11/10/2017 5:55PM

Gargan, Midwest Thoroughbreds splitting up


Danny Gargan and the Midwest Thoroughbreds stable of Richard Papiese are splitting up after 2 1/2 years together. Gargan's last two starters for Papiese will be Wednesday at Aqueduct.

Gargan, 46, trains Papiese's New York string. Papiese employs trainers in different regions of the country, including Roger Brueggerman, Tom Amoss, and Armando De la Cerda.

The 14 horses Papiese has with Gargan will be transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen, according to Gargan.

"We had a great run, but people have to do what it takes to make them happy," Gargan said. "Mr. Papiese notified me he wanted to make a change, and I just want to thank him for the opportunities he has given me. We did some good things together."

Gargan and Papiese have won 83 races from 342 starts, a win average of 24 percent. They have purses earnings together of $3.36 million.

Gargan, a Louisville native, has been around racing his entire life and has been training on his own since 2013. Gargan has 161 wins and has won at a 20 percent clip.

Gargan is three for 11 at the Aqueduct meet, which began Nov. 3. He had a strong Saratoga season, going 10 for 38 and finishing ninth in the trainer standings. He was four for 30 at the Belmont fall meet.

He has worked for many people in the industry, including Nick Zito, Merrill Scherer, and Mark Hennig. Gargan also has worked as a bloodstock agent and a jockey agent.

The loss of the Papiese horses will leave Gargan with an 18-horse stable.

"I'm sure it will turn out okay," Gargan said. "When you train for Midwest you have to make a commitment, such as making them the main guy when you claim, and I have had to turn down other owners because of that."

Papiese did not return a phone call seeking comment.