Stud Muffin: Going The Distance

 Stud Muffin and Heather Carlson at Hettinger Challenge Hunter Pace

Stud Muffin and Heather Carlson at Hettinger Challenge Hunter Pace

Published: Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

by Teresa Genaro

In his six years on the racetrack, Stud Muffin showed a definite predilection for distance: the bulk of his 14 lifetime victories came at a mile and or more, with the gray guy coming from off the pace, often eking out a win, sometimes winning by a length or so. He seldom won by more than that, doing just as much, it seemed, as he needed to get to the winner’s circle.

But even his distance tendencies didn’t prepare him for what he faced last Saturday: a nine-mile hunter pace, across the fields of his new home, Akindale FarmREAD MORE...

“All my best friends have four legs.” John Hettinger’s vision at Akindale Farm and Thoroughbred Rescue

Published: Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him.

Callmetony, who at 11 years old was the very definition of “hard-knocking gelding,” was also winless in 2012. Unlike Stud Muffin, he’d never won a stakes race, but he did amass over $660,000 in earnings in his career. Stud Muffin earned just a little more, nearly $67,200.

Two geldings. Two winners. Two racers whose old bones and muscles were slowing down.

And by the end of 2012, they had something else in common: they’d both found a new home at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York. READ MORE...

Akindale Farm provides life after racing

 Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale

Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale

Published: The Saratogian

By Teresa Genaro @BklynBckstretch

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him. READ MORE...

A birthday and Christmas present for Stud Muffin: retirement at Akindale Farm

Published: Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

He made his first start at the very end of two-year-old year–December 16, 2006–and it was not what you’d call an auspicious debut. Racing for his breeder, Majesty Stud, Stud Muffin finished seventh by 17 lengths in the 1 1/16 miles race over the inner dirt at Aqueduct.

It would take Stud Muffin another five races to finally get to the winner’s circle; it happened at Belmont on May 24, 2007. He’d win twice more that year, and in March of 2008, he was claimed for the first of nine times, by David Duggan for Louis Zito, who would own him in partnership at first with Gerry Reid and Donall Fingleton, and later with John Crean and James Romanelli. Out of that same March race, Maggi Moss would claim a horse named Buddha Calling.  READ MORE...