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Goddess Lyssa Back in Training!

We're so happy to see Goddess Lyssa back on the track and training! Goddess Lyssa back on the track!
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Win Photo

We received our win photo of Authentic and are so proud to hang this up at our corporate office - Go Team!
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Great Race from Tap Dance Fever!

After breaking badly and running last by 10 lengths, she shot to the front and took third by a neck. Great job for your first race - Go Tappy!
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Authentic & the Preakness

My opinion - he fell in love in the stretch and did not want to run past her! Notice how he was snuggling her neck? What a great filly to fall in love with, Swiss Skydiver 🙂
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The Goddess Lyssa

Finally back from a four month rest and training with Colin Brennan in Ocala, Florida. She is working in the Aquaciser 5 mornings a week and jogging in the afternoon. Can't wait to see her back on the track in December and win!
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Westside Warrior

He had his first work off layoff Saturday, October 10 - 37.6 for 3 furlongs placing 8 of 14 horses that worked. Looking forward to having him back at the races.
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Tap Dance Fever

She had a sharp work last week and her first race is October 14 in Delaware for Trainer, Gerald Bennett. Let's see if she taps her way to the winners circle.
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Little Ms Broadway runs

After a strong win and a second, we have not had such great performances. Next time we will try the Tapeta surface to see if that make the difference.
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Westside Warrior

Finally back in action with a 50.2 4 furlong work at Delaware. Fingers crossed he races soon.
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Tap Dance Fever Works at Delaware

49.2 for 4 fulongs placing 7 out of 41 this morning!
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Good Luck Authentic

This Saturday he will run for the Black Eyed Susans in Baltimore at the Preakness Stakes. Let's hope he wins this leg of the Triple Crown for all his owners at MyRacehorse.com!
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Tap Dance Fever

Worked 3 furlongs in 37.4 placing 9 of 22 on 9/19/20 in Delaware. Waiting for her gate card and her first race!
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It’s true – Team Equistaff has a derby winner.

Getting ready for the Preakness in Baltimore on Oct. 3, Authentic breezed a fast 5 furlongs in 59.2 placing first out of 38 horses on 9/19/20. It's exciting to own a peice of him through MyRacehorse.com.
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Little Ms Broadway

Breezed a fast 3 furlongs in 37 flat - placing 1 our of 5 horses at Delaware Park - she's race ready and should run next week!
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Tap Dance Fever

Worked 50.2 at Delaware Park on Sept 3rd - hope we can race this filly soon.
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Authentic runs for roses today!

Team Equistaff secured a small share in this colt through myracehorse.com - exciting.
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Running in Delaware

Little Ms Broadway had a stellar effort in the first race on Aug. 27, She ran a good 4th and came out of the race in good shape. We may try a little shorter distance and put her on grass the next time!
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Little Ms Broadway

Places third in the 5th race at Delaward Park on Aug 11th. She is finally developing her racing skills and we anticipate her future successes.
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Little Ms. Broadway Wins in Delaware!

Little Ms Broadway winning at Delaware Park on 7/29/20 PHOTO CREDIT: HOOFPRINTS INC. Little Ms Broadway had her first win at Delaware Park on Wednesday! There was talk of finding a new career for this beautiful girl due to racing possibly not being her calling, but she showed us! Big Drama does run in her blood! She pressed the early pace, rallied at the quarter pole, opened up in the mid stretch, and finished strong. GO TEAM EQUISTAFF!
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Free Dancer at Charlestown

Running late at night on Saturday, 7/11/2020 Free Dancer rallied late to capture second place in a 4.5 furlong sprint. Congratulation to his new connections - great job!
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Meet team equistaff

With grass roots beginnings in what is now known as The Horse Capital of the World,  the the first equestrian staffing agency, Equistaff, Inc. started in 1982.  Founder and President, Mary K. Thomas, saw a need for quality equestrian employees in all aspects of equine businesses. Arriving in Ocala, FL in the early 1980’s, Mary began working in the Thoroughbred industry. Now a vastly successful business, Equistaff, Inc. is able to go back to where it all started – the barn. Team Equistaff horses, owned wholly or in party by Equistaff, Inc. and Team Equistaff, LLC, running under the name Team Equistaff, provide Equistaff with its very own sports team. Thoroughbreds have always been Mary’s favorite breed. Interested in giving back, Equistaff is a proud sponsor of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Info located at www.thoroughbredaftercare.org. As a new member of TOBA and the Ocala Horse Alliance, Equistaff works to preserve and improve the horse industry locally. Find more information at www.ocalahorsealliance.com. Equistaff, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Tampa Bay Downs racetrack and this year’s Tampa Cup Day on Sunday, March 29th, 2020 www.tampabaydowns.com .  GO TEAM EQUISTAFF!

Mary K. Thomas, Owner

Mary has been a horse lover since childhood. Since moving to Ocala, Mary has been involved in the equestrian business and community. So naturally, she is very excited to have Thoroughbreds actively racing. Giving back locally to MTRA and nationally to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, she is happiest when contributing to preserve horse racing and improve the lives of horses. See www.maryk.com for more details.

