- 13 Nov
Carlos Garcia has tried to slow down before. Two years ago, he said he was retiring as a trainer. He said he was hanging it up after the 2012 De Francis Dash. His horse Action Andy was running in that race, and Garcia hoped his training career would end on a positive note.
Action Andy did his part. He won. Garcia tried to do his. But he made a mistake. He kept a small string of horses. Before he knew it, he was back training.
Now, he believes, he’s done it the right way. No more racehorses on his farm. He’s going to try being an agent for jockeys. He tried that two years ago, too. But the horses called him back.
It might have been expected. Garcia has sent 8,388 of them to post and won 1,354 times during the last 44 years. It was hard to let go.
“I’m going to try to stick with it [retirement],” Garcia said from his home near Tampa, Fla. “I’ve [got] no horses of my own now. Action Andy is being retired, too. My son and his girlfriend are going to give him a second career. Right now, he’s enjoying some time off.”
Garcia, who came to the United States from his native Argentina in 1964, hopes he will enjoy some time off, too. But his first love has always been the horses. He grew up with them, riding by the time he was five. He got his early lessons from his father, who was a successful trainer in Buenos Aires. Garcia likes to be around the animals, watching them, helping them. And he has compiled an impressive record as one of the little guys.