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Thoroughbred Daily News: A ‘Toast’ to Dreams

Thoroughbred Daily News: A ‘Toast’ to DreamsToast, or Fairytale? “Got on a lucky one, came in at 18 to one,” the song says. “I’ve got a feeling this year’s for you and me.”
The odds against Toast Of New York (Thewayyouare) getting to this point have been infinitely higher, but the bells could yet be ringing out for him in 2018. Visiting his trainer after Christmas–his horses galloping into a spiteful squall of sleet, a world apart from Florida and the world’s richest race–it felt impossible to resist the sense that this animal is playing out a fairytale of some kind.
Ten years ago, Jamie Osborne’s business was on the rack. The whole market was reeling, of course, but its generic issues were given brutally personal expression when his principal patron (indeed, his landlord at the time) went broke.
“In a way Toast, and the timing of him coming into our lives, was the start of the rebuilding process,” Osborne says. “Those nights I lay staring at the ceiling, wondering how long before the banks pull the plug, there was always a small part of me that believed when your back’s really against the wall, a twist of fate will occur. It was my way of staying sane through the whole thing. That belief, that if you do the right things, something will happen to help you out.”
As tends to be the case, that twist arrived–at Goffs in 2012–in impenetrable disguise: a left-field yearling by a left-field sire, one who has tried his luck in four countries without getting anything within a street of this graduate of his first crop. But Osborne could see why Timmy Hyde should have picked him up in Keeneland that January: he hadn’t seen a better walker all year.


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