04/28/2015 12:01PM

Mid-Atlantic: Reid returns to training but on a smaller scale


Mark Reid cut back his stable drastically in the mid-1990s, and in 2000 stopped training completely, switching his focus to the bloodstock side of the industry. At the time, he was the all-time leading trainer at Philadelphia Park and Garden State Park.

But Reid has had a few starters in the last six months, running Vale Ridge in three maiden races between last October and January and Dreaming of Andy A in four low-level claiming races in Pennsylvania since February. When Dreaming of Andy A won a $6,000 claiming race at Penn National on March 28, it gave Reid his first winner since Feb. 28, 2000.

This summer, Reid will have a dozen or so horses based at Delaware Park.

“I got the itch again,” Reid said. “I got a little tired of watching the grass grow, and I realized that I am more of an action guy than I thought.”

Reid has done extremely well in the bloodstock business. He purchased Medaglia d’Oro, You, and Midas Eyes on behalf of Edmund Gann and managed the career of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

In 2005, Reid purchased Walnut Green Farm in Unionville, Pa., and has been breeding and raising horses ever since, including Plum Pretty, the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks. He is partners in Walnut Green Bloodstock with Tony Dutrow and Jimmy DiCiccio.

Reid doesn’t intend to build his stable into a large operation.

“The days of winning trainer titles are long passed for me,” he said. “I just want to have a good, decent string of horses with a couple of nice, young horses sprinkled in. Delaware Park has always been one of my favorite tracks because of the country setting. I am just looking to enjoy the latter part of my career doing something that I love.”

The Delaware Park meet opens Preakness Day, May 16.