08/14/2012 2:54PM

Del Mar: Porfido still has winning touch at 10


DEL MAR, Calif. - There’s still plenty of spring in the step of Porfido, the oldest racehorse on the grounds, who rallied to win a $32,000 claiming race on the turf on Saturday at the ripe age of 10.

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A native of Chile, Porfido was born in August 2002, so his actual age has caught up with his record-keeping age. His win on Saturday was his 13th in 56 lifetime starts, his third in seven starts this year, and his third in four turf starts overall at Del Mar. He has earned more than $700,000.

“He’s such a cool horse,” said Eoin Harty, who took over as the trainer of Porfido late last year after Humberto Ascanio suffered a stroke. “He’s a beautiful horse, with a ton of personality. He enjoys his routine. He’s a pleasure to be around.”

Harty said Porfido has raced so often he anticipates his saddling routine.

“Once I’ve cinched his girth, I’ll go to stretch his legs, but he’s raced so often he’ll start stretching his legs on his own,” Harty said, laughing.

David Morant More than 1 year ago
Love Porfido! Always have always will. Probably my favorite horse on the SoCal circuit ... and that's saying a lot because I follow the circuit VERY closely. Best of luck and continued success to my boy. Hopefully one day he'll get the chance to make babies(He's still a horse). I'd love to see little Porfido's running all over the place. :) The guy is durable and as honest a horse as you'll ever see ... And over 700K! Hopefully that gets him the chance to be a Daddy.
Morris More than 1 year ago
keep up the good work, ole man. wish to see more like you. good luck!