“I was exposed to horses at a very early age and have always loved them,” said Terry Lovingier, owner of Lovacres Ranch.
Terry, together with his father Russ and brother Dan, bought a ranch outside Waco, Tex., and started breeding Quarter Horses for the commercial market. The Texas Ranch was sold. Terry and his dad moved their horses to property they owned in Murrieta, Calif. It became the nucleus of Lovacres Ranch, which now encompasses over 500 acres. Instead of Quarter Horses, however, the property is now home to three Thoroughbred stallions and several dozen mares and foals.
Lovingier fully transitioned into Thoroughbreds in 2001 when he bought Nineeleven and went into breeding. By the good stallion phone Trick, Nineeleven was produced from the California-bred Survive, a multiple graded named in her honor at Santa Anita Park.
Around the same time, he also acquired Rio Verde from trainer Bobby Frankel and retired him to Lovacres Ranch. A son of the influential Nureyev out of a top-producing Riverman mare, Rio Verde won or placed in eight of 11 starts and ran second in the 1996 Prix Point du Jour in France for career earning of $86,192.
Between 50 and 100 foals are born at Lovacres Ranch every year. Being primarily a commercial breeder, Lovingier sells most of the horses he breeds but has raced many of his homebreds in small partnership. The babies get their early schooling on Lovacres’ six-furlong training track. It is not at all surprising that they get to the track ready to race and frequently break their maidens at first asking.