Abby Adsit always knew where she belonged. In the early days as a child, her fellow schoolgirls dreamed of becoming a fairy princess. She, being from a horsey family that lived in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. pictured herself as a horse trainer.
As she got older, into adolescence and later as a student pursuing a degree at Union College in nearby Schenectady, Adsit was certain she'd one day trade reading Shakespeare for Daily Racing Form.
Life as a trainer of Thoroughbreds was a life Adsit wanted. The foundation and fundamentals came from her father, Eric Adsit, a Standardbred trainer in the Northeast. The polish and more knowledge came from Linda Rice, one of New York's most successful conditioners and the perfect role model for a female trainer trying to break into the game.
Adsit took out her license in January, sent out her first starter Feb. 1, and collected her first and second victories last Friday and Saturday when Giant Indian won at Aqueduct and Miss Mexique scored at Parx Racing, respectively. Her stable now numbers 10 thanks to claiming and winning an eight-way shake after the second race Wednesday at Keeneland Race Course for the 3-year-old Tapit filly Tape It for $20,000.
"That brings me to 10," Adsit said from New York just minutes after winning the shake. "I started with one in January and now I've got ten."
She's also got five owners, one of which is a partnership of four on one horse, and plenty of other support.
"They're great, really nice people," Adsit said. "The Kallenbergs [Jeffrey and Randolph], owners of my first winner Giant Indian, have been great and of course my mother Jean Adst and father Eric Adsit, they believed in me, supported me to take the initial jump. Now that I did it everything fell into place."
A 26-year-old graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, Adsit galloped during summer vacations growing up, starting first with Rick Violette and later worked for Rice.
Even though she always knew a career with horses was in the cards, Adsit went to nearby Union to get some "education instilled" to be better prepared for the rigors of the industry. She officially earned a bachelor of arts in English and unofficially earned a masters in racing working for Rice.
"My two main sources are my father and Linda," Adsit said. "My father taught me all about horse soundness, maintenance. Linda taught me about the Thoroughbred game, managing a wide amount of horses, how to deal with owners, the business aspects of being a trainer. She was a good mentor as well as a friend. It complimented what I learned from my father, who brought me up with an excellent horse background."
Now with a couple victories from seven starters through Wednesday-Adsit entered Lurabell in the fifth race Thursday at Aqueduct-she will embark on her next goal. It's a lofty one, but one fitting a young trainer with such a suitable foundation.
"I want to keep building my barn and hopefully be a force on the NYRA circuit," Adsit said. "I don't want to limit myself, and will race other places, but I want to be a prominent force here in New York. Obviously the ultimate goal is to have graded stakes winners, Derby horses, et cetera. That's all part of it."