Smaller, But Still Super: Michael Matz

The concept of the super trainer is by no means a new phenomenon in horse racing, but the huge stables run by super trainers have undoubtedly changed the landscape of the sport in many ways, from the backside to the racing entries. Are super trainers bad for the sport?  Are there any benefits for an owner in using a "smaller" trainer? We asked these questions and more to a few trainers who may not be considered super trainers in terms of their stall numbers, but they have made the most...

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Joseph Has Live Chance in Hometown Gold Cup

Roughly 90 minutes before he saddles Chance It (Currency Swap) in the GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. will attempt to win his native country's most prestigious race, the $119,500 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, for the first time when he sends out American import Renaisance Frolic (Paynter). A stakes winner at two and three for trainer David Fawkes, the 5-year-old strung together a trio of allowance victories last fall at Churchill Downs and Indiana Grand and was a latest fourth in the rained-off Buddy Diliberto...

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Living the Dream

Saffie Joseph Jr. lived what many might call an idyllic life in his native Barbados. Since relocating his family and bourgeoning racing stable to Southern Florida in 2011, however, the third-generation horseman has seen his own American dream given wings as he begins to realize his childhood ambitions. After arriving in the U.S. with only two horses, the 33-year-old's operation has expanded to a team 65-strong, including Grade I winner Math Wizard (Algorithms), GI Kentucky Derby hopeful Chance It (Currency Swap) and undefeated Tonalist's Shape (Tonalist). And while Joseph points...

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