February 21, 1999 |
What had already been a memorable week for trainer Carl Nafzger got even better Saturday. Four days after Banshee Breeze was named the top 3-year-old female of 1998 in Eclipse Award voting, Nafzger saw his Vicar win the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Vicar, on the lead virtually throughout the race under Shane Sellers, outbattled favored Cat Thief to win by a neck in 1:45 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
May 7, 2007 |
Carl Nafzger used to be a rodeo bull-rider. He has a mouthful of dental work and a nose that's been broken seven times to prove it. After winning the Kentucky Derby for the second time Saturday, the trainer of Street Sense is in the chute again for one of the roughest rides in sports, the road to the Triple Crown. Nafzger low-keys it, saying, "Let the horse train you.
June 6, 1990 |
No matter how the page is turned, Unbridled appears on paper to be unbeatable in Saturday's 122nd Belmont Stakes and trainer Carl Nafzger is having fun. He watched Unbridled work 5 furlongs with Craig Perret in the saddle Tuesday in a shade more than a minute, a move intended to sharpen the colt for the task at hand. Perfect. "(Perret) was just sitting on him the last eighth," Nafzger said. "When things are going right, it's fun," Nafzger said. "When he's training good, I'm having fun."
October 29, 1991 |
Trainer Carl Nafzger doesn't know how many videotape cassettes he owns of the 1990 Kentucky Derby. That's the race for which he saddled Unbridled and then gave a wire-to-wire account of his victory to Frances Genter, the colt's 93-year-old owner, on national television. "I've got 25 of those tapes," Nafzger said, laughing. "No, not really. All I know is that I have more than one. When I'm depressed, I pop one into the player and watch it."
April 26, 1999 |
"He wrote the book on how to train horses." They've said this about many premier horsemen, from Ben and Jimmy Jones to Charlie Whittingham. They can also say this about Carl Nafzger--literally. Horses--whether they were on the Texas farm where he grew up, or on the rodeo circuit where he competed, or at the racetrack where he trains--have been linked with Nafzger for most of his 57 years. Years ago, Nafzger told himself that he'd like to write a book about what makes horses tick.
May 14, 1999 |
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Thursday that Silverbulletday, the second choice on the morning line for the $1-million Preakness, will run instead in today's $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Silverbulletday drew an unfavorable outside post for the Preakness. Trainer Carl Nafzger is also expected to scratch Vicar from the Preakness because of his No. 13 post, which would leave 12 starters for Saturday's race.