Texas Red’s Success No Surprise to Mayberry Farm’s Margarita Urtubey

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Texas Red may have surprised his rivals in last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita, upsetting 10 rivals by 6 ½ lengths at odds of 13-1, but the talented son of Afleet Alex did not sneak up on Margarita Urtubey. As the assistant trainer to Jeanne Mayberry at Mayberry Farm in Ocala, Fla., Urtubey gets her hands on her share of fashionably-bred youngsters. Her job is to teach them how to become racehorses. Texas Red, who is expected to square off against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Saturday’s historic renewal of the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, owes his foundation to Mayberry and Urtubey. A winner in three of eight lifetime starts for owners Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, Dr. Gene Voss and trainer Keith Desormeaux, Texas Red has already banked more than $1.6 million and is fresh … [Read more...]