Barn Notes

Henry Carroll Homebred Contests The Colleen

Posted Friday, Aug 10, 2012

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Her name is Trish’s Wish, but the 2-year-old daughter of Naught Naught by Smoke Glacken could just as easily be called Family Affair.

            “I named her after my wife, Patricia,” said trainer Henry Carroll, who also bred the filly in Virginia and owns her. “I trained the mom and the dad and bred two stakes winners, Rockin or Ready and Smokey Fellow, by him.”

            Carroll is a longtime New Jersey-based horseman who caught lightening in a bottle with the blazingly fast Smoke Glacken. The multiple graded stakes winner won 10 of 14 starts, including the Tyro Stakes and Grade 2 Sapling Stakes in 1996, on the way to winning the 1997 Eclipse Award as champion Sprinter.

            Smoke Glacken’s daughter will attempt to win her first stakes race when she goes postward in Sunday’s Colleen Stakes for juvenile fillies at 5 furlongs on the grass.

            “When I bought the mare, I thought she had some turf pedigree,” Carroll said of Naught Naught, who ran four times at Monmouth. “I ran her on the dirt and she could not stand up on it. I put her on the turf in her fourth start and she fractured her sesamoid (bone) so I had to retire her. She is a half-sister to Celtic Melody, who was a grade one winner and a multiple graded stakes winner in New York.”

            The Colleen will be Trish’s Wish second start, following her maiden win by five lengths on the main track here on June 16. Some of the others in the field of 11 have both stakes and turf experience.

            “This is a pretty competitive race, but you never know with two-year-olds. Strange things have happened,” said Carroll, the son of noted New England horseman Bill Carroll. “I don’t like to ship them when they’re that young. I’d rather just put the bridle on and lead them over (to the paddock). Staying at home is an advantage. It’s been a long time between races and she needs to run. This filly has a really good mind and we’re going to give it our best shot.”

            There is no question that Smoke Glacken is close to Carroll’s heart and Trish’s Wish is as well.

            “I don’t have a barn full of them. I’ve just got this one,” he said. “I plan to take really good care of her.”

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