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About Craig Bandoroff

CRAIG and HOLLY BANDOROFFCRAIG and HOLLY BANDOROFF

Craig & Holly Bandoroff
Craig & Holly Bandoroff
Born: 1955 in Cherry Hill, NJ

Family: Wife, Holly; children, Katherine, 24, Conrad, 21 and Isabel 13.

Education: Attended the University of Virginia 1977-78 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. 2008-2010 attended and completed the Owners and Managers Program at the Harvard Business School. The resident program was held for three weeks for three years. Attendees come from all over the world. All attendees are individuals that own and run their own businesses with 40% from outside the U.S. The modules and areas of study include: strategy, innovation, finance, control, leadership, negotiation, global affairs (macro-economics), and marketing.

"The opportunity was invaluable and the chance to learn from the case study method at Harvard from their faculty was truly rewarding. The program had huge impact personally and in the management of making Denali Stud a better company and business."

Occupation: Owner of 700 acre Denali Stud located in Bourbon County, Paris, Kentucky, established in 1990.

Board positions: Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Kentucky Equine Education Project, The Lexington School

Click here to read 2002 story on the early years.

Auction highlights: Sold $403,783,170 worth of horses since 1990...First million-dollar sale: Calendar Lady in foal to Mr. Prospector, $1.1 million at 1998 Keeneland November sale. Top selling yearlings: Serena's Tune (Mr. Prospector--Serena's Song), $1 million, 1999; Gone to the Moon (Gone West-- Miraloma), $2.8 million, 1999; Sophisticat (Storm Cat--Serena's Song), $3.4 million, 2000; Official Flame (Deputy Minister--Fire the Groom), $1.6 million, 2000; Elegant Cat (Storm Cat--Elegant Glance), $1.1 million, 2000; Virtuosa (Seeking the Gold--Escena), $3.7 million, 2001 and Golden Ballet in November for $1.6 million, dam of Drosselmeyer; Harlington (Unbridled-Serena’s Song) $2.8 million, Keeneland Sept. 2003, 2nd highest price colt of the year; Storm Cat-Exing colt, $1.75 million, Purrfectly in November 2003 for $3.15 million and Stylestich for $1.3 million; Sold the second highest broodmare of 2004, Santa Catarina for $4.8 million as well as Storm Beauty for $2.2 million, Mill Lodi for $2 million and Unbridled Beauty for $1.4 million at Keeneland November and then topped the Tattersall’s December sale when selling champion Ipi Tombe for over $1.6 million; sold $3.5 million Storm Cat colt out of Serena’s Song and a Kingmambo filly out of Escena for $2.7 million at Keeneland September and returned in November of 2005 to sell $1.4 million Gone West filly; Mushka (Empire Maker-Sluice) $1.6 million, topped 2006 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale and Saree for $2 million in November; In 2007 sold $2 million yearling in September (A.P. Indy-Fire the Groom); Playa Maya (dam of Uncle Mo) 4th highest broodmare at Fasig-Tipton November, $1.65 million, 2010; Gypsy’s Warning sold for $1.05 million at Keeneland November and Her Smile for $1 million in 2011 and in 2012 sold a full brother to Mushka for $1.1 million at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga, the second highest colt of the sale.

Since 2000 Denali Stud’s consignments have ranked among the nation’s leaders.

2000
4th by gross yearling sales $17,024,000
7th by gross broodmare sales $11,955,200
18th by gross weanling sales $1,643,700

2001
5th by gross yearling sales $14,470,700
6th by gross broodmare sales $8,595,600
9th by gross weanling sales $2,189,900

2002
6th by gross yearling sales $9,900,700
8th by gross broodmare sales $5,551,800
19th by gross weanling sales $1,169,500

2003
4th by gross yearling sales $15,867,500
6th by gross broodmare sales $12,383,300
7th by gross weanling sales $2,416,900

2004
6th by gross yearling sales $14,791,500
3rd by gross broodmare sales $20,181,270
17th by gross weanling sales $1,355,400

2005
4th by gross yearling sales $22,264,900
6th by gross broodmare sales $9,981,200
18th by gross weanling sales $2,030,500

2006
7th by gross yearling sales $15,446,400
7th by gross broodmare sales $9,804,700
13th by gross weanling sales $3,070,700

2007
8th by gross yearling sales $16,398,900
13th by gross broodmare sales $5,713,700
25th by gross weanling sales $707,300

2008
7th by gross yearling sales $11,841,500
19th by gross broodmare sales $2,951,900
17th by gross weanling sales $731,500

2009
9th by gross yearling sales $7,145,100
9th by gross broodmare sales $4,649,900
13th by gross weanling sales $890,500

2010
8th by gross yearling sales $7,846,200
7th by gross broodmare sales $4,267,400
16th by gross weanling sales $890,500

2011
5th by gross yearling sales $10,480,500
6th by gross broodmare sales $8,209,950
12th by gross weanling sales $1,219,200

2012
5th by gross yearling sales $11,627,500
7th by gross broodmare sales $5,950,800
15th by gross weanling sales $1,029,700