Bloodstock Team of WinStar Farm

Sean Tugel

Director of Bloodstock Services and Assistant Racing Manager
Dedicated Team Member Since 2011
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A native of Rochester, NY, Tugel began working at Winstar as the Assistant Trainer under Richard Budge in 2011. A graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Business Management, Tugel began in the industry as a groom and hot walker for various trainers at Finger Lakes Racetrack while attending college. He also spent valuable time working for his father’s veterinary practice, Farmington Equine Associates.

Tugel moved to Lexington in 2004 and began working at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms as a night watch foaling attendant before moving up to assistant manager during his 7 ½ years with the farm. He took an equivalent position at Pauls Mill for a short time in 2010 before joining WinStar. While at Winstar, Sean has also served roles on the stallion nominations team, in yearling and breaking, and stallion divisions. Currently, Sean serves as the Director of Bloodstock Services and Assistant Racing Manager.

Liam O’Rourke

Season Sales
Dedicated Team Member Since 2017
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Liam, originally from Toronto, Ontario was introduced to horse racing at an early age making trips to Woodbine with his grandfather. He developed a keen interest in racing and began working at the racetrack while in high school. While completing his degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec Liam travelled to Lexington to intern with Juddmonte Farms and Hill’n’Dale Farms.

Upon completing his degree in Finance, Liam returned to the racetrack to work for leading trainer Brian Lynch. Liam went on to attend the Irish National Stud Course in 2008 where he won first prize in the pedigree research project. Liam remained at the National Stud after the course to prepare yearlings and work the major sales in Ireland and England.

Returning to North America, Liam spent 4 years in season sales for Adena Springs and most recently held the position of Stallion Services Manager at Millennium Farms, gaining valuable experience and developing key relationships to help him in his current role at WinStar Farm.

Chris Knehr

Stallion Sales
Dedicated Team Member Since 2018
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Originally from New Jersey, Chris pursued his business degree at Virginia Tech where he discovered his passion for horses while working on a warmblood breeding farm. Upon graduation, he completed an internship at Overbrook Farm during the breeding season learning about all aspects of equine production. Following the internship, he returned to Virginia Tech to complete a Master's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine genetics. After graduate school, Chris returned to Overbrook Farm to pursue his passion in the thoroughbred industry, where he gained valuable experience foaling mares and then moving to the position of Assistant Stallion Manager. Chris then transitioned into sales working for several consignors, building his experience with sales prep, private/public sales, market analysis, and mating recommendations. Utilizing this broad base of experience, he started his own consignment and bloodstock agency with Catalyst Bloodstock in 2010.

Chris is a supporter of Thoroughbred Aftercare and the Retired Racehorse Project. He currently lives on a small farm in Midway, KY with his wife Erin and daughters. Chris is eager to utilize his previous experiences in order to contribute to the continued successes at Winstar Farm.

Bethany Wurl

Marketing Coordinator
Dedicated Team Member Since 2012

Born in Michigan and raised in Indiana, Bethany did not have much opportunity to experience the Thoroughbred industry but always held racing close to her heart. Eager to be around horses in any way possible, Bethany joined 4-H in high school and leased a Quarter Horse which she showed in halter competitions around the state of Indiana.

Bethany had known she wanted to attend the University of Kentucky ever since she was a freshman in high school. Bethany decided to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry and immersed herself in the Horse Capital of the World: Lexington. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Equine Management and a minor in Agricultural Economics. She was president of the UK Horse Racing Club, a university club dedicated to educating and networking students in the racing industry.

Bethany first began at WinStar in October of 2012 as an intern. She interned at WinStar for over two years and during that time also interned for the Keeneland Association, in their Sales Division. She assumed her current role at WinStar in May of 2015.

Linzay Marks

Bloodstock / Client Development Assistant
Dedicated Team Member Since 2018

Raised nearby at Saxony Farm, Linzay has spent her entire life around thoroughbreds. In addition to her thoroughbred experience she has worked with polo ponies, hunter- jumpers and dressage horses. Also having an interest in art, she majored in advertising as a way to merge her art interests with horses. While in school she advanced her photography skills serving as the photographer for the New Orleans Polo Club. After graduating from LSU she worked for Orchard Hill Polo for a season, before securing an internship with the ad agency The Bell Group, where she worked for nearly 5 years. While at The Bell Group Linzay had the opportunity to work for the Saratoga Special racing publication for two race meets. She also spent time with PM Advertising where she became familiar with the WinStar brand, Woodspring Farm and Charlie LoPresti Racing.