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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Pincins: Emmett Park Might Be Derby Material

2/20/2014

Emmett Park’s trainer Bob Pincins now finds himself on the inside looking out but has mixed feelings about the injury to Bond Holder that struck him from the Risen Star cast.

“I would never wish anything unfortunate to happen to another man’s horse,” Pincins said. “However, these things happen, and I’ve been on the other end of that same scenario enough times since I first started training in 1976.

“I talked to the stakes coordinator before we even decided to come down here from Kentucky,” Pincins said. “He warned me we might not make into the body of the race, but he also said that during the time he has been stakes coordinator down here there have been a number of horses who had been late withdrawals after arriving for one reason or another.

“We took a chance coming down here and it worked out for us,” said Pincins, “but we did have a ‘Plan B’ if things didn’t work out. The Battaglia Memorial is next weekend at Turfway, and we would have just turned around and gone back up to Kentucky to run in that race. That’s got a $100,000 purse, but of course it doesn’t offer any points toward the Kentucky Derby the way this race here does, and if you think you might have a horse that might become good enough to run in the Derby you have to make sure you’ve picked up enough points along the way.

“I haven’t had many good ones in my career, but I like the way this one has been coming along for me and we’ll see how far we can go with him.” Pincins said. “He’s undefeated so far, and I think he’s improving.”

Both of Emmett Park’s wins have come over Turfway’s Polytrack course, and he has yet to compete over dirt, but the gelded son of Bob and John has accomplished three works over the local oval since his arrival.

“I think his works have been fantastic,” said Pincins. “He’s been doing good since we got here, and I’m very pleased with him.”

Pincins, 62, grew up in New England and began worked at now-defunct race tracks like Lincoln Downs and Narragansett before getting his trainer’s license at Hawthorne and eventually gravitating to the Kentucky circuit. He has trained “on and off” for Gore Range Stable for several years.

“Gore Range Stable consists of two people named Richard Emmett and Rudy Vogt,” Pincins said.

Where does the Park in Emmett Park come from?

“There is an Emmett Park in Virginia,” Pincins said, “and it is named in honor of Richard Emmett’s late father.”

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