Heiligbrodt race dispersal

June 20th, 2011

Bill Heiligbrodt

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Houston, Tex., ranked among the nation’s leading Thoroughbred owners for nearly two decades, announced on Monday, June 20 that they will disperse their Heiligbrodt Racing Stables beginning with approximately 80 head slated for a July 12 session, immediately following the last session of the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky.

The Heiligbrodts have owned or co-owned 118 stakes winners, including 1997 Arlington Million
winner Marlin with $2.4 million and, since 2005, have claimed over 650 wins and $21.5 million
in earnings.

Bill Heiligbrodt, 70, a retired financial services and banking executive, grew up in rural South Texas, where Quarter Horses prevailed and where he and Corrine established a ranch near Palacious to breed and compete with cutting horses. Between 1990 and 1999, they won five NCHA Open World championships with Cash Quixote Rio (1990 and 1992) and Meradas Little Sue (1995, 1997 and 1999), who retired as cutting’s all-time leading money earning mare with $670,000.

During the same time period, Bill formed a racing partnership with fellow Texans Ted Keefer and Buddy New. Their first purchase was a $5,200 yearling colt named Appealing Breeze that would run out $553,327.

In 2001, the Heiligbrodts sold Meradas Little Sue for a record $875,000 during the NCHA
Futurity Sales, and phased out of cutting competition.

The Phase I Heiligbrodt catalog, handled by Bluewater Sales, will include horses three and up currently racing, as well as two-year-olds in training; bred mares with 2011 foals at side; and yearlings. Catalogs and race performance records will be available online at fasigtipton.com, beginning June 22.