Derby Contenders

Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds

Lamanthia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds bred Mine That Bird, who initially sold for $9,500 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale. The Kentucky-bred garnered Canadian champion two-year-old honors for his previous owners, reeling off three straight stakes wins at Woodbine, before being privately sold to Mike Allen and Dr. Leonard. Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds is a commercial breeding operation co-owned by Phil Needham and Bill Betz, who have been partners for 20 years. Needham/Betz is one of the industry's most successful consignors, despite modest numbers. They generally consign some 25 horses to the Keeneland September yearling sale and a few yearlings to the Fasig-Tipton July and Saratoga yearling sales. Their 280-acre farm is located near Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in Lexington, where they have approximately 60 broodmares. The farm keeps a few fillies to race and to build its broodmare band. Top horses bred by Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds (singly or in partnership) include El Corredor, Roman Ruler, Dubai Escapade, Madcap Escapade, Tricky Squaw, Dignitas and Silver Tornado.