Involved in the training, racing and breeding of thoroughbred race horses. 2014 Stats: 36-3-7-6
Marcus and I have been involved with horses from childhood. My family’s involvement with horses has been lucky, exciting, and somewhat better known than Marcus’ story. But, his is inspiring. In Donegal, Ireland, where Marcus was born, he learned to ride a horse before he learned to ride a bike. And, he was hooked! From a young age, his time was spent breaking ponies for his father to re-sell. They would buy a bad-mannered or difficult horse that nobody could manage, “make them nice” as Marcus says, and sell them for somebody new to enjoy. Over the years, this experience with horses only enhanced his natural affinity and fostered his horsemanship. In Ireland, he worked for small farms as well as large operations like Juddmonte – always riding; always learning. Determined to make his way to America to watch a Kentucky Derby, Marcus flew from Shannon, Ireland to New York City. New York City was a spectacle for a kid from rural Ireland. With $250.00 in his pocket (most of which the cab ride devoured), he went straight to Belmont Park. During his time in New York, he was able to ride for some of the greatest trainers our sport has known. But, even better than that, he rode some of the greatest horses. He threw a leg over Saint Liam, Ghostzapper, Kip Deville, Funny Cide, Benny the Bull, Victory Ride, Spook Express, Offlee Wild and hundreds of others who he, remarkably, remembers with detailed clarity. He has intimate stories about many of them – some entertaining; some surprising. He has had the opportunity to travel and to go to many tracks in the eastern United States. But eventually, he journeyed to Kentucky and the Derby. He watched Monarchos win the Derby at Churchill Downs, something his small town friends thought was pure fantasy. He fulfilled one of his that day. Now, he trains horses himself and he still throws a leg over them. Adding a trainer’s license in 2014 to his credentials, he is about to begin another journey . . . .maybe it leads to a Derby (I personally hope for a trip to the Dubai Cup, the Arlington Million or the Oaks) but surely it will lead to some exciting times doing something that he loves.
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We had a few breezers this morning: Spinning For Home worked 5f. in 1:01.80 (1/8); Offlee Angleic worked 4f. in :52.20 (9/15) and All That For That had a maintenance breeze - 4f. in :52.60 (10/15).
Offlee Angelic had her first breeze back, 3f. in :38.00, making her 3/3 on the day.
Spinnning For Home breezed this morning, at the crack of dawn . . . actually not accurate . . . .well before dawn, in :51.00 for 4f. making him 18/45.
All That For That breezed from the gate this morning - 4f. in :49.60, making her 12/45 on the day.
All That For That breezed 3f. from the gate in :38.00, making her 1/2 on the day.