The Problem of the Ancient Five Have You's
- Have you come upon obstacles that seemed insurmountable ?
- Have you known that insiders were trying to keep you out ?
- Have you wondered why you are considered an invader by others ?
- Have you climbed mountains in life only to find the unexpected at the top ?
- Have you ever felt that wherever you turned you hit a stone wall ?
The Robert S. Fox Solution to the Five Have You's
- Robert S. Fox can be of invaluable assistance in conquering obstacles, getting you on the inside, eliminating the invader feeling, propelling you to the very top of the mountain and stopping you from beating your head against a stone wall.
The best building block you can find to develop your Thoroughbred business.
" I leave no stone unturned."
The Great Wall of China stretches 4,500 miles, from the mountains of Korea to the Gobi Desert. It was first built to protect an ancient Chinese empire from marauding tribes from the north. The first section of the Great Wall took 10 years to build — at the rate of about one mile per day. But it evolved into something far greater — a boon to trade and prosperity and ultimately a symbol of Chinese ingenuity and will. The truth is, though, that the Great Wall is actually a series of walls built and rebuilt by different dynasties over 1,000 years.
Legend has it that two warriors once met at a crossroads. One had a Champion horse to sell, the other needed such a horse. They talked, it seemed endlessly... they disagreed and went their separate ways, discontented, accomplishing nothing.
I often come upon the same crossroads. With Robert S. Fox you can be sure my wits are always extremely sharp. I know that anyway you slice it, it's better to do business that works for both than to do no business at all.
Minamoto Yoritomo was the first Shogun. The climax of Yoritomo's rise to power came in 1192, when he was named Shogun by the emperor Go-Toba. Yoritomo's died in 1199. One of the best demonstrations of how the Shogun and his organization could lead the nation occurred in 1274, when the Mongols tried to conquer Japan. The Mongols were forced back by the samurais, and their attempt to conquer Japan never succeeded.
Deal with Bob Fox and be a cut above the rest.
" It is never dull at my place."
Never Feel Goofy
Sometimes you go to a sale and just don't have the confidence to raise your hand and bid. Just having an experienced, trusted bloodstock agent at your side can give you the extra spark you need. With a good business plan, an intelligent exchange of dialogue, and the support of your knowledgeable team, decisions that at first seemed difficult become really easy.
I like to assist in developing a plan that reflects my client's goals. Since this is a business of self expression, I treat each person as an individual and assist in making the business plan that each client desires. My clientele is quite varied and I understand and respect the purchasing goals of each individual. I have guided clients both in private sales and at public auction, to purchase some very fine horses, sometimes an entire ownership and sometimes a partial ownership. A few of these excellent purchases include include Devil His Due, Love Smitten, Criminal Type and Midway Lady.
Disney characters have been around for most of my life. You never seem to outgrow the enjoyment you get when you are with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto and the many others. There is a child in all of us.
Building Confidence with Clients
" You will never feel Goofy with Bob Fox at your side."
If one picture is worth a thousand words, then what are profits worth? Call me anytime to discuss your bloodstock plans.
Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa on a piece of pine wood in the year 1506. Never in the history of Art has one painting been so admired. This is due largely to the enigmatic smile, which has caused much speculation. Although Leonardo recorded in his notebooks the records of model sittings; nowhere can any records be found of these Mona Lisa model sittings. Why is that? Who actually posed for him? Dr. Lillian Schwartz of Bell Labs suggests that Leonardo painted himself. She was able to support her theory by analyzing the facial features of Leonardo's face and that of the famous painting. She digitized both the self-portrait of the artist and the Mona Lisa. She flipped the self portrait and merged the two images together using a computer. She noticed the features of the face aligned perfectly! Draw your own conclusion.
A Most Memorable Face
" A Smile Always Will Take You to Wonderful Places"
Cute and Cuddly
My real story of the three bears.
I bear with you through thick and thin
I'm unbearably nice
How can you bear to be without me?
At the Taronga Zoo in Sidney Australia. visitors are encouraged to have their pictures taken with a koala. The first step was a thick shoulder drape which provided protection from the koala's long, curved claws. These adorable animals love eucalyuptus branches and their nose wiggles with each bite that they take. Koalas have been around for fifteen million years.
