June 2016 update: After we listed him, Royal Grant was injured in a gallop — a small chip was pulled away from his ankle where the suspensory meets the sesamoid. The vet said he needed 60 to 90 days of rest before he could go back to work. He is still available, but the owner is inclined to try to bring him back to the races after his rehab period.
“Big Roy” arrived from Florida not too long ago and has had one lackluster run on the Finger Lakes oval and he’s telling his connections his heart isn’t in the racing game anymore. He’s had 24 starts, 23 of them in Florida at Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. His last win was in September of 2015 at Gulfstream when he broke last in a field of eleven horses and steadily picked off rivals to nail the win at 6 furlongs. That’s quite a feat! And it suggests that he has a turn of foot and boldness that will translate to success on the cross country course.
Roy’s trainer attested that he is great to ride and is quite flashy under tack, carrying himself in a natural frame. Potential buyers are encouraged to come to the track to watch him train or request video of him training to see him reaching and really strutting his stuff. On the day of his photo shoot, he had been walking after his last race 4 days prior and was a powderkeg when asked to jog, hence the very careful jog video. His trainer stresses that he is a lot of horse in size and fitness and requires an experienced handler and rider.
Contact Megan Lucas 585-503-7743