Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Update, Blinkers Off, 2012 Derby Outlook

Thanksgiving is always special at the Carter household and this year was a special time of celebration and giving thanks as Kerry M. Thomas, founder of the Thomas Herding Technique, and I finished the book we co-authored and turned it in to the publisher – Trafalgar Square Books.

“Horse Profiling, The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes” is now in the editing, proofing stage and is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2012 just before the Kentucky Derby. Preorders are available and if purchased before February 1, 2012, you can get 15% off of the retail price plus free shipping.

Online orders can be purchased at this
link. At checkout, enter the coupon code KT151011 to get the discount. You can also order the book by telephone at 800.423.4525 and be sure to mention the code KT151011 to get the discount.

Trafalgar Square Books recently wrote a nice blog about Kerry’s trip to Louisville for the Breeders’ Cup and his speaking engagement at PATH International Conference at Lexington, Kentucky. Later this month, a feature story about Kerry will appear in the Florida Horse magazine.

Kerry will return for another visit to Louisville from December 13-20 and if you would like to schedule a meeting you can contact him by telephone at 610.593.4889 or by email at


A friend of mine emailed me to tell me that he heard my name mentioned by Tom Quigley, publisher of The HorsePlayer Magazine, on last Friday’s TVG Blinkers Off show hosted by Matt Carothers. In December 2010, I wrote about Animal Kingdom in my 2011 Kentucky Derby
Outlook and he was my Kentucky Derby pick in the Derby edition of The HorsePlayer Magazine.

I would like to thank Mr. Quigley for the mention. If you have not read The HorsePlayer Magazine, it would be a good resource to add to your reading list. Here’s the
link to the Blinkers Off show and the mention was at the 3:43 minute mark.


From August to the end of November, I was extremely busy working on the book and with it completed, I’ve been in catch up mode reviewing pedigrees and race replays of the 2-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail. There doesn’t appear to be a clear standout among this crop but nevertheless there are few I’m interested in and I’ll have more, later, when I write my 2012 Kentucky Derby Roundup at the end of this month.

Two colts I’m especially interested in are Battle Force and Brother Francis. They may have classic potential and I’m looking forward to see how they fare as 3-year-olds.

I’ll have more, later.

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