very summer at Big Oak we try to have at least one major project. This year we tore down and replaced about 2,500 running feet of wood fencing. My good friend Matt Taylor,FNP, calls it THE NEVER ENDING FENCE. Thanks to very good workers the past several years we have managed to get a lot accomplished. These include Taylor Phillips, Mason Montgomery, Austin Craig (aka Scooter Bob), Garrett Beyer (aka Tater Tot), Bud Davis, Jesus Solis Ayala, Megan Guntharp (Cell phone expert) and Ben Moore (Head of Security).
Yearling colts by KY Derby winner Orb (3), Tapiture, and Jimmy Creed are enjoying the cooler temps today.
Big Oak Farms purchased this nice Quality Road colt at the Keeneland November 2016 weanling sale for $1,500, resold him two days later to Tony Cummings of Boston, MA for $5,000. Tony, in turn, resold him in the next year's Keeneland September yearling sale to trainer Mike Neatherlin for $90,000. Now named Father Bryan, he scored impressively at Louisiana Downs, August 19, 2019. Someone wasn't paying attention the first time he sold.
Congratulations to the connections of Union Ride and his sharp win at Los Alamitos Racecourse. This young son of Candy Ride was purchased as a Keeneland September yearling by Big Oak Farms and sold to Mr. David Smith and friends. He is now scheduled to make his next start at Del Mar Racecourse against some of the major California players. Visit our website, www.bigoakfarms.net, to pick your next winner.
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.
Get your next winner at www.bigoakfarms.net.
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.