Michael Dickinson

Michael Dickinson

Anne M. Eberhardt

Dickinson Returns a Winner at Laurel Park

Trainer saddles Augustin Stable's Tide Is High to win Laurel allowance race April 2.

Michael Dickinson, who last year announced his return to training at his upgraded Tapeta Farm in Maryland, won April 2 with the first horse he has entered since 2007.

Dickinson announced his "retirement" that year to spend more time developing and marketing the all-weather racing and training surface Tapeta. His farm near North East, Md., has a Tapeta training surface.

Dickinson, 66, won Laurel Park's ninth race, an allowance event a 1 1/16 miles on the turf, with Augustin Stable's homebred 4-year-old Broken Vow  filly Tide Is High. She was ridden by Trevor McCarthy.

The trainer last saddled a horse for a race Dec. 8, 2007, at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

"I've really enjoyed my training again," Dickinson said. "I came back to train because I want to train, and I enjoy it. I love training on the farm."

Dickinson, a perfectionist, indicated he didn't do a good enough job with Tide Is High.

"Today, I'm not too pleased," he said after Saturday's race."She's a good horse, but I didn't train her very well. She used to run off a little bit last year, and I thought I had her relaxed and I didn't. So I'm not pleased; I'm not even a tiny little bit pleased. I might be relieved—at least we had a winner. But we've got to do much better than that."

Dickinson is trying out some new training techniques and equipment as part of his revitalized program.

"It's a very different Michael Dickinson trainer," he said. "I didn't do very well before. I want to do better this time. That's why I've come back because I didn't think I did very well and I want to prove to myself that I'm not quite as bad as I thought I was."

Through 2007 Dickinson had won 587 races including two editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) with Da Hoss in 1996 and 1998.