Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Rick Schosberg

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Barn 9 way back behind the main track’s kitchen and almost to Greentree has been home to trainer Rick Schosberg’s horses for the better part of 25 years – Maria’s Mon, Affirmed Success, Pentatontic, Mossflower, Giant Moon and so on. He no longer fills it up, but he’s still there with a string of eight ranging from a homebred with a regal pedigree to 2-year-olds with potential. (Originally published in Aug. 5 issue of The Saratoga Special)

“This is it right now,” he said with a nod toward the eight-horse string. “Over the course of the next 12 months, we’re going to build up our stock. We’ve got some things in the fire and hopefully we’ll start increasing our power. I don’t think I’ll ever be as big as I was when I had this whole barn filled, but we’ve got some horses with potential and some things coming along.”

When he’s not training, Schosberg helps manage the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Take The Lead program for retired racehorses. It’s a cause he believes in, and works at, with the goal of identifying and facilitating horses for second careers while that possibility is still viable.

“Our main focus is the horses that are on the track that don’t need to run that one more race, don’t need to try that one more workout,” he said. “We want to get them before they need the sanctuary. We want purposeful retirement and I think the message is really getting out there.”

Schosberg’s Saratoga horses are still in their first career, and he grabbed the feed cart and started introducing them to The Special’s Joe Clancy Sunday morning.

Riendo: Edition Farm’s homebred 4-year-old came through with a wild win here July 21 in a New York-bred allowance. Son of Kitten’s Joy sports a chestnut coat, white face and a big personality. Lost a dozen starts before breaking maiden at Aqueduct in April, but has now won two of his last five (with a second and a third) and earned $101,335. “The hero of the group. He won a very, very difficult allowance race. It was like bumper cars. He took absolutely forever to learn to be a racehorse. He couldn’t figure it out, the jocks couldn’t figure him out. (Owner) Vivien Malloy is so patient and loves this horse. We sent him to Tampa for the winter, just because he needed to run and keep learning. I was hoping he wouldn’t win because the purses aren’t great for him. He’s a New York-bred and he should run in New York. He learned a little bit, the blinkers helped. He came to New York, won immediately. He’s had one bad race since he’s come back (a sixth July 4). I felt bad for the jock (Reylu Gutierrez) because the horse’s head weighs about a thousand pounds and when he saw daylight he just made this middle move that was ridiculous and of course faded. Kendrick Carmouche wanted another shot with him and said, ‘I’m going to get him covered up.’ He runs really well covered up. Even when he’s out jogging, if he doesn’t have a horse in front of him, he’s going to jog like a jughead. If there’s a horse in front of hm, he’ll relax and jog right behind him. The race here, we get an inside post, we get him covered up and they go :26 (for the first quarter) and they’re tripping over each other. His head was over the inner rail because there was a horse in front of him and there was no room. He got him outside about half-a-mile from the finish line and against a glacially slow pace he got up in the last jump. I was so pleased for him and for Mrs. Malloy to win a race up here is great. That’s what she lives for.”

Oneshotatforever: Clear Stars Stable’s 2-year-old Mineshaft colt cost $77,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s 2-year-old sale in May, after bringing $27,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s October sale and has yet to race. New York-bred did his early work with Clovis Crane in Pennsylvania. “I absolutely love him. He popped a little split at Belmont about three weeks before the meet here. That’s calmed down now. He’s a beautiful-moving horse. He went a little quarter-mile this morning and I think he galloped out in :37 and change. He’s put on a little weight and he’s doing well.”

Bulwark: Edition Farm homebred 3-year-old Hard Spun colt finished fifth in his debut here July 18. The bay gelding was a $120,000 RNA at Fasig-Tipton’s New York-bred sale here two years ago. Half-brother to Awesome News, who won nine races (six for Schosberg and Black Swan Stable). “He broke bad, made up a lot of ground and finished fifth going 5 1/2 (furlongs), which is probably a mile shorter than what he wants. He’s that kind of horse. He’s very big and will be OK. Kendrick stayed with him and he picked up horses late and galloped out really well.”

Royal Inheritance: Five-year-old mare owned by Schosberg’s orthopedist Dr. Herb Sherry and Five Ways Farm has earned $274,167, but is winless in four starts since being claimed here last summer. She was second off the claim at Belmont, then placed in a stakes at Finger Lakes before getting a winter break. She makes her first start since December in Thursday’s second race. “She threw in some bad races and we laid her up. She’s making her first start off the little break. And her owner Dr. Sherry is very worried about my knee.”

Tapin Through Life: Bred and owned by Schosberg’s mother Jane, 5-year-old mare is still looking for her first win, but is making progress with a fourth and a third with Bill Mott in Florida this winter. Her dam Sunshine For Life won a Grade 3 and earned $221,700 for the Schosbergs. “She’s by Tapit so that makes her talented and very difficult. She looks just like Rusty Arnold’s filly (Awestruck) that ran in the sprint stakes the other day, other than that filly is accomplished and this filly still hasn’t broken her maiden. She got in a ton of trouble in her first start (in Florida) and got beat like a length and then she ran back and was third. Those were good races. She went to the farm for a couple months and is back training now. She’s going to be white before she breaks her maiden, and my hair’s going to be white too.”

Mary’s Girl: Owned by Clear Stars and Schosberg, 3-year-old filly is named for racing fan and artist Mary Chamberlain, who has cerebral palsy and worked at Saratoga Race Course for years as a greeter. She’s perhaps the world’s biggest Mike Smith fan, and connected with Clear Stars through artist Mike Geraghty. “Her” horse, a 3-year-old Shanghai Bobby filly purchased at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s May sale last year, owns a win in 12 starts and has earned just shy of $100,000. “She’s one of those middle-distance horses. We ran her 6 furlongs here the other day and she got beat 4 lengths. She ran out of racetrack and the next race is going to be a little farther for her. She’s got all her conditions, she chips away and has made a lot of money really. She’s got a wonderful personality. Mary comes in here in her motorized wheelchair and she doesn’t bat an eye. She’s a sweetheart. It’s pretty cool to be part of.”

Hurricane Dorene: Unraced 2-year-old Gemologist filly cost Clear Stars $92,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s May sale and is nearing her debut off two works at Saratoga including three-eighths from the gate in :36.88 July 25. “She’s absolutely terrific. She’s close to getting her gate card, breezed a couple of times up here nicely and really moved forward since she got to Saratoga. We’re probably looking to get a gate card sometime this week.”

Shamrock Kid: Four-year-old Dublin colt has won two this year while running his career earnings to $136,352. The Dublin gelding won at Belmont Park in May and was claimed by Schosberg and Clear Stars for $30,000. He won his first start for the new barn in June, and was seventh behind T Loves A Fight going 6 1/2 furlongs here July 14. Schosberg would like to find a longer race, and thought he had it July 25. “I had him in on the grass because he’s run second a couple of times and it’s hard to get a long race to go on the dirt here. Zero percent chance of rain, I changed his shoes from dirt to turf at 9 in the morning. At 1 in the afternoon, the zero percent chance went to a hundred percent and we had an inch of rain. I flew over here, found one blacksmith, went to the ATM to pay him because he’s not my normal blacksmith and I paid him to put dirt shoes back on him. We went from 20-1 on the turf to about 8-5 on the dirt because he really likes it wet. And five minutes after we tacked that last nail in there, they canceled racing. Not our best moment. When they took it off the turf I was like (rubs hands together) and all we did was get soaked. The new (condition) book comes out tonight and I’m looking for anything he’s eligible for. I’d love to run him a mile-and-an-eighth on a wet track.”