January 2019 Member of the Month:
Marley’s Freedom in the Winner’s Circle after the Ballerina Stakes
hatting on the phone from Santa Anita Park, Ron Perry peppers his conversation with business metaphors and musical analogies. His enthusiasm speaks volumes of his esteem for those who choose to work with their Thoroughbreds and their Cicero Farms. Perry and wife Barbara Ranck-Perry rose to prominence in 2018 by racing two-time Eclipse Award finalist Marley’s Freedom.
“I look on this business as nothing but music on four legs,” Perry observed. On the recommendation of bloodstock agent Davant Latham, the Perrys attended the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale. They scooped up three fillies, whom they dubbed the “three little birds” after a Bob Marley song, to suit their stallion He Be Fire N Ice. The filly trio included a daughter of Blame, foaled and consigned by Joe Seitz’s Brookdale Sales, whom the Perrys bought for $35,000. She came to be known as Marley’s Freedom.