"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln
Count your age with friends but not with years.
54 Reasons Why I Lost
Many years ago while I was in the office of Chick Lang at Pimlico during Preakness week. In the office was a list of 54 Reasons why I lost the race. I was at Pimlico on another occasion with Mary Eppler and she had the same thing in her barn so I made a copy. I later gave a copy of this list to Prince Salman of the Thoroughbred Corporation at his request after a conversation that he and I had about why horses lose races. I decided to share this with the world so here are the reasons why we lost the race.
"I’VE HEARD EXCUSES"
1. THE WEIGHT WAS TOO MUCH.
2. HE HAD A BAD POST.
3. HE’LL DO BETTER NEXT TIME. HE NEEDED THE RACE.
4. THE EARLY PACE WAS TOO MUCH.
5. THE CROWD SCARED HIM.
6. HE JUMPED OVER A HOLE IN THE TRACK.
7. HE GOT PINCHED BACK AT THE TURN.
8. THE JOCKEY DID NOT RATE HIM.
9. HE WAS TOO CLOSE TO THE EARLY PACE.
10. HE LOST TOO MUCH GROUND ON THE OUTSIDE.
11. HE WAS KNOCKED OFF STRIDE COMING OUT OF THE GATE.
12. THE JOCKEY MOVED TOO SOON.
13. THE JOCKEY MOVED TOO LATE.
14. HE WAS NERVOUS.
15. HE DIDN’T LIKE THE TRACK.
16. HE WAS CLIMBING, NOT RUNNING.
17. IT WAS TOO DEEP ON THE RAIL.
18. HE WAS GIVING AWAY TOO MANY POUNDS.
19. IT WASN’T HIS DISTANCE.
20. HE WAS TRYING TO BEAR OUT ALL THE WAY.
21. HE WAS TRYING TO GET IN ALL THE WAY.
22. HE WAS BLOCKED IN THE STRETCH.
23. THE TRACK WAS TOO DEEP.
24. ANOTHER HORSE CLIPPED HIS HEELS.
25. HE AIN’T THE SAME HORSE HE WAS EARLIER.
26. HE WAS RUINED BY THE HARD TRACK HE CAME FROM.
27. HE JUST DIDN’T RUN HIS RACE.
28. THE TURNS ARE TOO SHARP.
29. HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE LEAD.
30. HE SPIT OUT THE BIT.
31. THE SADDLE SLIPPED.
32. HE LOST A SHOE.
33. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME HE’S BEEN AROUND TWO TURNS.
34. THE JOCKEY LOST HIS IRONS.
35. HE WASN’T WEARING HIS MUD CAULKS.
36. THE JOCKEY HIT HIM LEFT HANDED.
37. THE JOCKEY SHOULDN’T HAVE HIT HIM.
38. HE NEEDED A STRONGER HAND RIDE.
39. HIS SIRE WAS ONLY A SPRINTER.
40. HIS SIRE COULD ONLY WIN AT A MILE AND A HALF.
41. THE JOCKEY HAD TO TAKE HIM UP.
42. THE JOCKEY ALMOST FELL OFF.
43. THE JOCKEY DID NOT FIT HIM.
44. HE LEFT HIS RACE ON THE TRAINING TRACK.
45. HE NEEDS A REST.
46. HE WAS FRACTIOUS AT THE GATE.
47. HE NEEDS HIS RACES CLOSER TOGETHER.
48. THE ASSISTANT STARTER HELD HIS TAIL.
49. THE JOCKEY WAS ASLEEP WHEN THE GATE OPENED.
50. HE WALKED OUT OF THE GATE.
51. HE STEPPED IN A HOLE.
52. HE NEEDS BLINKERS.
53. HE RUNS BETTER WITHOUT BLINKERS.
54. HE JUST DIDN’T RUN HIS RACE TODAY.
I sent out an Email to many people who like thoroughbred horseracing to see if they could add more excuses. Here are some of the responses.
He had no shadowroll / He had a shadowroll for the first time
He couldn't see well with the cloud cover
He was preoccupied
His mind wasn't on the race
The jockey wasn't good enough for him
He was off his feed