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James Wigan

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Dank, Beverly D., Arlington Park, 17th August 2013; BC Filly & Mare Turf, 2nd November 2013

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sire: Dansili. Dam: Masskana

James Wigan is the founder and manager of London Thoroughbred Services Ltd., an international bloodstock agency that has grown considerably since its inception in 1976. Services include purchasing and sales, both public and private; stallion syndication and management; and consultation on pedigrees, insurance, and transportation.

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In partnership with his mother, Wigan owns the 130-acre West Blagdon Stud in Cranborne, Dorset, in the U.K., where he keeps his family’s 24 broodmares. The family keeps ten-to-15 horses in training with Sir Michael Stoute, Luca Cumani, Richard Hannon, and John Gosden in England and with Andre Fabre and Francois Rohaut in France.

Wigan doesn’t frequently ship his horses to run in North America, but he sent Dank to Arlington Park in Chicago to race in the 24th running of the $750,000 Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes. 

Wigan was glad he journeyed to Chicago to witness his filly’s best performance in her 11-race career. “She has such a great turn of foot,” he said after the race. “Obviously she has improved over the last year.”