Any Macallan scotch fans out there? Then this “twelve year Mac” is definitely for you! Like his namesake, we think this elegant and still growing young gelding is one smooth drink. Known as “Justin” around the barn (after his sire), his trainer says that he is a sweetheart, easy to work with, and very sensible. She also reports that he turns out well with other horses, but will play halter tag. She says that Justin is an easy horse to ride on the track — “you just put your hands on his neck and he gallops right along.” But his agreeable nature in morning training has not translated to racing success in the afternoon. As his trainer says, he is completely sound but just not interested in racing fast. In twelve starts he has yet to win, while bringing home a few minor placings. We saw Justin three days after he had raced, and he showed lovely flowing movement with some loft to his trot. Justin is still growing, and is likely to top out at over 16.1 — his trainer says she sticked him in April at 15.3, and when we assessed him on October 1st he was slightly over 16 hands. In addition to admiring Justin’s strong shoulder and elegant head and neckset, we noticed that he has excellent feet, with much more heel than one usually sees on racehorses. He also has an excellent sport horse pedigree. His sire is Justin Phillip, is from Giant’s Causeway, Cryptoclearance/Fappiano, and Dixieland Band lines. His dam is by Speightstown, from the Gone West sire line. Justin has unlimited potential for any new discipline, but we can see him excelling in eventing, dressage, or as a show hunter. For such a nice young horse, he is offered at a bargain price, so we recommend acting fast if you are interested.
Contact: Michelle Tasso 585-472-2804 (text preferred and please do not contact after 8 pm)
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