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, he finished seventh by 17 lengths, racing on the inner dirt track 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 owned him in partnership 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.
As a four-year-old, the grey/roan New York-bred by Raffie's Majesty out of Saratoga Princess won his biggest race, the Empire Classic on a beautiful October afternoon at Belmont. His final start that year would come in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant, in which he finished second. Stud Muffin's record that year was 11-3-2-3, and he earned $294,549.
2009 and 2010 were dry years for him, with just one win in 10 starts, and only two other finishes in the top three. In February 2011, he got claimed for the second time, by David Jacobson for Bruce Golden. Golden would claim him twice more that year, trading him with Michael Dubb. Dubb claimed him from Golden in May; Golden claimed him back in August; Dubb took him October; Golden got him in November. During the 2011 Saratoga meet, Golden won an 18-way shake for him. Stud Muffin was, to say the least, a popular guy.
And it's no wonder he was in such demand, as he had a remarkable year for a seven-year-old, winning seven times from 15 starts, with three seconds and two thirds. He earned $178,550.
The claiming continued in 2012, when he changed hands three times, but his winning ways were behind him: he went winless in nine starts and earned only a little over $24,000. On March 25, 2012, he was claimed for the last time, and he made his last five starts for owner/trainer Naipul Chatterpaul.
It was clear a year ago that Stud Muffin was done racing; he raced twice in four days, finishing last both times, and after six months off, he came back to race uncompetitively twice in the fall of 2012.
Over the winter, Thoroughbred owner Maggi Moss arranged to purchase Stud Muffin privately; she put up a generous amount of the purchase price, and some behind-the-scenes folks at TVG, along with Emily Shields of Simhorseracing.com and an anonymous group of contributions also pitched in. In late December, Stud Muffin got on a van at Belmont Park and headed north to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, where he'll have a home for life, along with his fellow retirees, Evening Attire, Tacticianor, Hotstufanthensome, Callmetony, and Greeley's Legacy, among many others. Stud Muffin retired with a lifetime record of 59-14-10-8 and earnings of $671,865.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a national community to retire a much-loved racehorse, and that community came together to offer Stud Muffin a new home. It's been a long time since he got his picture taken after a race, but there's no denying that he's a winner.
Article written and provided by:
Teresa Genaro, BrooklynBackstretch.com
Stud Muffin's Journey with the Retired Racehorse Training Project
In May 2013, we received the news that our trainer, Heather Carlson was selected to be one of the 26 trainers participating in the 2013 Retired Racehorse Training Project's Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium. Heather was one of 142 applicants. Applicants ranged in ages from twelve to sixty, from professionals to amateur adults, as well as 9 juniors. The backgrounds of the applicants were well spread across the board from: eventing, hunter/jumper, dressage, polo, western, trail, foxhunting and racing. This event will not only showcase the talents of the 26 trainers selected but also the versatility of our OTTB partners.
We are very excited that our Manager Erin Pfister and Heather have selected Stud Muffin as the RRTP - Thoroughbred Makeover horse. We are hoping to showcase that older OTTB's with heavy race histories can become wonderful companions in their second careers. And so far Stud Muffin is loving every minute of his retraining!
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A little about me
A Lot About Stud Muffin
Stud Muffin's first few rides
Straight from the horse's mouth!
Video Sneak Preview of Stud Muffin!
Our First Field Trip
Our Big Debut
Back to work!
Stud Muffin's Debut at Saratoga!
Water and Ditches and Banks OH MY!
Water and Ditches and Banks OH MY! Part 2
Stud Muffin's day at the Old Chatham Mix n Match!
Stud Muffin at his first recognized event, Larkin Hill
What we have been up to since Larkin Hill
If you are interested in attending the 2013 Retired Racehorse Retraining Project's Thoroughbred Makeover at Pimlico this October 5th & 6th, please visit the home page of our website and follow the link to purchase tickets. Use Promotional Code "Akindale" to receive 10% off of your tickets.