Gourmet ran in good company, he won over a million dollars defeating the likes of Mucho Macho Man who was 3rd in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, 2nd and 1st consecutively in the Breeder’s Cup Classic, and also Shackleford who placed 5th in the 2011 Belmont, 4th in the KY Derby and won the Preakness. A horse that has raced at the upper level has to have the heart, personality and physical stamina to do that well and he has all of it in spades. Gourmet has a very big, bright personality and a very intelligent look to him, strikingly familiar to all of the Trippi offspring we have had here. Athleticism, body type and even his color are all marks of his sire as well. Class horses have a good work ethic and are bold, forward and quick thinking, requiring a more advanced rider to work with them until the horse has a better understanding that they have a new career and are done with racing. Once you are able to slow his brain down, it does not take Gourmet long to start to understand new concepts and you can see him trying to grasp what is being asked of him.
His turn out buddy is another older Stakes horse and it is amusing to watch the 2 of them take turns deciding who is the leader, but they seem to have a rather mutual respect for each other. Neither is able to outsmart the other. Gourmet has no vices and should be suitable for any discipline.
The reason for his name makes sense when you see his dam is Potluck Dinner out of Romantic Dinner by Who’s For Dinner. Gourmet’s sire, Trippi, won 7 of his 14 starts, was Florida’s leading sire in 2008 and sire of R Heat Lightning, winner of 5 major Stakes races. Other notable Graded Stake winners are End Sweep who placed in 15 of 18 starts, Forty Niner who was the 1987 Champion 2 year old, Valid Appeal, Fappiano won won 10 of his 17 starts and Who’s For Dinner who placed in 31 of his 54 starts.
Gourmet came to us via the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Take The Lead Program. We greatly appreciate their support.