‘David’ Vs. Goliath: One-Horse Trainer Wins With Mare He Bred

by | 02.16.2019 | 3:20pm
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

David Randall accomplished a racing rarity Friday at Santa Anita. He ran every horse in his barn and won with all of them.

Catch is, the 66-year-old trainer has only one horse, a five-year-old mare he also bred named Kaydetre, who broke her maiden in Friday's first race, leading throughout the one mile test taken off the turf and run on the main track.

A massive overlay at 6-1 on the morning line, Kaydetre won by three-parts of a length under Brice Blanc and paid $50.40 to win, earning a handsome $33,000 for Randall, who also owns the old gray mare, bred in Kentucky by David and his wife, Vida.

Randall's nom de course is Ranch Runners Ltd. Inc., named for the horse transportation company he formerly operated. The horse is named for Golden State Warriors' superstar Kevin Durante (kay-de-tre), formerly of the Oklahoma Thunder.

“We're big fans,” said Randall, a native of Billings, Montana. “My grandson, Mino Solomon, was in charge of ticket sales for the Oklahoma Thunder and now holds a similar position with the Los Angeles Rams.”

Randall, popular with his peers on the backstretch, got his trainer's license in 1980 after running his horse transportation business for several years. Congratulations were the order of the day Saturday morning after Kaydetre's victory.

“I had one horse before Kaydetre, and that was her sister,” Randall pointed out. “I had one horse before that, and it was her mom. I like having one horse to mess with and enjoy. I don't want all those headaches.

“I had to lay up Kaydetre a couple times because she had some problems, but time is a great friend when you've got problems. She gets really game on the front end. That's where she wants to be and they weren't going to catch her yesterday.”

Though he's in his comfort zone with numbers now, Randall's stable could double at any time. “I have a two-year-old out of Kaydetre's sister, an Arch mare, and she's back in foal,” Randall said, “but I'm just taking it one at a time with something I can afford.

“You get horse-poor and it's not fun then. You get too many bills. I've retired from the vanning business so this is enough.

“It's exciting to win, especially when you've bred the horse and bred their mom; it's a family thing. That's my joy, breed them and develop them to reach their potential.

“I've been doing this a lot of years, just enjoying the life at the race track. We'll give Kaydetre some time, get her feet back under her and let her keep doing what she does.”

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