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Off To The Races!

Team Equistaff is off to the races!
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Team Equistaff's She's Peachy Keen and She's Lost At Sea race at Delaware Park today! TUNE IN!
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Women’s Equality Day: Story of an Empowered Woman

Mary K. Thomas is a shining beacon of what strong female leadership can accomplish in the business world. To learn more about her, read this blog by FastTrack Staffing.
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Miss Artsy Nouveau

Had her first time start this past Saturday. After a slow start, Artsy moved to the lead in the first part of the race but could not maintain the lead. Good experience and she will do better next time.
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She’s Peachy Keen wins!

First time out she wins Maiden Special Weight at Delaware Park. Go Team Equistaff!
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Tap Dance Fever

Races again Monday, Aug 8 at Presque Isle! She placed a strong second last time out.
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Team Equistaff Tours Calumet Farm

Mary Thomas had the pleasure of touring historic Calumet Farm this week. Dating back to 1924, this scenic farm was built on the Calumet Baking Powder empire of William Monroe Wright, who originally started the farm to breed and race Standardbred horses. When Wright's son, Warren, stook over he developed the farm into the Thoroughbred racing success that we've come to know. From 1941's Derby winner Whirlaway to the 1990 America's Leading Sire, Alydar, this farm has woven itself into the rich tapestry of Thoroughbred history. Picturesque view from Calumet's Stallion Barn Calumet's Derby Winners Original Photo of Calumet's 1948 Derby winner, Citation. Calumet, like many historic farms, has seen its fair share of trials and tragedies but successful businessman Henryk de Kwiathowski, was able to bring the pristine beauty of Calumet back to life. Though Henryk de Kwiathowski passed away in 2003, the farm is still owned by his family as a group of trustees. Their stallions are well sought after and Team Equistaff's very own She's Peachy Keen is sired by Calumet's Keen Ice, whose most notable accomplishment was defeating American Pharoah in the G1 Travers, making him the only horse to cross the wire ahead of the...
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Tap Dance Fever in the money again.

Placing second last week at Delaware Park.
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Horses working hard & getting strong

She's Peachy Keen worked 49.4 today and was 6/43 - Workinonbeinsingle is back in action and breezed 37.6, My lone colt also worked 37.6. They are moving along nicely.
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She’s Peachy Keen & friends

Peach works in 38 flat for 3 f. placing 2 of 12 and Tap Dance Fever works 4 f. in 50 placing 10/16. Last but not least, She's Lost at Sea works in 38.2 for 3 f. Good work team!
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Two new additions from OBS June Sale

A filly by Klimt - Hip l5 and a colt by Greenpointcrusader Hip 249. They have already shipped to Delaware and we are looking forward to the races.
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She’s Lost at Sea

She's worked at Delaware and broke from the gate in 38 seconds for 3 furlongs. Let's hope we are in a race soon!
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Horses in Delaware with Gerald Bennett

Tap Dance Fever getting ready to race, She's Peachy Keen got her first work from the gate and Lost at Sea continues to develop. We are excited to see the results of the meet. Waiting on that first race!
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She’s Lost at Sea

Our name got approved for our Gone Astray - Andrea Gail filly. Already at Delaware, we are expecting good things to come.
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She’s Peachy Keen

Team Equistaff's latest team member!
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Leading Trainer

Go Gerald Bennett - this is the 6th time Gerald has been the leader at Tampa Bay Downs!
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Tap Dance places 3rd!

First time out in 5 months and first time on grass - not bad at all and she will improve.
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Lexington, KY

The Goddess Lyssa has formally retired from racing to become a broodmare. She is currently at Phoenix Farm in Lexington waiting to see The Factor. The Factor is ranked #13 on the national sire list. Team Equistaff looking for it's first foal next year!
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Mineshaft Madness

Breaking News: In foal to the very promising stallion, Valiant Minister.
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Tap Dance Fever

Very close to her next race in Tampa - we expect another win for Team Equistaff.
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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 Ocala.  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 part 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 As a member of TOBA, CEP and the Ocala Horse Alliance, Equistaff works to preserve and improve the horse industry locally. Find more information at Equistaff, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Tampa Bay Downs racetrack – Tampa Cup Day. .  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 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. Always the leading trainer in Tampa, Gerald winters in Florida and summers in Delaware. In April 2021, Bennett saddled the 3,975th winner of his career, surpassing Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer Frank Merrill Jr's record, and making Bennet the winningest Canadian-Born Thoroughbred Trainer of all time. His talent for training winners is only surpassed by his love for the horses.

