Trigger Warning returns to winning form today in the $250,000 Steel Valley Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley Racecourse. Congratulations to owners Brinley Stables LLC on their win and successful purchase of this outstanding Candy Ride son from Big Oak Farms.
Trigger Warning is ready to roll in Saturday's Breeder's Cup Dirt Mile after a disastrous trip in the Travers Stakes. Check the photo below to see the flying shoe after being grabbed by Gronkowski.
This is a G1 race with a purse of $1M.
Post time is 12:15 Central. On NBC Sports channel Dish159 or DirecTV 220.
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Owner Jim Thompson always shows up when his prized 3-year-old colt, Trigger Warning, runs “all around the country.” There were races everywhere from New Mexico to Louisiana — under three trainers’ care — before the Ohio resident Thompson paired the son of Candy Ride with a home state conditioner.
Since then, Michael Rone, a trainer on a lengthy journey of his own, has brought the best out of Trigger Warning, the former $6,000 auction purchase who was a head away from winning last Saturday’s $500,000 Indiana Derby.
“I don’t hide nothing,” Rone said, “because my past performances make me the man that I am today.”
A trainer now for more than a decade, and a blacksmith before that, Rone said he’s “hit rock bottom twice” due to alcoholism. In a tale familiar to racing — think of the Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day — Rone credits finding his faith for helping him pick up the pieces.
He also hopes others can learn from it.
“The good Lord above’s got a handle on this outfit,” said Rone, who’s on pace for his most lucrative year ever, already with mounts having earned in excess of $450,000 from 44 starts, according to Equibase. All of last year, Rone’s runners tallied $617,000 in 117 starts.
The development of Trigger Warning — he also ran third at lofty 86-1 odds in the $500,000 Ohio Derby — has certainly helped.
Congratulations to our client, Brinley Stables, on the win tonight by their star colt TRIGGER WARNING in the $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in PA. This nice Candy Ride colt was selected and purchased by Big Oak Farms out of the 2016 Keeneland September sale.
Tony Cummins of Boston sold $5,000 weanling for $95,000 Sept. 20.
A self-professed "horse fanantic" who decided to take a chance in the horse business hit paydirt Sept. 20, selling a Quality Road yearling for $95,000 that he privately paid $5,000 for last year.
Boston native Tony Cummins bought the colt from Aaron Loden and Tracey Caudill of Watershed Equine. The colt, out of the stakes-placed Bold Executive mare On the Podium, was bred by Sienna Farm and was a $1,500 Keeneland November sale weanling (purchased by Big Oak Farm). The colt was boarded and prepped for the September sale at Watershed.
"I did a little research and I really liked Quality Road, so I got the horse checked out and the horse looked good, so I took a chance," Cummins said. "Quality Road stands at Lane's End, so I called the farm and luckily they looked at the horse and liked what they saw and they said they'd consign it."
Michael Neatherlin signed the ticket for $95,000 for the colt consigned as Hip 2987.
Cummins became quite attached to his first purchase.
"You worry in case they get hurt, but everything has worked out," he said.
The Irishman, who works for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, also named the colt Father Bryan.
"The horse is named for a very good friend of mine who is a pastor in Boynton Beach, Fla.," the 56-year-old Cummins said. "We've been close for 30 years."
Cummins said he'll return in November to scour the grounds for another weanling.
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Big Oak Farms gets it’s first win from the newest member of the racing stable, Edgy. Edgy goes gate to wire to score at Louisiana Downs to get his Maiden win. With this name who could not help but cheer for the big gelding.
Another win for Forest Dancer. She survived the Tupelo tornado and the destruction of the Tim Edge barn and is now a multiple winner in Louisiana. Another Big Oak Farms graduate!
Recent Santa Anita winner My Sweet Afleet, purchased as a yearling by Big Oak Farms, broken here, and sold privately. As it turns out, her younger sister, Enchanting Lady, is now a multiple stakes winner and trained by Bob Baffert.