Who is Leah Gyarmati?
Above is Noble Moon, 3yo winner of the G2 Jerome at Aqueduct over the weekend. Conditioner Gyarmati, a former employee of legendary Allen Jerkens, breezed this colt a full mile in 1:45 7 days prior to the big win. That cold day at Aqueduct saw 200+ horses breeze, and only 2 went a mile: both were Gyarmati trainees – the other being Street Gent.
That wasn’t the first 8F move for Noble Moon, he also was sent a mile in 1:44 on November 23rd, a few weeks after running 3rd in the G2 Nashua off a terrible gate break. Both races earned an 85 Beyer.
Interestingly enough, she has a lower level allowance winner named Smooth Bert, who’s not recently posted work longer than 6F, completed in 1:15 back in November.
So we are looking at ‘longer than typical’ works, and also perhaps a bit ‘slower than typical’ with roughly 12.5sec/furlongs. But, we finally see a trainer structure the workouts to the ability of the horse, at least in these two cases. (Street Gent is a MSW winner, paying $28.60, who has yet to run back.)
This is the primary point of my conditioning system, tentatively named FIT for Feedback Induced Training. The works are suited to the horse’s ability TODAY. A G2 winner like Noble Moon will go a few more panels than a nice allowance winner. Each horse likely responds to these different workouts in the same manner. Now with FIT – one actually collects HR/GPS on the worker throughout the session, paying special attention to HR behavior during the gallop out and cool down.
Perhaps the mystery of who Leah is and why she works her horses longer than most is best answered by this quote in the DRF revealing her relationship with the Jerkens training clan: “Allen is the first person whose opinion I look for; Jimmy is the second,” she said. “Allen is a father figure, and I want him to be proud of me. I seek advice from both of them all the time.”