Gerald Bennett, Trainer

A native of Nova Scotia and owner of The Winning Stables, Gerald has been training Thoroughbred's since 1974. Currently, he has 3848 wins and started over 18,000 horses. Always the leading trainer in Tampa, Gerald winters in Florida and summers in Delaware. Saturday Dec. 14 he won Trainer of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs. With 6 horses in our Team Equistaff string, Gerald continues to care for and improve our horses.

Our Horses

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Authentic

Team Equistaff secured a share in this 2020 Kentucky Derby winner through myracehorse.com. This bay colt is out of Flawless and is sired by Into Mischief, who won the Los Alamitos Futurity and went on to become a highly successful breeding stallion. Authentic is currently training under the watchful eye of high profile conditioner Bob Baffert, who captured his record-tying sixth Derby crown.

The Goddess Lyssa

Barn Name: Brownie
Purchased at the OBS June 2019 sale, this bay filly is sired by Fury Kapcori, now standing at Journeyman Stud. Brilliant at two and stakes-placed at three, Fury Kapcori hit the board 10 of 14 stakes races and was a model of consistency. Son of Horse of the Year Tiznow and from the Female Family of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, we expect great things from our Goddess. She recently worked 36.2 at three furlongs, placing 3 of 17 and four furlongs in 48.8 and was 6th of 46. Not bad, Brownie! Brownie made her first start on Saturday, March 13th, Race 6 she won again wire to wire. In her first try, she was a half second off the track record. Jockey Daniel Centeno rode quietly, not resorting to the whip while our Brownie won by 12. After her third race she is 3 for 3, beating a talented allowance field by 5 lengths. Pretty impressive!! Brownie just breezed 3 furlongs in 36.2, placing 3 of 17 in Tampa. We are now headed to FL Cup Day and her first Stake Race on March 29th.

Little ms broadway

Barn Name: Fancy
Purchased privately in June 2019 from Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds. This filly is out of a Sandra d'Oro by Medaglia d'Oro, sired by champion of the Grade 1 stakes Breeders' Cup Sprint, Big Drama. Big Drama was bred in Ocala by Harold Queen and stands at Oakton Farms. When in top racing form, her sire Big Drama had a speed index at Gulfstream of 120 - pretty darn quick! Fancy is currently training with Gerald Bennett in Delaware. Placing first - for the first time we are so pleased she is getting the hang of racing. We are looking for her next start on the Turf and hope she will be in the winners circle again, soon!

Mineshaft Madness

Barn Name: Lucky
This daughter of Mineshaft won wire to wire on her first time out for Team Equistaff. Her sire, Mindshaft, is a multi-millionaire racehorse and successful stallion who now stands at Lanes End in Kentucky. Her dam, My Lucky Shoes, is the winner of over $100,000 and was in the money 12 times out of 17 starts. Lucky is currently training in Delaware with Gerald Bennett and we are elated to have her back on Team Equistaff! With 14 starts and 4 wins, she has earned over $75,000 dollars and hits the board 50% of the time. We expect great things from her in the near future.

Tap Dance Fever

Barn Name: TBD
Purchased at the OBS Spring 2020 sale, this gorgeous bay filly is out of It’s Heidi’s Dance and sired by Tapiture. A son of Tapit, this Black-type winner of $1,536,820 is out of multiple Graded stakes producer, Free Spin, making him full brother to 2019 Super Derby winner, Rotation, and his full sister produced 2019 Golden Rod S, and 2020 Rachel Alexandra S winner, Finite. Tapiture was also named the #1 second-crop sire of 2018. It’s Heidi’s Dance is the dam of 7 foals to win including stakes winner Fast and Accurate. Our newest addition is currently on the track at Delaware training with Gerald Bennett.

West Side Warrior

Barn Name: Warrior
Purchased at the OBS April 2019 sale, this bay gelding is out of West Side Dancer, a Mr. Prospector mare and sired by the Grade Stakes winning Millionaire and son of Unbridled's Song, Liam's Map. Standing at Lanes End Farm, Liam's Map he was unraced as a juvenile. As a four-year old, he emerged as one of the best horses in N America winning the Woodward Stakes and the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Based on recent Keeneland Sales results and relatives on the track, Warriors family is very active and improving. Warrior in a bit of a nut and loves eating peppermints. Back in Tampa with Gerald Bennett, he last worked 3 furlongs in 36.8 and was 2 of 20 horses breezing that day. Warrior is looing for his next race ----- Go Warrior!

Workinonbeinsingle

Barn Name: Single
Purchased at the OBS January 2020 sale, this bay filly is out of Hi Avie by the Eclipse Award 1980 Champion 2 Year Old Colt Lord Avie and sired by Bahamian Squall out of Graded Stakes sprinter Gone West, a Mr. Prospector son. Bahamian Squall is a locally standing stallion at Double Diamond Farm here in Ocala, FL. Though she is a late 2017 filly, this bay beauty is already breezing fast (33 flat at OBS) and enjoying every second of it! March 8, she breezed 4 furlongs 49.6 on the dirt placing 28 of 74. at Tampa.

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