Congrats to Trainer on First Win!
Take a young trainer who is winless from his first 18 starts, a first time starter, an inexperienced jockey, and race against a 4/5 favorite and what do you get? Why, a 10 length win over 5.5 furlongs of course!
Sadly I can’t find a race replay to link to here, but please join me in recognizing and congratulating Lexington, KY based conditioner Matthew Chappell on his first win. As all young trainers with limited quality stock, Matt got off to a slow start in 2012, but is rapidly improving this year. Just last week at venerable Churchill Downs he ran a strong 4th at odds of 77-1, beaten less than 5 lengths – AGAIN with a first time starter facing a field of more experienced runners:
One of the main things I takeaway from this game is just how difficult it is to be competitive as a young trainer. Another thing I learn is that young trainers often are afraid to work their horses quickly, as the last thing they want is an injury before raceday. Matt routinely works his horses fast at Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington prior to their first starts, and each of the above runners posted bullet works:
*Bourbon Best: April 23 – TTC – 3F – 37.2 – 1/14
*Fancita Mae: May 15 – TTC – 3F – 37.2 – 1/6
Best of luck to Matt in the future and the owners who take a chance with him. (as always, you can click on the above charts to enlarge them)