Edited press release
In a racing rarity, the first four finishers in the seventh race at Thistledown July 5 were trained by a father and his three sons.
Travel Due Stay, conditioned by Rickey Faulkner, 44, got to the wire 2 3/4 lengths before Brilliant Sermon, trained by Randy Faulkner, 52, the oldest of the brothers. It was a head back in third to Start Sooner, trained by Joe Faulkner, the 74-year-old father of the Texas-born horsemen. In fourth was Proud of Pyrite, trained by Rodney Faulkner, 42.
“I'm glad I was the first one to the wire,” Rickey Faulkner said. “My father and my brothers have better horses than I do. I should get a trainer award for beating them.”
A $2 superfecta ticket on the Faulkner foursome paid $208.
“Each of our operations is run independently of the others,” Randy Faulkner said. “We go at it harder against each other than we do anybody else.”
Joe Faulkner's only comment to his triumphant son was: “Your horse ran big.”
Rodney Faulkner was sure his brother knew what his success meant. “He had to buy the steaks tonight,” he said. “Besides, if he didn't, I wouldn't give him a ride back to the farm after the races.”