Five years after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with the ill-fated Barbaro, owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trainer Michael Matz have parted ways.
Both parties confirmed Aug. 17 that
Matz was fired in July after more than 10 years of working together. The
Jacksons, who own a 190–farm in West Grove, Pa. and race horses under
the name Lael Stables, pulled 11 horses from Matz. The horses were given
to trainers Barclay Tagg and Leigh Delacour.
Matz said he was blindsided by the decision, which came just a couple weeks after the Jacksons sent him four juveniles to train.