PATIENCE THE ESSENCE AS QUALITY COMES THROUGH
by Chris McGrath
None of us, after 2020, will ever again take even our simplest indulgences for granted. How much more culpable, then, was any complacency the industry may have permitted itself, over the years, in the patronage of the greatest investor in its history?
His absence from the September Sale, a year after once again heading the buyers' table at $16 million, sharpened a sense of the incalculable collective debt owed to Sheikh Mohammed. His team did resurface, to much relief locally, for Book 1 of the October Sale at Tattersalls last week. But however he chooses to exercise his prerogatives in future, the one consolation--both for the Sheikh himself, and those horsemen he has so long rewarded for their skills--is that he has long been assured of a lasting imprint on the modern breed.
His legacy will continue to evolve, even if he never spends another cent at Keeneland. As he has always understood, breeding is all about the long game. Sure enough, for the second year running, a few days ago his Godolphin stable won the
GI Claiborne Futurity S. with a homebred colt whose emergence represented a slow-burning yield on two similarly expensive grand-dams, respectively recruited to the broodmare band 15 and 20 years ago.
HALL OF FAME TRAINER GARY JONES PASSES AWAY AT 76
by Bill Finley
Trainer Gary Jones, who was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, passed away Sunday at his home in Del Mar, California. His son, trainer Marty Jones, said his father had been in hospice care and died of natural causes. He was 76.
Gary Jones was the son of longtime California-based trainer Farrell Jones and took over his father's stable upon his retirement in 1975. He picked right up where his father left off, winning with the first horse he ever saddled, King Wako, on Dec. 26, 1975 at Santa Anita, and quickly established himself as one of the leading trainers in Southern California. Cont. p7
GULFSTREAM PLANNING ON ALLOWING FANS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
by Bill Finley
When Gulfstream kicks off its Championship Meet Dec. 2, fans will be welcomed back to the South Florida track. Bill Badgett, the executive director of Florida racing operations for The Stronach Group, said the current plan is to allow fans to attend, with a limit of 50% of the track's capacity. He said that would allow as many as 6,000 or 7,000 fans to attend races like the GI Pegasus World Cup and the GI Florida Derby.