After making his first start at Laurel Park in February, No Regrets returned on Thanksgiving Day to deliver a determined effort that saw him challenged every inch of the way. As it happened, though, the most important inch was the one he refused to yield. The winner by the narrowest of noses, No Regrets was pressured from the start, racing on or near the lead throughout and having to hold off the place horse in an intense duel that lasted the length of the stretch. With 50-year-old Edgar Prado aboard to urge him on, No Regrets earned over $15,000 for the win, more than the price of several thousand turkeys. All in all, it was a day to celebrate.
Ready For Rye
Shoot the Gap
Ready for Rye put in his usual game effort on Saturday, October 7 at Belmont Park, finishing second in the $150,000 Turf Sprint Invitational Stakes while recording one of the fastest six furlong times in history: 1:07 flat! Ready for Rye, forwardly placed throughout, claimed a narrow lead at the top of the stretch before being overtaken inside the final sixteenth. Even so, his determination was apparent as he managed to maintain a narrow advantage over the show horse the length of the stretch. Ready for Rye earned $30,000 for his efforts, pushing his career earnings to $746,760.
There was something vaguely familiar about the eighth race at Saratoga on Thursday, August 31. As was the case in a similar allowance race at Saratoga just 25 days earlier, this race featured Manifest Destiny jumping out to an early lead then fending off numerous challengers down the stretch. But that’s where the similarities end. Manifest Destiny finished second in that race, overtaken inside the final 70 yards. That didn’t happen Thursday. The other horses in the race tried, of course, but Manifest Destiny was having none of it. He reached the stretch a half-length ahead of his nearest rival and refused to concede so much as an inch, digging in and maintaining that margin to the finish. The race marked the third consecutive in-the-money finish for Manifest Destiny and pushed his career earning to more than $124,000 for his brief career.
is Chalk Racing’s Managing Partner. His passion for Thoroughbred racing began at Saratoga Race Course in the late 1980’s and he’s been actively involved in the sport ever since. In 2002, he formed Chalk Racing and started investing with a conservative but steady approach to build a profitable racing operation that exploits the many inefficiencies that permeate the game.
is Chalk Racing's General Manager. He oversees Chalk's day-to-day racing operation, which is currently comprised of roughly a dozen Thoroughbreds, with a focus on racing in his home state of New York. He also runs point for Chalk Racing at all major Thoroughbred sales, and his recommendations have formed the backbone of Chalk's success to date.read more
A third-generation horseman, Darren grew up in Saratoga Springs and was brought into the sport by his father and grandfather. Since the 1940’s his family has trained, driven, and owned Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds – racing horses all along the East coast and in Panama.
In addition to inheriting his family’s horse racing passion, Darren had the privilege of working with two Hall of Fame trainers – Percy Davis and Kim Crawford. Through these associations, Darren learned advanced training techniques and horse management practices.
consults as Chalk’s Finance Director and he is responsible for keeping the books and records of the Company, including the production of quarterly financial statements. Drew grew up in Lexington, Kentucky on his family's Thoroughbred broodmare farm and he has been involved with the sport his entire life. He is currently attending the Daniels College of Business Executive MBA Program at the University of Denver.