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William Schettine

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 Biography and Highlights:  
  • Owner(s): Signature Stallions
  • Born: 1951 in Sandusky, Ohio and grew up in Wellsville, New York
  • Residence: Florida but maintains homes in various parts of the country
  • Family: children Angela, James, Alex and Ross
  • Professional Background: In the energy business (natural gas transmission pipelines), manufacturing, real estate and mining. Founding president of Skibeck Pipeline, in Bellevue, Washington, now under parent Puget Inc. 
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  • Racing Career: Most of his horses are based at the track with trainer Greg Sacco or at Red Oak Farm with brother Rick Sacco … Schettine has 35 to 40 horses. ... Purchased Greg Sacco-trained Piscitelli for $60,000 at the 2009 OBS April 2-year-old sale. The promising juvenile has raced at three tracks in four starts, scoring a third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) on his way to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile ... Another top juvenile in 2009 is Zip Quik, who cost a bit more when trainer Patrick Biancone spent $320,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sale for him ... Schettine races him in partnership with Flying Zee Stable, Kona Stable, and Michael Imperio. Zip Quik has run in five races, four of them stakes, and has a pair of runner-up finishes in the Saratoga Special (G2) and Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3) ... Schettine purchased his first horses in 1998 at Keeneland … Under the name Select Stables he purchased Take Charge Lady in utero, paying $42,000 for her dam, Felicita, by Rubiano … Take Charge Lady is the only female to capture Keeneland's premiere race for juvenile fillies (2001 Alcibiades), 3-year-old fillies (2002 Ashland), and older fillies and mares (2002 and 2003 Spinster Stakes). In all three years, she used those races as preps to the Breeders' Cup, and in all three attempts (2001 Juvenile Fillies, 2002 and 2003 Distaff) she finished sixth … Other stakes winners that Schettine has bred and/or owned include Texas Glitter, Straight Man, Wage a Penny, Unbridled Time, Boston Twist, Prince Alphie, Bachelor Blues, So Much More, Lead By Example and Governor Brown
  • Breeding/Racing Operation:  In 2003, he purchased the former DunHill Stud near Ocala, Fla. and renamed it Signature Stallions ... Signature stands seven stallions for 2010, including top Florida sire Straight Man and Chapel Royal, purchased from Coolmore in 2009 … Previously owned an adjacent training center but sold that in 2005 …  Schettine had assembled a top broodmare band but sold many of them in 2003 to Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm … Schettine purchased a half-interest in Shakespeare from Dell Ridge Farm as a 2-year-old in 2003. He became Schettine’s second Breeders’ Cup starter in the 2005 Turf. The son of Theatrical went into the Turf undefeated, suffering a tendon injury in his first career loss ... Came back after a 21-month layoff to win two races including the 2007 Woodbine Mile ... Another tendon injury prior to the 2007 Breeders' Cup forced Shakespeare into retirement after a career that spanned four years yet only included eight races. He stands at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington.

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