February 2, 1995 |
Francois Boutin, one of France's leading trainers who also left his mark in the United States with such horses as Miesque and Arazi, died Wednesday in a Paris-area hospital. He was 58. Found to have liver cancer in March, 1993, Boutin had continued working until recently, getting up early every morning to oversee operations at his base in Chantilly.
November 5, 1993 |
I have not won the tough race, but I have not quit running it yet. --Francois Boutin * As the horses galloped past, Francois Boutin squatted on his shooting stick on the tile apron in front of the track at Santa Anita. The legendary trainer, having arrived from France the day before, was out on a sunny fall morning to watch his two horses prepare for Saturday's Breeders' Cup.
June 5, 1993 |
At first glance they appear to be worlds apart, these two horsemen, separated by language and thousands of miles. One is a courtly, cigar-puffing Frenchman whose regal bearing is often taken for arrogance. His pristine Chantilly stable is replete with impeccably bred runners, and he can claim several sheiks and some captains of industry among his clients. The other is a soft-spoken, unassuming man whose down-home list of clients includes a doughnut tycoon and a weight-loss entrepreneur.
April 7, 1992 |
To Francois Boutin's obvious displeasure, a thick fog covered the opposite side of the turf training ground, blocking his view of the half-dozen thoroughbreds as they began the 7 1/2-furlong workout on a recent frosty morning here. Anxiously, the stocky, irritable French trainer aimed his binoculars at the horizon. But the fog was so thick that he heard the horses before he saw them.
December 1, 1992 |
Usually when I talk to a horse trainer, he's wearing a hat that looks as if it were taken off a member of the James Gang, he has lizard boots and, if he's wearing one, his tie looks like a shoelace with a turquoise brooch in it and he speaks in a tongue that's a cross between Kentucky hillbilly and Texas twang. He has a stopwatch in his hand and, maybe, a chaw of tobacco in his mouth and he feels uncomfortable too far away from a barn.
March 15, 1992 |
Kentucky Derby favorite Arazi's co-owner says his colt will make his debut as a 3-year-old on April 7 in the Prix Omnium at a track near here. Allen Paulson told the International Herald Tribune the decision to race at Saint Cloud was made by the colt's French trainer Francois Boutin. Paulson, in a telephone call from California, said it will be Arazi's only race before he goes to the United States a week before the Kentucky Derby on May 2.