Our Horses

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Team Equistaff secured shares in this 2020 Kentucky Derby winner through was named the 2020 new owner of the year at the Eclipse Awards! In December of 2020, it was announced he was the winner of the 2020 Secretariat Vox Populi Award. 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 just retired to stud at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup. His first breeding season is over and we can't wait to see the foals. Named Horse of the Year and Champion 2020 he was bred to 39 Grade 1, 30 Grade 2 and 35 Grade 3 mares.


Crafty King

Purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Sale July 2021, this chestnut colt is out of Crafty's Way, by Giant's Causeway, and sired by American Pharoah. American Pharoah was 2015's Horse of the Year, Triple Crown winner, Breeder's Cup Classic winner, and in winning all four races, became the first horse to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing. Steve Haskin, of, said of American Pharoah, "An icon; the personification of perfection - physically, mechanically, and mentally. In short, the ultimate racing machine.". This young colt's future looks bright and Team Equistaff is overjoyed to be a part of his journey! Welcome to Team Equistaff!

The Goddess Lyssa

Barn Name: Lyssa
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. After winning 5 of 8 starts including the Minaret Stake, we have retired Lyssa and given her a new career as a broodmare. She is currently in foal to The Factor who stands at Lane's Lexington . He is currently ranked #1 Sixth-Crop Sire and his recent GSW Charmaine's Mia is still on the track.

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 an allowance winner of $83,000 dollars. At age 6, she has retired to become a broodmare in Ocala and lives at Russlewood Farm. Pronounced in foal to Valiant Minister who stands at Bridlewood Farm. Valiant Minister's first crop is racing now and his have experienced popularity at the sales.

MIss Artsy Nouveau

Barn Name: Artsy
Purchased at the OBS June 2021 sale, this gray filly was foaled in Kentucky and is sired by Klimt, Black-type winner of 3 races, and out of Violet Grey by First Samurai. Klimt is the son of black-type winner Quality Road, sire of 45 black-type winners, 3 champions, including Longines Kentucky Oaks and Caledonia Road, both big winners in G1 races. Team Equistaff looks forward to seeing this young filly's successful future!

She's Lost At Sea

Barn Name: Sea Baby
Purchased at the OBS April 2021 sale, this bay filly is out of Andrea Gail, by Storm Bird, and sired by Gone Astray, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1.2 million and by Dixie Union out of the Mr. Prospector mare, Illicit. Gone Astray won the Pennsylvania Derby, the Ohio Derby, and the Salvator Mile. As a stud, Gone Astray, has been well received and has become a top 10 first and second-crop sire. We expect great things from this filly and look forward to watching her grow with Team Equistaff!

She's Peachy Keen

Barn Name: Peachy
Purchased at the OBS April 2021 sale, this bay filly is out of W W Old School, by Royal Academy, and sired by Keen Ice, a G1 winner with earnings over $3.4 million. His most notable accomplishment was defeating American Pharoah in the G1 Traverse, making him the only horse to cross the wire ahead of the reigning Triple Crown Champion during his 3YO campaign. This filly is gorgeous and won on her first time out! Peachy is currently with trainer Gerald Bennett at Tampa Bay Downs and took 3rd place in December. GO PEACHY!

Tap Dance Fever

Barn Name: Tappy
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. Placing third in her very first start, she won her second start. She is now at Tampa Bay Downs and always in the money.


Barn Name: Tripp
Purchased at the OBS June 2021 Sale, this Bay Colt is sired by Greenpointcrusader, Black-type winner of 3 races and son of champion Bernardini who is sire to 80 black-type winners and 2 champions. Tripp is out of Della's Smile, who has 6 foals of racing age, with 2 winners in the batch. Tripulante means "Member of the Crew" in Spanish and is one handsome colt! On January 16, 2022, Trip took 1st in the Starter Optional Claiming and was claimed by Anthony J. Granitz. Team Equistaff loved having Tripp on the team and wish him every success in the future.


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 stands locally at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, FL. Though she is a late 2017 filly, this bay beauty has had 8 starts in 2021 and had her first trip to the winner's circle at Tampa Bay Downs in February. Single is now training with Kathleen O'Connell at Gulfstream Park.

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