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Jimmy Toner: From the DMZ to the Diana

Jimmy Toner might keep a low profile, but his horses are easy to spot, especially in the morning. Just look for those bright orange bandages. Long before trainers began equipping their exercise riders with distinctive vests for easy identification during morning training, Toner was wrapping his horses’ legs in those bandages, mirroring the orange “JJT”…

Nicholson, Godsoe, & Toner with Candy Feat

Candy Feat Cheated Death Once, But Couldn’t Escape Laminitis

Candy Feat was able to cheat death once, but to the sorrow and heartbreak of his connections, he couldn’t do it twice.  The Hard Spun gelding succumbed to an infection and laminitis on December 29. “Where do I even begin?” wrote trainer Priscilla Godsoe on Facebook and Instagram. “Today the Covert Farm and 90 North…

On the Record: Trainers Talk About the PETA Investigation

As was likely the case at backstretches across the country last week, conversations at Florida’s tracks and training centers continued to focus on the New York Times’ story on PETA’s undercover investigation at Steve Asmussen’s Churchill Downs and Saratoga barns last year. Public commentary has been plentiful, abundant in insight, in stridency, in commitment, in sanctimony, in determination, in anger,…

Candy Feat Beats the Odds

On April 18, Justin Nicholson was on a train from Washington, D.C. to New York; his father, with whom he owns horses in AJ Suited Racing Stables, was scheduled for minor surgery the next day, and Nicholson wanted to be with him. His phone rang and it was Jimmy Toner, trainer for AJ Suited’s horses…