Alan has been a member of the TGC since 1995. He is a NY-Bred, born in New York City and raised on Long Island in Garden City. Today he lives in NYC and spends the winter months between New York and his home in West Palm Beach, FL. A graduate of Boston College, Alan holds a BA Degree in Economics.
After college, Alan worked in the advertising business for two years before founding North Shore Bloodstock in 1984, of which he is president and owner. Alan’s full-service agency deals in all phases of thoroughbred bloodstock transactions and equine insurance. He attends and offers his representation services at all major thoroughbred auctions throughout the country and abroad. Alan prefers a “softer-sales approach” with clients and enjoys working with first time horse owners to seasoned veterans in both racing and breeding. North Shore Bloodstock Agency is a service business, and Alan notes: "I think it is important to be able to utilize the contacts made over many years in this business when purchasing horses either here or in Europe.” One of his more successful purchases overseas was the Grade I steeplechase runner Ninepins, which Alan purchased in England for $55,000 on behalf of owner Ed Swyer. The gelding earned over $500,000 and set a record for the oldest horse to win a Grade I at the age of 13! Alan feels that “a successful agent should not only make a purchase or sale for a client, but assist in all details and follow through with the client in which ever way possible. I would like to think that I can offer assistance in locating the right horse to purchase from England to Florida or locating the proper trainer from New York to Charles Town.” Other services offered by North Shore Bloodstock include breeding recommendations, stallion seasons and shares, appraisals and consultation.
Alan is also a licensed insurance agent in New York State and handles a variety of equine insurance needs for racing and breeding stock including mortality, prospective foal, stallion infertility and disability. The Trackmen Golf Club Racing Stables LLC contracts its horse insurance with North Shore Bloodstock and we have been very satisfied with Alan’s courteousness and professionalism.
Alan’s first introduction to the thoroughbred world came as a 10-year-old boy as his mother worked for the Pinkerton’s organization and his step-father, Jerry O’Grady, was president of the Pinkerton Security at the three New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks. Alan would often visit Belmont Park Racetrack. He had various jobs at NYRA, including stints in the Horse Identification Department, licensing, parking and mutuels. Alan also worked many summers at the Saratoga Harness track with the trainer who handled his stepfather’s horses. Upon returning to the thoroughbred tracks, he teamed up with noted bloodstock agent Eugenio Colombo and began to learn the bloodstock agent business. In the early 1980s, he went out on his own and soon founded North Shore Bloodstock in 1984. Alan has developed a very impressive clientele which includes fellow TGC members Joe Cornacchia and Bill Allen. Alan is a partner and General Manager of Gold Spur Stable which raced such good horses as the multiple graded stakes winner Capsized, who won the $150,000, Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga while defeating Pure Prize, etc. Capsized amassed career earnings of over $500,000 and was purchased privately by Alan at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Two-Year-Old Sales. Another stable star for the Gold Spur group was River Rush, by Strodes Creek; he won the John Henry Stakes at the Meadowlands and earned over $220,000. Alan also formed a small partnertship to purchase the Grade 3 winner Belong to Sea who captured the Miss Preakness Stakes in 2003; she was purchased out of the Fasig tipton Calder sale in Miami. Alan has enjoyed a longtime collaboration with the very successful NY-based trainer Lisa Lewis. As a team, “We work the sales together and have had much success” Alan adds.
Alan remarks that “Secretariat was the best horse I have seen race and I was there when he won the Belmont Stakes by 31-lengths”. He further adds that the classic Triple Crown duels between Affirmed and Alydar were among his favorite races. When asked what aspect of racing appeals to him most, he stated “I especially enjoy the morning training workout hours, watching the horses develop and of course the immense thrill of racing”. Alan can be regularly seen on the backstretches of racetracks on the East Coast, Kentucky, and California. Alan recommends to present and potential clients that “It is very important to find good references before you invest. Do your homework on the people you’re dealing with and the horses you’re investing in”.
Outside of racing and golf, Alan enjoys tennis. He has golf memberships at exclusive Garden City Golf Club and the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club where he fine tunes his 16-handicap. In addition to Garden City Golf Club, he quickly adds the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland and Nantucket Golf Club on Nantucket Island among his favorite courses he has played. Alan especially enjoys the element of relaxation the game of golf offers and the camaraderie among his golfing friends. Reflecting on his best attribute as a golfer, Alan proudly states that “I am a pretty fast player; a sense of pace is important in golf”. Alan offers these words of wisdom to fellow golfers: “Keep calm, avoid tension on the course and don’t over swing”.
Although his busy schedule prevents him from playing in too many of the TGC’s tournaments, we have enjoyed his good fellowship and his very professional services. We wish this very eligible bachelor the best of luck in the horse business.