After Weathering An Early Storm, Kintz Makes Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Debut

Scott Kintz rolled out the debut consignment from his Six K’s Training and Sales at just about the worst possible time.

After nearly three decades in the Thoroughbred industry, he hung his own shingle for the first time at the 2020 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale – the one that took place while the world started shutting down around it in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when there were plenty of questions and very few answers, averages sunk and buyback rates skyrocketed at the March sale. Things didn’t get much easier for the rest of the 2-year-old season as schedules shifted, sales were canceled, and several end-users circled their financial wagons as we all tried to figure out how long this thing was going to stick around.

It’s been a long 14 months since that initial sale, but Kintz enters another first for his consignment in an entirely different marketplace.

The 2-year-old market is largely back to the record-setting pace it was cruising at in 2019, the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the U.S., and Six K’s appears in the catalog for the first time at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

For Kintz, surviving to the point where he can blaze new trails with his consignment was a victory in and of itself. Even if the start of it came in the midst of historically significant times, he wouldn’t take it back.

“I couldn’t have been happier,” Kintz said about his first year with Six K’s. “I’m so glad I did it. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I finally just decided to do it. Yes, it was a terrible time, but I figured if I live through it, I’ll just be better for it when it’s all said and done, and that’s how it’s been. I’ve been very blessed to have clients that have stuck with us and gave us another shot, and we’ve kind of paid them back by doing better this year. I think we’re turning out horses that are happy, sound, and ready to go.”

The Six K’s operation may still be in its relative infancy, but Kintz’s experience in the industry runs deep.

The Reddick, Fla., resident is a third-generation horseman who worked as a public trainer in Florida and the Midwest for five years, with his biggest success being the Ohio-bred stakes winner Ambridge Augie. He then rooted himself in Kentucky to join the Taylor Made Farm operation, where he spent over a decade as farm manager.

After his time with Taylor Made, he spent five years as the general manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds’ Florida wing, then he spent two years as farm manager for Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm.

Kintz formally announced the formation of Six K’s Training and Sales in the summer of 2019, starting with the other parts of his business – breaking, layups, rehab, and bloodstock consultancy among them – before he debuted the consignment in the spring of 2020.

More than anything, Kintz said the decision to leave the security of working for someone else and fly his own banner came down to family, on several different levels.

“It was just time,” he said. “My kids were grown and gone, and it was just simpler, and it’s an easier time to do it. I’ve only got one son at home now, and the rest of the kids are on their own and doing their thing.

“My son Nick, who is my assistant, worked for me at Woodford (as yearling manager), and he’d gone and done a couple other things,” Kintz continued. “He was actually at Double Diamond at the time (working as assistant broodmare manager) I’d made the decision. I could tell that was going to be his career, in the horse business, so it just seemed like the right time to go try it. We’ve been surviving, and that’s all you can do.”

Kintz was one-for-one during Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale, selling Hip 123, a New York-bred Tiznow filly out of the Forestry mare Queen Amira, to for $120,000.

His consignment is small this year. He’s got one more selling during Tuesday’s session, a first-crop Gormley colt, but Kintz said he didn’t plan on his first trip to the Midlantic sale under his own shingle to be his last.

“Next year, I hope to bring more,” he said. “I entered more than I brought. They just didn’t quite get here. Next year, the plan is to bring more up here. I think it’s been a really good experience. They get plenty of people out here, and Fasig is always a great company to sell with.”

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