Stablemates Member Profile: Carol Badzinski

Carol Badzinski

Horses claimed a part of Carol Badzinski’s heart at a young age, an inevitable result of spending hours at the stable where her best friend boarded her horse. That experience, combined with a road trip where she caught her first glance of Churchill Downs’ famed twin spires and a youth spent going to Arlington Park, instilled a love for horses and racing that has remained with Carol to this day.

Enchanted by the three Triple Crown winners of the 1970s, Carol remained in love with horse racing throughout the 37-year drought—a wait that was rewarded when she witnessed American Pharoah claim the first jewel of the Triple Crown, standing under the twin spires that were an early catalyst in her love for the game.

The following year, Carol visited WinStar Farm, where she became enamored with the farm and the late Pioneerof the Nile, the sire of American Pharoah. After that visit, she began to follow the farm’s website and eventually became a part of WinStar Stablemates Racing. For her, being involved with a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile through one of the syndicate’s original offerings, Passionof the Nile, was the tipping point to join.

“My involvement with the Stablemates has brought me unimagined pleasure these past three years,” Carol said.

Being a part of the Stablemates Racing syndicate gave Carol further involvement with the farm, and in 2019, she had an unforgettable experience visiting WinStar and Keeneland to see the facilities where the Stablemates fillies have trained and to meet several of the trainers behind them. This, of course, was highlighted by the opportunity to watch Passionof the Nile train at Keeneland, where Carol later spent a day at the races.

Falling in love with horse racing was easy for Carol, and she believes convincing others to fall in love with the sport can be just as easy:

“Invite them to the dance! Share your story and help educate them as to what horse racing is all about. Invite them to a horse farm—once a horse breathes on them, they will be in love forever!”

For more information on WinStar Stablemates memberships, click here.

World Tour Wins on Debut at Gulfstream Park

Facing 11 other fillies in a 1-mile maiden special weight over Gulfstream Park’s turf course, World Tour was sent off as the second betting choice at 4-1. Hailing from the barn of Bill Mott, who has been having a tremendous meet at the South Florida track, the daughter of WinStar stallion Tourist broke from gate 9 under jockey Junior Alvarado.

Racing into mid-pack as the field entered the first turn, World Tour settled into fifth, rating well under Alvarado as the leader, Unshakable U, set a first quarter of 23.61. She maintained that position down the backstretch, and responded well as Alvarado angled her toward the outside. Entering the far turn off a half in 47.96, World Tour began to move up in between horses and it was clear Alvarado had plenty of horse rounding the turn.

Angled out again turning for home, World Tour responded well to Alvarado’s asking and shot forward like a bullet near the eighth pole, lengthening her stride to overtake Unshakable U and coast to a 1-length victory—Alvarado’s third win on the day. She completed the mile trip in 1:35.81, a nearly identical time to the 1-mile allowance on the grass for older fillies and mares three races later.

Purchased by WinStar for $130,000 at last year’s OBS April Sale, World Tour’s win gave sire Tourist his eighth winner of the year, and kicks off the filly’s career with $24,000 in earnings. Hailing from the same barn as WinStar Stablemates G1-winning Paris Lights, hopes are high for World Tour.

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