Eclipse Award-winning trainer Carl Nafzger will be the guest for Thursday’s edition of bloodhorse.com “Talkin’ Horses” sponsored by Market Demand Farms. Nafzger will be the guest live online at Talkin' Horses on Thursday, March 15 beginning at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Nafzger is best known for training champion Unbridled to win the 1990 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). In a Blood-Horse interview in which he recalled the classic winner, Nafzger said, “It was as if he could talk. He always told me what he wanted to do in his training. I called him the ‘gentle giant'.”
Nafzger, who recently cut back on the number of horses in his stable, is back on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with 2006 juvenile champion Street Sense, whom he conditions for longtime patron James Tafel. Following his impressive victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Nafzger mapped out a 3-year-old campaign that calls for the son of Street Cryto have only two preps before the Derby.
In addition to Unbridled and Street Sense, Nafzger has been represented by one other Eclipse Award winner, Banshee Breeze, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1998. Nafzger has trained additional stakes winners including Fairway Phantom, Coolawin, Home At Last, Unshaded, Westerly Breeze, My Boston Gal, Vicar, Solvig, Til Forbid, Jeano, Star Choice, Binalong, Lead Story, Eurosilver, Mayo on the Side, Last Song, Two Punch Gal, Belterra, and Alannan.
A native of Plainview Texas, Nafzger was a bull rider on the rodeo circuit before turning his talents to training horses. As a bull rider, he went to the national rodeo finals three straight years, from 1963-65 and was ranked third in the world in 1963. The trainer also met his wife Wanda while on the rodeo circuit and they married in 1968, the same year he took out his trainer’s license. In addition to his successful rodeo and training careers, Nafzger is the author of “Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Horses.”
Questions for Carl Nafzger can be submitted in advance now or during the live online discussion by going to Talkin' Horses. The same Internet address will also carry bloodhorse.com “Talkin’ Horses” web cast live.