Suzanne began her career at EQUIX in 1986 and is committed to helping owners buy and breed Thoroughbreds that have a statistically higher chance to be successful racehorses. EQUIX distinguishes itself from conventional bloodstock agencies by incorporating scientific measurement data into the art of selecting yearlings and two-year-olds and to planning matings.
Considered one of the most knowledgeable bloodstock advisors in the industry, Suzanne’s eye for balance, body structure, and conformation is backed by 30 years of scientific research in equine motion, biomechanics, cardio efficiency, and genetics. This unique combination helps identify superior racing prospects and make educated mating decisions to maximize a client’s investment potential. In addition to spearheading EQUIX’s selection and field work, she applies her unique knowledge of biomechanics to evaluate horses based on the results of EQUIX’s computer programs. She is supported by Equine Analysts Fletcher Mauk and Brendan Heeney.
Suzanne has worked with a number of high-profile EQUIX clients over the years. She has served as an advisor to Eugene Melnyk and his Winding Oaks Farm since 1998, and helped identify many of his most successful racehorses, including Grade 1 winners Flower Alley, Harmony Lodge, Bishop Court Hill, and Pool Land; Grade 2 winners Strong Hope, Indian Vale, and Harlington; and many other stakes winners. When the operation turned to breeding, EQUIX provided OptiMatch data for the Winding Oaks mares. Melnyk colorbears include Canadian-bred champions Sealy Hill, Marchfield, and Roxy Gap; GSWs Bridgetown, James Street, Sterwins, Leigh Court, Gemswick Park; SWs Barracks Road, Carem Crescent, Clement Rock, and many others.
Mr. Melnyk has been ranked among the top five leading owners and breeders in North America for several years. He was honored with a Sovereign Award for Leading Owner and Leading Breeder in Canada in 2009. He was also honored as Outstanding Owner of the Year in 2005 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as Leading Owner that same year.
Other EQUIX clients she has worked with and selected horses for over the years include:
William L. Clifton, Jr., who campaigned Grade 1 winners Tizway, Behrens, Will’s Way, plus other Graded earners Kitty in a Tizzy, Hostess, Solitaire, Pleasant Breeze, Fortuitous, Transcendental, O.K. by Me, and Nevermore.
Robert and Lawana Low, who raced and/or bred G1SW Capote Belle and G1 Kentucky Derby placed Steppenwolfer, along with Graded performers Posse, Real Cozzy, Green Fee, and All for Thee. More recent SWs are Zapper Belle, Agent di Nozzo, and Ha Ha Tonka.
Selections for Jim and Susan Hill include GSWs Solid Appeal, Go Blue or Go Home, Tizahit, Canadian classic winner Miami Deco, SW Lemon Splendor, MGSP Grand Arch, GSP Monty’s Best, MSP City Trooper, and MSP Platinum Exchange.
Selections for Robert Bartels include millionaire and GSW Shadowbdancing, MSW Bluesbdancing, and SP Readybdancing.
Silverton Hill Farm’s Grade 1 winner Dominican and GSP Sedgefield made an entry in the 2007 Kentucky Derby; and they also raced GSP winner St. Joe.
EQUIX’s OptiMatch breeding program assisted these clients, and many others, with their mating selections:
Bonner Young of Bonner Farm bred and raced G1 SW Bit of Whimsy, along with G1 SWs Miss Josh and Royal Mountain Inn, G2 SW Caroline Thomas, and G3 SWs Highland Crystal and Highland Springs. SP Sky Blazer and SP Mills have also carried her colors in recent added money events.
Monticule, breeder of Champion Big Brown, also bred GSWs Prussian, Joe Vann, and Dijeerr; and SWs Isn’t He Clever, Sharp Writer, Glenwood Canyon, Queen of the Creek, Arch Traveler, Sky’s Goldmaker, and others.
Robert Harvey owned and bred Hollinger, Sovereign Award winner for Champion 2yo in Canada, and bred GSW Bickersons, and GSP Dancehall Deelites.
Bill Geist’s Woodbridge Farm bred GSWs Wilburn, Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata, and Bevo, and other stakes performers.
Siena Farm-bred stakes performers include: SW Alaura Michelle, MSW Outside Nashville, GSP Dewey Square, GSP Private Ensign, GSP Elnaawi, SP Anna Sophia, and SP South Floyd.
Richard Rudolph’s breeding program focused on Illinois-breds and he had great success with OptiMatch, producing: SW Deposit Express and her offspring MSW Magnetic Miss, SW/MSP Royal Express, and SW Hydro Power. He also bred GSW Stonehouse, MSW/GSP San Pedro, SW Freeway Ticket, and GSP Castlewood.
Duke Burris’s foundation mare Goldspell, produced SW Bashful Charmer and her other daughter, Lovethespell, produced SW/GSP Cool Spell (dam of SW Coarsegold), SW Our Double Play, and GSP Presto Change O.