Donegal Racing

DULLAHAN'S DAM COULD MAKE KY DERBY HISTORY - DRF

April 19, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. − Bena Halecky, an executive with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, got the call from Phil Needham on the afternoon of January 8, 2008. Needham was Halecky’s bicycling partner, but he also was her partner in a handful of Thoroughbred broodmares. Now he was calling from the Keeneland January sale, and he hoped Halecky would be interested in a Smart Strike mare he had bought − or, really, bought back from other partners − the previous afternoon.

“It was 12:53 p.m. when he called me on my personal cellphone,” said Halecky, 53. “I was in my office in Cincinnati. I could hear the sales going on in the background. He says, ‘Do you want in on another mare?’ I said, ‘Phil, I’m losing my shirt, I don’t want in on any more mares.’

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