View Full Version : Mast Track moves to Shirreffs

Dec. 16, 2009, 01:16 PM
Here is a story from ESPN about MAst Track moving from Huberto Ascanio to John Shirreffs. Is Ascanio not going to continue the Frankel barn or are clients leaving him?

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Mast Track, winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park, was transferred to trainer John Shirreffs on Sunday and will race in 2010, according to Mike Rogers, racing manager for Frank Stronach.

Stronach acquired Mast Track in a private deal late last week from the Robert J. Frankel Trust. Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer who died after a lengthy illness on Nov. 16, discussed the sale of Mast Track earlier this fall, according to a person familiar with the estate. Frankel bred Mast Track.

Rogers said that no specific races have been selected for Mast Track but that he will stay in California.

"Clearly, we'll race him, that's for sure," Rogers said. "We moved him to John Shirreffs. We actually made a deal that 50 percent of the earnings in 2010 we'll split with the Bobby Frankel estate."

Rogers said that Mast Track is the first horse that Stronach has had with Shirreffs. Mast Track was trained since Frankel's death by his longtime assistant Humberto Ascanio.

In the $100,000 Native Diver, Mast Track led throughout and won by 1 1/2 lengths over High Court Drama. The victory ended a nine-race losing streak for Mast Track, dating to the 2008 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Mast Track, 5, has won 6 of 20 starts and $922,822. Earlier this year, he was second in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, losing by a nose.

Dec. 16, 2009, 01:45 PM
The horse was sold so it was probably a forgone conclusion the horse was leaving regardless of his performance last week.

Dec. 16, 2009, 01:52 PM
Bill Finley penned this article (Dec 15th) in regards to success but lack of faith by Frankel's clients > Ascanio deserves his chance (ESPN) (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=finley_bill&id=4740299)


Since Frankel's passing, he is 4 for 9 as the official trainer of the stable and has kept the barn humming right along during what no doubt have been difficult times.

He may not have passed the test of time, but he's gotten off to a very good start. It's pretty obvious Ascanio knows what he's doing, which should come as no surprise since he spent 36 years at Frankel's side. Get that kind of education and you're bound to be a top trainer.

Yet not one of Frankel's owners has publicly come out and said they will stick with Ascanio going forward. That includes Juddmonte Farms, a racing juggernaut that was Frankel's main client. The Juddmonte team has said only that the horses that had been with Frankel will remain with Ascanio, 62, for the short term.

Worth reiterating the onbvious is that while Bobby died in November he had not been physically on site working with any of these horses since the early spring. So it's not like Ascanio just stepped into the role in name alone for a couple of weeks.

Blinkers On
Dec. 17, 2009, 01:26 AM
True, IMO his long time assistants like Huberto and Sally deserve the credit due for years of service and their ability to win races..