wonderful business if you have the support of a farm like Mill Ridge … everyone works together as a team, and they do a terrific job in terms of guiding you and communicating with you. I love working on the matings for my mares with Headley Bell. Nancy Dillman
Nancy’s story with Mill Ridge first began when she sent her mare Cacti to visit the farm’s stallion Diesis in 1984. The resulting foal was named Diminuendo who won the Epsom Oaks as a three year old and named Champion filly in Europe in 1988.Nancy Dillman’s most recent success is 2011 Horse of the Year, HAVRE DE GRACE, who was the result of a mating advised by Headley to Easter Bunnette, a mare purchased by Nicoma Bloodstock on behalf of Nancy in 2003.
Few Thoroughbred breeders have made such an impact as a breeder from one mare than has Dr. John Chandler and his mare Pharlette (FR). Purchased from Keeneland November 1983, Pharlette (FR) was not the most imposing daughter of Pharly (FR). In fact his wife Alice, Syndicate Manager for Diesis, refused him a Diesis farm season since she found Pharlette so unathletic in appearance and lacking in pedigree! Thus he had to use his Diesis share season as there wasn’t another available!