NY stable thinks outside the box in planning for horse retirement
Off-Track Thoroughbreds blog spotlights a small New York racing stable with a big idea. Mosaic Racing Stable cross-trains its horses with two goals in mind: to run a race and simultaneously prepare for other disciplines after retirement.
A case in point is Circuitous, who put in 90 days of training at the track and will head for Belmont in the next few weeks to work with trainer James Jerkins. But in addition to his regular training, Circuitous has simultaneously been going on trail rides, learning to step over ground poles on a polo field, and learning to canter beautifully on the field as well as breeze brilliantly on the track.
The point, according to Mosaic managing partner Monica Driver, is to create happy, well-rounded horses who enjoy their work at the track but will also appeal to the kind of rider who may want to purchase them when their racing careers end.
“I’m such an animal person that when I first thought of making money from an animal, I wasn’t sure about it,” Driver said. “I’ve seen horses that have been messed up by bad decisions and trainers.
“With this, I’m quite comfortable. I can look at Circuitous and see how happy he is. Every morning he shows us that he can’t wait to get out there and do what he loves. He loves to run.”