California horseman Tom Mansor, who campaigned former Preakness starter Uncle Lino and grade stakes winner Big Macher, recently purchased an 88-acre thoroughbred farm in Hemet, California. Formerly known as EF1 Farm, Mansor took possession of the farm after the previous tenant went out of business.
Mansor hit the ground running when he took over the operation. He entered into a partnership agreement with Blue Chip Thoroughbreds to manage the farm. In addition to remodeling the barns, Mansor has upgraded the facility significantly. He recently replaced all the plumbing, re-established the farm as a training center, upgraded the training track, and remodeled the resident on the premises.
“It all happened so fast I didn’t have much time to think about it,” joke Mansor.
Mansor’s plan is to have 30 yearlings, 30 race horses, and plenty of layups to support the operation. Currently, Mansor and Blue Chip own 50-plus horses together, including 37 yearlings, 16 horses of racing age, and seven broodmares.
The farm has seen it’s share of controversy over the last few years. Nadine Anderson, who operated the farm for three or four years, was recently sanctioned by The Jockey Club for using artificial insemination to produce thoroughbred race horses. The Jockey Club rules and regulations strictly forbid such practice. Additionally, the most recent tenant, EF1 Farm, recently went out of business after a partnership with Andy Stronach fell apart. EF1 Farm and its owner, Eric Yohan, has left a litany of bills behind and a legacy of mistrust throughout the thoroughbred industry.
“We don’t care about what happened there before us,” said Mansor. “We are pumping new life into the facility and are very excited for the opportunity to do so. We expect big things from our sale division and, as usual, we are looking forward to winning some big races.”
Mansor was recently the leading buyer by number of horses purchased at the CTBA January Sale.