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Dr. Ross McKague: Big Numbers from Few Mares

Manitoba thoroughbred breeder Dr. Ross McKague holds the honour of breeding the most expensive Manitoba-bred ever, but his four-decade thoroughbred breeding adventure has always been full of big numbers despite having very few mares. The record-setting price paid for a Manitoba-bred was for a horse named High Leaguer, a 2-year-old by Cherokee Run out McKague’s mare Ms. Tenacious by Buckley Boy. High Leaguer sold for $280,000 in the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Florida Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. “We choose to concentrate on quality rather than quality,” said McKague, who has bred horses to earn $2,420,000. He’s also sold more than $3 million worth of horses in the past 38 years. The 69-year-old McKague grew up in on a farm in Ogema, SK and starved his way through vet school in Saskatchewan. “We all did in those days,” said McKague. “None of us had any money. We got through on student loans.…

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