08/06/2010 12:51PM

Glyshaw moves closer to Ellis training title

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Tim Glyshaw’s first exposure to horse racing came as a teenager at Ellis Park, adjacent to his hometown of Evansville, Ind.

A quarter-century later, after taking quite the circuitous route, Glyshaw is contending for leading trainer at the Henderson, Ky., track. A training title is something that Glyshaw, now 41, has never come close to attaining in the six years since he opened a public stable, so he is finding this life-comes-full-circle thing to be quite exciting.

“Going into this meet, I told my owners that this is when we should win some races, that this is our time of year,” said Glyshaw, who through the first 11 of 27 days at Ellis led the standings with six wins from 14 starters.

After graduating from Indiana University, Glyshaw taught seventh- and eighth-grade English and other subjects for three years at a rural school in Illinois before souring on the experience. While watching the old “Thoroughbred Digest” show, he saw an advertisement for an internship program at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., and decided to give it a try. After a year in the program, he went to work for trainer Bob Holthus and wound up being his assistant for about seven years.

Glyshaw then worked for Colen Norman for nearly two years during Norman’s tenure as a powerhouse on the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas circuit, where Glyshaw met his wife, Natalie, the daughter of retired jockey Ron Ardoin. Natalie Glyshaw is a racetrack photographer who also is a major help around the stable.

In 2004, Glyshaw went out on his own, gradually growing his stable to what now numbers 23 head at Churchill Downs in Louisville. His best horses to date have been Unreachable Star, Grand Traverse, and Ready’s Rocket.

“It’d be great to win the title at Ellis, but it’s not something we’re going to change everything around to accomplish,” he said. “We’re just glad to be winning races like we have.”

Field shaping up for Gardenia

The lone graded race of the Ellis meet is set for next Saturday, Aug. 14, with the 29th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Gardenia.

Ellis racing secretary Dan Bork said a medium-sized field of fillies and mares has been taking shape for the one-mile Gardenia, with Ravi’s Song, Midway Holiday, and Kiddari the early favorites at this point. Bork said he also is hoping to get shippers such as Dash Dot Dash from Florida and Hooh Why from Chicago from a nominations list of 30.

Ravi’s Song, a gray 4-year-old based at Churchill with trainer Carl Bowman, has 4 wins and 2 seconds from 7 career starts. The Unbridled’s Song filly won a small stakes at Indiana Downs in her last appearance.

Entries for the Gardenia will be drawn Thursday.

◗ The inaugural HullabaLOU music festival held July 23-25 at Churchill lost $5 million, about twice the amount they expected to lose on the event, company officials said this week.

Extreme heat was among the factors leading to about 12 percent fewer than the goal of 90,000 tickets being sold. Sixty-five bands played on five different stages during the outdoor event. Despite the disappointing results, the track plans to host the event next year and perhaps beyond, although a process to re-evaluate all aspects of the festival will be undertaken.

◗ The Kentucky Derby Museum on Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating flood that led to the facility being closed for more than eight months and a massive renovation. The flood of Aug. 4, 2009, was remembered in several ways, including museum employees giving away rose lapel pins to customers. The museum underwent $5.5 million in repairs and updates before reopening April 18.

◗ The Sunday feature at Ellis is the Coup, an overnight handicap for older horses at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. The purse is $38,500, although $16,500 of that is restricted to horses eligible to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. First post is 12:50 p.m. Central.