Toole's was an interesting little place. The barn was basically a shack, but the stalls were spacious. The track was a 3/4 mile oval with ridiculously narrow turns, not a track suitable for workouts (and no one was dumb enough to work over it.) A few roosters ran around everywhere on the property, a few ponies lived in a paddock in the infield, turkey vultures showed up once in a while. It was unique to say the least. Not the greatest place in the world, but it beat the alternative.
Fun fact: the owner told me that the place has match races for Quarter Horses once in a while. "They pay me, hand me a bag of money and tell me to give it to whoever wins." I wasn't there to see that in person, to my disappointment, but yeah. I thought that was kind of interesting.
Anyways, here are a few photos I took at Toole's Training Center.
|Rusty decoration on the barn|
|Crushin Hard out for a jog. The 2-horse starting gate can be seen|
|Our barn. Not the prettiest to look at, but it served it's purpose|
|The other barn. I don't remember who's horses were there, but they were also racing at Gulfstream|
|View down the stretch of the track. Very long, narrow track.|
|The Best Glacier looking outside from his stall|
|Bear's Gem out having a bath|
So that's Toole's Training Center. Not the greatest place in the world, but something a little different.