Quality.  Value.  Integrity.
Taproot Bloodstock, LLC is a full-service bloodstock agency that stands on these words, and our results speak to it.

Why Taproot Bloodstock?

The Money Monster


  • Almost one-third of client advised purchases have made it to the stakes level.
  • Phil has played a major role in selecting yearlings that were later resold as two-year-olds for $1.7M, $1.25M, etc.


  • Since 2005, horses purchased for racing have carried a gross positive return on investment when compared to purse earnings, actual resale value and/or appraised value.
  • Since 2008, client weanling and yearling purchases for resale have managed an outstanding 93% net rate of return; which includes all boarding and resale expenses.
  • Phil understands the market, because he participates in it himself. Since he began buying horses, he has maintained an overall 49% net rate of return on his own breeding, pinhooking, and racing investments.


  • Phil has expanded his bloodstock business mostly through word-of-mouth referrals. His growing list of clients include some of the most well respected trainers, racing stables, and farms in the game. Here is what they have to say about Phil:


“Phil has a good eye for a horse and is knowledgeable about pedigrees, his integrity is beyond reproach, a great combination for long term success.”

— Bill Mott

"Phil joined Crestwood Farm having been raised in the industry by a good horse family, with a strong endorsement from his then current employer David Ingordo. Phil’s passion for the game enabled him to quickly contribute, helping us land and sell seasons for the likes of Grade 1 winners GET STORMY, TEXAS RED, and other Crestwood Stallions.  All the while, Phil steadily sharpened his eye, helping Crestwood purchase multiple graded stakes winners for our racing clients. Phil’s ability and integrity have enabled him to steadily build his bloodstock business—routinely working with some of the biggest operations in our industry— while simultaneously keeping close the interests and confidence of his clients."

— Pope McLean Jr
Crestwood Farm

"I first met Phil Hager with the launch of Get Stormy’s stud career at Crestwood. He is an outstanding horseman with impeccable integrity. His organizational skills at the sales grounds along with a keen eye for a horse have been very helpful to me."

— Tom Bush

"My experience with Donegal Racing is that more eyes are better than just a few eyes when decisions are being made at the sales. And a good eye is a precious commodity. Phil Hager is a valuable partner on our sales team. Bill Mott first called Phil to my attention as someone he thought had a bright future in the bloodstock business and Bill has seen a few come and go. We value Phil's candor and honesty and we know others would too."

— Jerry Crawford
Donegal Racing.

"Phil Hager and the team helped us enter the business, stood with us as we bought our first horses, all of which made their way to the starting gate and also the winner’s circle. He acted as our guide, our counsel and agent. He’s stayed connected to our stable, helping us navigate the path from the sales ring to racetrack. As we have learned and grown in the sport, Phil has provided the insight and experience that has elevated our aspirations and our success. Phil is honest. He is incredibly hard working. He is also an exceptional horseman. We are very fortunate to work with him."

— Bill Crager
Buttonwood and Staghawk Stables

"Phil has purchased several horses for me including stakes winner, Nine Route. He is very knowledgeable and professional in all that he does."

— Bill Parcells
August Dawn Farm

"Phil has quietly helped shortlist yearlings for me on several occasions. I have discovered him to have a good eye and he has been very beneficial to our process!"

— George Isaacs
Bridlewood Farm

"I have worked the Kentucky breeding stock sales with Phil Hager in search of broodmares for Ballylinch. I have found Phil to be a very knowledgeable and helpful young man. He is a good judge of both pedigrees and physicals and I would be happy to work with Phil again in the future."

— John O’Connor
Ballylinch Stud

"In my opinion Phil is one of the best young judges of a horse in the game. He has accomplished a lot for his age, and does it all with humility. His reputation, experience and work ethic will ensure him much success going forward."

— Mike Ryan
Bloodstock Agent

"Phil grew up in a good horse family and is different than a lot of bloodstock agents. He’s just a hard-working, honest horseman that truly cares about his clients."

— Donnie Snellings
Denali Stud

"As a small thoroughbred breeder, I have come to rely on the insights and advice from Phil in decisions from planned matings to commercial sales to racing prospects. His comprehensive attention to detail and disciplined approach with evaluations of bloodstock have made him an integral part of my farm operation as a trusted advisor"

— Stuart Brown DVM
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

"I have known Phil since he was in high school. He worked on the Saratoga Stable crew for several years, and also completed an internship with us while in college. He has characteristics essential for success in the Thoroughbred industry: 1) Integrity; 2) Horsemanship; and 3) an outstanding work ethic."

— Boyd Browning


Phil Hager is a third-generation horseman who participates in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. From an early age he started working with horses at his family’s Idle Hour Farm in Paris, Kentucky. After breeding his first stakes horse at age 17, he has been responsible for breeding and buying many others since. He has worked hands on for some of the top industry professionals in the game, such as; Bill Mott, David Ingordo, Gainesway Farm, Crestwood Farm, Fasig-Tipton, Chris Cahill DVM CVA, Eaton Sales, and more. Phil’s well-rounded education and strong industry connections make him confident in helping clients achieve their racing, breeding, and/or sales objectives.

Phil Hager
Daily Hips People  on Sept. 15, 2015, at Keeneland September yearling sales in Lexington, Ky.



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