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Near Wigan is a 2014, 15.2 hand, cute-as-a-button, dark bay gelding with two white stockings and a blaze. He is unraced. His breeder debated whether to race him as he is on the smaller side. He is just four and he will continue to grow. Even though Near Wigan has a fantastic pedigree he showed no fire to be a racehorse when they started his race training him this spring. Wigan wants to be a pet or a show horse. He has never had an injury and he has always been handled with love and care. This makes a huge difference in a Thoroughbred. The more they have been shuffled from owner to owner, the less trusting and loving they are. The more love you give a Thoroughbred, the more love you get in return and boy does Wigan love people. As I was taking his photo, after he was turned out, he looked over his shoulder at me. Then he walked up to the fence and put his face into the camera to give me a hug.
Wigan is built like a tank at four-years-old so by five and a half when most geldings fill out, Wigan should look even more like a warmblood than he does now. He would make a great horse for someone who has the experience and time to bring along a young horse. He has no limitations and he has had no bad experiences.
Near Wigan is the kind of horse we love to offer for sale. We have sold many other horses for this breeder. She always has nice horses which have been well cared for. We are always happy to match her horses with our buyers because we know they can go on to successful second careers. When she is ready to retire her Thoroughbreds, we are the ones she calls. Wigan’s breeder/owner wants really good homes for her horses and she wants to stay in touch with the buyer. She only breeds a few horses a year and they are all special to her. Near Wigan is located in Lexington, KY at the breeder’s farm. SOLD!
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Here we are on our big day, me, Wiggy and Kathy. Kathy is Wiggy’s racing owner and breeder. Kathy also owned Artie as a racehorse and we have been friends ever since. Bringing Wiggy back to Kentucky in October for the makeover for all of his connections to see and celebrate with will be the perfect moment for us all. #thoroughbred #ottb #retiredracehorseproject #tbmakeover #newhorse #bestfriends
UPDATE: April 2019 Near Wigan has been SOLD! Congratulations to Ariel Christy of Michigan on the purchase of Near Wigan. He will be her entry in this year’s Retired Racehorse Project in the dressage division. Christy’s first ride on Near Wigan.
Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Our Thoroughbreds
What is the price of this horse?
Prices are not published because the price can go up or down depending on how the horse is racing. Most horses average $3500 but can be as low as $1000 or up to $5000. We will share the prices when you call. If the horse you call about is not in your budget, we may be able to recommend another horse that is.
What is the Jockey Club name of this horse?
Jockey Club names are not usually listed on the site as the sellers do not want calls from people who have not been screened by us for having the skills to help these horses into new careers. Most horses come with their Jockey Club papers and we will be happy to provide links to their race records and pedigrees when you make the decision to move forward with a purchase. Horses’ whose names are in quotes are not the actual name of the horse. That is the nickname we have listed the horse by.
Where is this horse located?
When we say this is a Prospect Horse, that means the horse is not at our farm in the Atlanta area. Prospect horses are still at the track or owner or trainer’s farm. We can tell you where the horse is when you call. Thoroughbreds move from track to track and to the farm and back. We cannot keep this web site current with so many horses listed and all moving around. That is why we don’t post the location. We are happy to share where the horse is when you call. We may have to make a phone call to find out where the horse is ourselves, but we are happy to share the info with you…if you call.
Like this horse? What is the first step?
READ these pages and then CALL . . . Between 9 AM-9 PM East Coast time. Before you call, you can save us all a lot of time by reading the information on these pages on our Bits & Bytes Farm Web site.
Please read our Pricing Information and Buying a Track Prospect Horse pages BEFORE calling! There are several more pages under the Buying Our Horses button. Prospect Horses at the Track will only be sold to buyers with the skills and support to make it a successful transition. Prospect Horses are NOT at our farm. They are at the track or their owners’ farms. We do not sell horses for racing.
CALL if you are excited about one of the horses, but PLEASE READ the links above. We will not sell a horse if it is not a good match – no matter how much money you have. Are you a match? CALL and we can see.
Our Phone: 770-704-6595 between 9AM and 9PM East Coast time! We are located in the Atlanta, GA area.
If you see a horse you like:
Don’t wait to see if he is there tomorrow.
Don’t wonder how much he is – CALL!
Don’t wait to see what your friends say – CALL!
We are not going to talk you into buying a horse! More likely we will ask you to tell us about yourself and your goals. Then, we will help you find the right match or tell you to wait for other horses because none of the current horses are a match.
Prices change based on what price the owner has set. We add a small markup for our services. Prices can go up or down based on how the horse is racing or how quickly the owner wants the horse sold. Most Prospect horses are priced under $5000 with the average being around $3500. Big sound geldings, grey horses and tall horses usually cost more — but not always. Small mares are your best bet if you are price sensitive.
Please read our Pricing Information and Buying a Track Prospect Horse pages before calling. There are several more pages under theBuying Our Horses button at the top of this page. Prospect Horses at the Track will only be sold to buyers with the skills and support to make it a successful transition.
We DO NOT SELL HORSES FOR RACING!
We can’t help you if you don’t call. Adults only please. Minors should have a parent or trainer call for them.
770-704-6595 between 9am and 9pm EST.
Lynn’s Vision aka Bubba at his last race – July 5, 2008. He was purchased by Melanie Eberhardt right after this race and brought back to Bits & Bytes Farm the next day. Melanie was riding him just one day later and he was a complete gentleman.