George Handy, who began his training career in 1946, found himself on familiar ground on the afternoon of Dec. 6—the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park.
Handy, 89, saddled Barbara-Ann McDonnell's Secret Memory for a victory in the second race Thursday, a $10,000 claiming event for fillies and mares. Despite encountering traffic problems in deep stretch, Secret Memory got up under jockey Hugo Sanchez to win by a neck (VIDEO).
"She had a little trouble, but the jock used good judgment," said Handy, who's won with six of the last 10 horses he's saddled. "(Sanchez) has been riding good for me...I hope it keeps going."
Handy, elected to the New England Turf Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2008, started his career after getting out of the Navy. He trained at Lincoln Downs and Narragansett Park early in his career before spending his first winter in Florida in the early 1950s.
For the year, Handy has won with nine of 53 starters with nine seconds and five thirds.
Handy won two races in the span of 90 minutes earlier this year at Calder Casino & Race Course.