Back in his racing days, Baby Boy Grin distinguished himself on the track in more than one way. Campaigned by New York trainer Larry Stalbaum, “Grin” was a warhorse that earned over $559,000 in 235 starts. He was a stable favorite - he loved his job, and his disposition was superb. What was not typical for the bay gelding was his chosen racing gait. A son of the noted pacing sire Grinfromeartoear, and out of a Jate Lobell mare, Grin was bred to the very tips of his ears to be a winner at the pace. However, all he wanted to do was trot, and he was really good at it! At today’s speeds, the odds of a pacing bred being profitable on the trot are extremely long. Grin is definitely the exception. He raced 10 years on the trot, averaging over $50,000 a year at his chosen gait. Sound and personable, the gelding arrived at New Vocations, where his long racing career made him an easy fellow to transition. He eagerly took on everything from tarps to trail rides and was ready to tackle cantering. He moved beautifully under the saddle, with a lovely headset that indicated a possible future in English disciplines. Martha LaRoche spotted Grin on the website and adopted him in December 2017. He took to his new life in South Carolina with aplomb. Martha reported on his first update that he was indeed, “WONDERFUL,” and that he was a steady and reliable gentleman no matter what her riding schedule. Within months, Grin successfully completed his first hunter pace. “He took the lead and went boldly right along,” reports DeRoche. “Streams, railroad tracks and wooden bridges didn’t slow him down a bit. I love his maturity! He is great to travel with and a perfect gentleman in every way.” New Vocations eagerly embraces the many warhorses that come to its program. The wisdom and knowledge gained from their vast racing experiences inevitably endear them to everyone.