10/04/2009 11:00PM

Trainer profile: Patricia Farro


Trainer Patricia Farro won at only 7 percent at this year's Monmouth Park meet, saddling 8 winners from 117 starters. For this barn, though, a new season begins when the Meadowlands opens, and Farro can be expected to get rolling in a hurry now that the Big M 2009 meet is underway.

Over the past five years, Farro has won at only 9 percent overall at Monmouth but it's in the fall when the barn comes alive. In fact, back in 2004, Farro, who turns 58 this week, became the first female in the history of the Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet to win the training title, and she has been steady since. She won with 9 of 45 runners locally last season, and there's nothing to indicate she won't enjoy another good year at the Meadowlands in 2009.

Farro is the trainer of record but she runs her stable along with her husband, Mike, and while the team wins at a decent clip in many categories, the numbers go up almost across the board when considering strictly Meadowlands races. For instance, their numbers with horses making their first starts off the claim don't jump off the page, though they are good. Over the past five years, Farro has won at 13 percent with new acquisitions through the claim box, with 35 percent of the runners hitting the board, and she sports a decent $1.85 return on investment. When newly-claimed horses make their next starts at the Meadowlands, they're 7 for 19 (37 percent).

In addition to New Jersey, the Farros also run a good number of horses at Philadelphia Park, and elsewhere, but it's at the Meadowlands where the barn excels.

"The Meadowlands just always seems to work out well for us," said Mike Farro. "Monmouth Park is a tough meet. You have to have the right horses. The Meadowlands seems to be a little easier in terms of quality. We've always done well, and we love it here. It's always been good to us."

Clearly, the Farros are best with claimers, and New Jersey-bred claiming sprinters are a specialty of the barn, which scores at 25 percent (7 for 28) with such runners in East Rutherford, with 68 percent of those runners hitting the board. Only 10 percent of the barn's allowance runners have won over the past five years, and that figure slides to 7 percent when considering only statebred allowance races (Farro is 0 for 16 in stakes races since 2004).

The addition of blinkers is also not a positive angle for the barn, but there are subtleties that make that equipment change a plus for Farro; namely, when the race in question is two turns. Farro is 0 for 26 with horses adding blinkers in sprint races since 2004, but she's 3 for 13, with a positive ROI ($3.72), in routes with the hood added during that same time span.

Team Farro doesn't fare all that well with horses adding Lasix for the first time, under any circumstances. Since 2004, the barn has just 1 win from 25 starts with such runners. She does, however, excel with horses coming off a win, as she's able to keep her horses in good form for a while. Farro is able to coax a repeat win from 17 percent of her runners coming off victories, and that number climbs to 19 percent when considering only sprinters.