Get to Know Sabrina Moore, Breeder of Knicks Go

The Life
Sabrina Moore bred Grade 1 winner and Breeders' Cup contender Knicks Go.
Sabrina Moore bred Grade 1 winner and Breeders' Cup contender Knicks Go. (Eclipse Sportswire/Courtesy Sabrina Moore)

Thoroughbred breeder Sabrina Moore was ecstatic when a horse she bred and raised, Knicks Go, earned a win in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and with it, a place in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2. Get her insights on horse ownership, sports, and more in the Q&A below.

What I do for a living: I own and operate a Thoroughbred nursery. We foal mares, breed mares back, and prep weanlings and yearlings. I also consign Thoroughbreds under GreenMount Farm. I personally breed a few for myself and pinhook as well. 

How I became a breeder: Well, the short version ... the idea was brought to my mom after a few failed partnerships. We wanted to be more hands-on and we liked the idea of having a racehorse from “start to finish.”

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: I love that it doesn’t matter your breeding, your size, or how straight your legs are- the first nose to the wire wins!

Biggest influence in my life has been: Too many to count! I believe there is something to learn from everyone. Whether it’s what you should be doing, or shouldn’t be doing.  

If I wasn’t a trainer, I would be a: nurse or something in the medical field. I’ve thrown around the idea of being an assistant trainer on the track too, if I wasn’t in the breeding aspect of it.  

Greatest moment so far in racing: watching AP win the triple crown. He was my early derby pick and it was amazing watching him progress. My whole life before that I was told there probably wasn’t going to be another Triple Crown winner. I was lucky to see him win at the Preakness and the Haskell.  

What I was thinking when Knicks Go was pulling away from the field to win the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity: I was actually driving in the car and I couldn’t pull up the race. I had my phone in my lap and my phone couldn’t finish the first “ding” before another went off. I figured maybe he was third or something, then of course I refreshed my Twitter feed for instant results. 

At 70-1, how much money did you bet on Knicks Go? I never bet on my own horses. I’ve spent quite a bit on them before they get to the races- I’ll save my extra 2 bucks! (lol)

Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! No question is a dumb question. Find professionals with good reputations and that are willing to help you understand the game and that they have your best interest in mind.  

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home? I like the idea of it rotating and giving each racetrack to showcase themselves and what they have to offer. I hope to see it at Laurel Park someday.  

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Ugh, this is so tough. Pimlico, Keeneland, Belmont Park

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Seasonal partnerships. Instead of getting in a partnership and getting stuck whether your horse does well or not you can buy in on a horse that is actively racing or aiming toward a  meet and the partnership will expire after the meet ends. Just an idea that I think would do well with the local steeplechasing circuits primarily.  

Other sports/teams I follow: Baltimore Orioles and Ravens 

My favorite athletes of all time: Just recently became a huge fan of A.P. McCoy. He defines champion and an athlete. Michael Phelps was also sensational. 

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: Oh dear, I don’t read much (at all), but one book I always brush up on is “Complete Foaling Manual” by Theresa Jones. I highly recommend it if you foal mares. I’ve read it at least five times. 

Favorite magazines: Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred 

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Anything outdoors. I’m an avid hunter, fisher, and crabber when I can squeeze it in. I really enjoy cooking and baking as well. 

Favorite TV shows I watch: “Vikings,” “Game of Thrones,” “This Is Us,” “Homeland,” “Power” ... so many more. I binge watch during foaling season. 

Favorite foods: Ribeyes, clams, oysters, crabs, Greek food; but I’ll try anything.

Favorite vacation spot: I don’t get away often, but when I do I’m a member of a hunting club on the eastern shore of Maryland. It’s thousands of acres and no electricity- just locals, peace and quiet, and wildlife. My little slice of paradise. 

Favorite musician/band: I don’t have one in particular but I know every John Mayer song. 

Favorite actor: Amy Poehler 

Five websites I visit daily:,,,, (I google everything) 

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: Elliott Walden, the Taylor Made brothers, Mike Ryan 

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Plank, Chip and Joanna Gaines 

Best racetrack food can be found at: Charles Town has a pretty solid buffet. 

Accomplishment I am most proud of: Breeding a Grade 1 winner and starting my own consignment 

My philosophy on life: I put this one in my high school yearbook and I still stand by it. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Knicks Go enters the Keeneland winner's circle.
Knicks Go enters the Keeneland winner's circle. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Things I collect: hip numbers and catalogs from all the horses I’ve sold 

Favorite charities: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, PDJF, Maryland Horse Industry Foundation 

Favorite authors: I don’t read much but I always look for the Joe Clancy articles in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazines. I also enjoy the Indian Charlie handouts. 

Favorite animal other than a horse: Can’t live without a dog by my side. 

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: I went to the Grand Prix when it was in Baltimore and it was AWESOME. 

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Community, passion, lifestyle 

Three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Burberry, Barbour ... and Carhartt

Favorite month of the year: October - Maryland Million and my birthday all in the same weekend. 

What apps are on your phone: Snapchat, Toon Blast, Starbucks, Equibase, Pinterest 

Favorite summer cocktail: South Sides by Ned Worthington 

Favorite winter cocktail: Woodford old fashioned 

Favorite all-time racehorse: Wise Dan

Favorite racehorse currently competing: Aside from the obvious, our local sensation in Maryland, Crabcakes! 

Favorite international racing event: Ascot, I love the prestige. 

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Creating a family friendly atmosphere, low risk partnerships, and creating ways for beginners to bet and learn about horse racing (like ABR does!) 

What do you drive for a car? GMC 3500 Denali 

What’s your favorite gym exercise? I haven’t been to a gym in years ... but I can lift two feed bags at one time.  

Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Anyone but the Steelers ... it’s a Baltimore thing. 

Esports: Yay or nay? I don’t even know what that is. Haha 

Favorite restaurant: The Prime Rib in Baltimore 

Last TV series you binge-watched was: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

College or pro football: Pro

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