Andrew Cary is originally from Zimbabwe, where he grew up riding horses at a young age and reading the daily handicapping column in the newspaper almost as soon as he could read. After moving to the United States when he was 8 years old, he maintained his love of horses and Thoroughbred racing throughout his high school and college years and moved to Lexington to work full-time in the Thoroughbred industry in 2002.
Initially, Cary worked as a bloodstock writer and researcher for Thoroughbred Times magazine until moving to Taylor Made Sales Agency as pedigree research director in 2004 and soon was promoted to assistant director of public sales under Mark Taylor. In 2006, Cary joined John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm as director of public sales. In 2009, Cary had the opportunity to become a partner in two exciting new ventures: Select Sales Agency and Thoroughbred Futures. Thoroughbred Futures was a new racing syndicate formed with the aim of bringing new owners into the sport and was very successful on the racetrack during its three years of operation. After initially joining Select Sales as general manger, Cary became a partner in 2010. Since it was founded, Select Sales has quickly established itself as one of North America’s leading consignors, both in the sales ring and at the racetrack.
What I like about Thoroughbred racing: I could write a novel here but, to keep it short, I think it’s the unique combination of humans and horses competing together at a high level of competitive sport. There is something innately special in that as our relationship with the horse goes back thousands of years. The international appeal of racing, the competition, the history and tradition, the excitement – it all makes for a fascinating industry to work in.
How I became an owner (if applicable): I’ve had the opportunity to invest with friends and business partners over the years. Fractional ownership is a good option for most people starting out in the business I believe.
Best advice to someone considering ownership: Educate yourself and do your homework as you would before investing in any business.
Favorite place at the racetrack in which to watch a race: A box seat on the finish line is always great, of course, but I also enjoy being on the rail, too, closer to the action. I like to move around a bit during the day.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: I like the rotation. I think a West Coast-East Coast annual rotation is great.
My top three favorite racetracks in order:
3. Santa Anita
Best race I’ve seen in person: Blame vs. Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic
Most influential person in my career: Too many deserve credit to name just one – John Sikura, Donato Lanni, Mark Taylor, Carrie Brogden, Jay Goodwin to name a few.
My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: I don’t have a magic solution but we have to get more high-profile celebrities/athletes/entertainers involved in ownership.
Other sports/teams I follow: NHL, NFL (Green Bay Packers), soccer, Formula 1, etc. I enjoy sports of all kinds.
My favorite athletes of all-time: Lionel Messi, Teemu Selanne, Peter Forsberg, Pavel Bure, Ayrton Senna, Aaron Rodgers, Connor McDavid, Christian McCaffrey, to name a few.
What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: “The Zanzibar Chest,” by Aidan Hartley
Favorite Magazines: “Food & Wine”
Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Traveling, cooking, reading, history, other sports.
Favorite movies: “The Godfather,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Forrest Gump,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Tombstone,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” etc., etc.
Favorite TV shows I watch: Anything on my Netflix or Amazon Prime queue. I like miniseries and documentaries. Recently watched “Godless” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Watching “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” now … all excellent.
Favorite foods: I love Italian and French food, but pretty much anything that tastes amazing.
Favorite vacation spot: Tuscany
Favorite musician/band: Pre-1900 Mozart and Beethoven. Modern era: CCR, U2, Coldplay. I like variety.
Favorite actor: Don’t really have one in particular. Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino. I like a lot of movies that Tom Hanks is in.
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: John Magnier, John Gosden, Sheikh Mohammed
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Jimmy Kimmel, Niall Ferguson, Oprah Winfrey
Best racetrack food can be found at: Saratoga
Accomplishment I am most proud of: The growth of Select Sales since we started in 2009.
My philosophy on life: Love your family, keep life simple, enjoy every day.
Things I collect: Wine
Favorite charities: Retired Racehorse Project
Favorite authors: Ken Follett, Niall Ferguson, Stephen Sears
Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs, but also love Buffaloes, especially from Colorado.
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: The first Green Bay Packers game I saw at Lambeau Field.
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Excitement, competition, history
Top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Banana Republic, Adidas, Nike
Favorite month of the year: May
What apps are on your phone? A lot that I don’t use regularly.
My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was: Superfecta at the 2012 Kentucky Derby with some friends
What is your go-to or signature bet to make at the racetrack: Four-horse trifecta box
If you could pick walk-up music that would play whenever your horse(s) entered a winner’s circle after a win, what song would you pick: “Started From the Bottom,” by Drake
Favorite fall holiday cocktail: Bourbon on the rocks
Favorite summertime cocktail: Gin and tonic
Favorite all-time racehorse: Ipi Tombe
Favorite racehorse currently competing: Maximus Mischief
Favorite international racing event: Royal Ascot
Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Social media, social media, social media. Have to attract more young fans
My favorite appetizer: Wings from Pies and Pints
Which athlete or entertainer should consider Thoroughbred ownership: LeBron James
Best pizza I’ve ever had (restaurant/city): Rome
College Football Playoff: four teams? Eight? Or 16? Four teams is probably the only feasible amount given the current schedule and setup. College football has the best regular season because nearly every week is like a playoff game as it is.