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Liz Crow is a partner in BSW Bloodstock and Elite Sales. Her job includes advising owners on horses to buy, sell, and race. She recently answered a few questions from Dan Tordjman about Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, her love for horse racing, and her career.
Get to know her in the Q&A below, and follow her on Twitter at @lcrow11.
It has been well documented since last Friday that you selected the Oaks winner Monomoy Girl at sale. Can you tell us what it was about her that attracted your attention?
I loved her personality and the way she carried herself. She absolutely exuded class. She is a very athletic and well balanced filly as well. She has a big strong forearm to help her dig through the dirt but she also has a very powerful hip and hind leg. Her hip has great length and gives her the power she needs.
What did her win in the Oaks mean to you?
It meant everything. Sol Kumin and Brad Cox were two of my earliest and biggest supporters and Michael Dubb and Stuart Grant are important BSW supporters and clients as well. To win on such a massive stage with those connections and with her being a yearling purchase was the most meaningful moment of my career.
Let’s get into some of your background. Your introduction to horse racing occurred when ... I was 8 years old and my grandparents took me to Louisiana Downs. They bought me an ice cream sundae and taught me how to bet. I loved it right away.
Your top three favorite racetracks in order, and what you like about each one: Keeneland: my hometown track. They have been able to maintain a sense of history and tradition all the while making it fun for young new fans to come enjoy. Saratoga: Full of history. The class of racing there is unlike anywhere else. Oaklawn Park: So supported by the town around them and full of people that just love racing. It is the hometown track for Ten Strike Racing (longtime clients) they make it fun for me to go racing there.
Favorite place at the racetrack to watch a race: If it is one of my horses running I like to be by myself for the most part so I can focus. As a spectator an outdoor box near the wire.
What I do when I’m not at the races: If I am not at a horse sale I love to try and find time to foxhunt or just ride horses around Kentucky. I have a great group of friends that enjoy doing that and they always have a horse available for me when I find time.
One thing that most people don’t know about me is: I love the NFL, huge Washington Redskins fan. I listen to Fantasy Sports Radio on Sirius XM whenever I am driving out to farms.
Advice I would give to anyone considering getting into racing: For a new owner: do your research and get involved with a partnership or a group of people you trust to get your feet wet. For a person trying to work in racing: go to the racetrack and learn about the end product of our industry (the racehorse) before trying to take on any other type of job.
Favorite racehorse currently competing: On our roster: Monomoy Girl
Not on our roster: World Approval
Favorite all-time racehorse: Rachel Alexandra
Accomplishment I am most proud of: Selecting the filly that won the 144th Kentucky Oaks.
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: My entire life.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: I like it on rotation. It gives different cities and tracks a chance to put on a show and promote their businesses. I loved it at Del Mar last year and look forward to it being back at Churchill this year.
Favorite international racing event: Because of Mind Your Biscuits I am going to have to say Dubai World Cup.
Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: 1. Free and easily understandable data. 2. Lower takeout to promote gambling from new interested people that will make our sport more competitive with other gaming. 3. Uniform rules and regulation = public trust.
What is your go-to or signature bet to make at the racetrack: I generally am a big exacta box player. Love a good early daily double to get the day going.
My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was: I bet Summer Bird in the 2009 Belmont Stakes at 11-1. I bet my rent money on him in college that month and was headed to Newmarket for two weeks the next day. So it was significant he crossed the wire first.
Best advice I could give to anyone who wants to learn about betting on the races: Spend some time in person with a good handicapper. That is how I learned.
Other sports/teams I follow: Big fan of all D.C. sports teams since that is where I grew up. I am a HUGE Redskins fan. Also big UofL Cardinals fan since I am an alum.
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended:
Redskins vs. Cowboys 2013 at FedEx Field. Sent us to the playoffs and beat our biggest rival.
My favorite athletes of all time: Allen Iverson, John Wall, Ramon Dominguez, and Jerry Bailey.
Favorite magazines: TDN Weekender, BloodHorse, Sports Illustrated
Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram: Twitter
Favorite thing to eat after a winning day at the races: Everything tastes good after you win, especially paired with a really nice glass of cabernet.
Least favorite food: Any sort of fast food
Best racetrack food can be found at: Woodbine.
Favorite cocktail: Margarita
Top racing websites I visit daily: TDN, DRF, Thoro-Graph, BloodHorse, Equineline
Twitter handle: @lcrow11
What apps are on your phone: Waze (I hate sitting in traffic), WhatsApp (communicate with my team), Tiny Scanner (great when doing horse deals on the go), Google Calendar (input all our runners each day), Uber.
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people in racing: Gai Waterhouse, Aidan O’Brien, and Frank Stronach
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO), Laura Hillenbrand (author), and Adam Silver (NBA commissioner)
My philosophy on life: Work hard and surround yourself with smart and honest people.