Thursday, April 26, 2007

Double Duty

Here's something you don't see every day. A winner trained and ridden by the same person. Fancy Runner won the first race at Aqueduct on Wednesday. He is trained by Clyde Martin and his jockey is also Clyde Martn. Very unusual. The Equibase chart is here.

Mr. Martin recently earned his trainer's credential and is looking forward to transitioning his career from a jockey to a trainer:

Martin does double duty
Jockey Clyde Martin recorded his 1,892nd victory as a rider Wednesday at Aqueduct. What is notable about that is it was also Martin's first victory as a trainer.
Martin, 49, received his trainer's license last week and won with his first starter as
he guided Fancy Runner to a head victory over Fit Faze in Wednesday's
opener. Fancy Runner is one of 12 horses Martin has in his barn at Fair
Hill, a training center on the Maryland-Delaware border. "I found this
horse for the owner last year in Florida and he just rode me on him the
whole time," Martin said, referring to owner John Grossi. "I get on him all
the time, I gallop him, so I guess he felt [compelled] to give him to me to
train.'' Martin said "old age" is the reason he is looking to wind down
his riding career. However, Martin is 7 for 19 as a jockey this year. He
said he will continue to ride "as long as I can." He will only be permitted
to ride horses he trains, however. (CBS Sportsline)

1 comment:

johnny mac said...

I did not realize FANCY RUNNER was clyde's first win as a trainer.Congrats to a hard working man with many miles on his vehicles as well as himself.TRAIN ON CLYDE and all the best. JOHNNY MAC


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