Asked to do a Stable Tour, Rick Schosberg, didn't hesitate, turning at his tack room door and walking, "Let's do that."
Schosberg started at the first stall and walked the length of the shedrow, talking about his Saratoga string and a few horses at Belmont Park.
From White Plains, N.Y., Schosberg trained 1995 2-year-old champion Maria's Mon and Grade 1 stakes winners Affirmed Success, As Indicated and Mossflower. The Cornell University graduate has been stabled in the low barn near the corner of Clare Court and Greentree for 20 years.
"I think Maria's Mon was in this barn. It's been a long time," he said. "Back in the day, we filled the whole thing up, lately, we've been sharing because we just don't have the numbers. Eighteen to 25 is a good number for us, it's very manageable for me, I like to manage the whole thing. I've got some really cool owners and this is a great barn, quiet, it's a really cool place."
Schosberg talked to The Special's Sean Clancy about his 18-horse string.
Champagne Therapy: "We had expected her to run really well in her first start, she ran into Ryerson's filly who ran great. I think when that filly got away from her early, that blew her mind a bit. She's delicate, mentally. Physically, she's very fast. I was disappointed but not disheartened."
Saturday Appeal: "Won our first race up here, he won sprinting which I didn't think was possible. He hadn't won sprinting for two years, I just needed to get a race into him and he blew their doors in and blew me away. I'll probably run him back in the two-other-than optional, the same race he was second in twice last year."
Southern Sunshine: "Ran in the race after the Whitney. Ran a dynamite race, got parked wide and finished third. We claimed her at Aqueduct, we had Dr. Ducharme do a wind surgery on her. Nice filly, diverse, can run in the slop, on the turf, we're happy with her."
Elusive Talmo: "New York-bred maiden, trying to figure himself out. Ran a real good fourth in his first start sprinting. Bred for grass, mentally, he's trying to figure the game out. He's a little slow on the uptake but he's on the road to figuring it out. Got some talent. In the long run, he'll be a pretty nice turf horse."
Myfourchix: "She was our superstar here last year, ran a great second to our other filly. She was coming off a little bit of a layoff, she'll have them at her mercy later in the meet. She loves it here. Nice future, nice pedigree, beautiful personality and a gorgeous filly. I absolutely loved her in the sale, I had to have her, we paid 90 for her and she's been well worth it."
Crescent Street: "He took a long time to figure this game out. He came to me as a fat 2-year-old. He broke his maiden downstate for 40, we put him in an allowance race and he got beat a neck. Strictly grass."
Great Lady: "This is a Girolamo filly that hasn't run yet. I think he's pretty darn hot sire. She was kind of like Myfourchix, she walked out of the stall, had to have her. She's got the personality of a good Lab."
Awesome News: "Our hero, or our heroine, from Sunday. Bred by Mrs. (Vivien) Malloy, Edition Farm, who I train for, and bought by Black Swan at the yearling sale here. She's done absolutely nothing wrong. Darn nice filly with black type in her future."
Watergate: "Good solid little New York-bred. We claimed him at Aqueduct, we haven't won with him yet, he ran a good race in the allowance race, got in trouble, wasn't beaten far. I think he'll develop into a good New York-bred in the fall. Cool personality, he's got that white eye that either makes people jump or they're enamored by him."
Sandy'z Slew (entered in Saturday's Troy Stakes): "He speaks for himself, he's trying to win for the third year in a row. He's a cool horse. Diverse horse, turf sprinter but if it comes off you're in just as good of shape. He got beat a length here earlier in the meet. He's a neat horse, loves it up here. He's bred to go long, but I ran him a mile and he got beat 39 lengths. We did a tie-forward on him. I took him to Cornell myself, sat in on the surgery and the whole thing. Since then, he's been a different horse. Dr. Ducharme has four wins of this horse on his office wall."
Run To Mama: "I was excited to run her Monday, I told people not to leave her out of the gimmicks (she was fourth at 37-1). This is a filly Mrs. Malloy bred and sold, then bought back late in her career to keep her in her broodmare band. She's likes it up here, she's gained weight up here."
Andrew's Got Zip: "Fast sprinter. Broke his maiden in 9 flat against New York-breds, we're looking to run him back here going five and a half."