It was the year a major race sponsorship went from booze to beds. And though the partnership lasted only one year--it was cut short--it played at least a small role in getting Thoroughbred racing to think outside the box.
James McIngvale and Bob Baffert have parted company, Baffert said Wednesday. McIngvale, whose biggest victory came in this year's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with Wimbledon, will be sending the majority of his horses to trainer Nick Hines and a few to Steve Asmussen, according to Baffert.
Texan James "Mattress Mac" McIngvale went to $110,000 to acquire a Jade Hunter--Larrikin (by Slew o' Gold) colt as the top-priced offering during Tuesday's Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training conducted by Fasig-Tipton.
Self-professed huckster and Thoroughbred owner Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale is hoping to stamp the name of Gallery Furniture store on Houstonês two-year-old major league baseball field.
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