Being a Graded Stakes winner, Manny is a classy horse. He knew when to step up to the plate while racing even though his basic nature was rather lazy at the track and we see the same thing under saddle here as well. He is a push ride to keep him going, but once he is there, Manny has a nice rhythmical gait and carries himself. He just needs to get back in shape after having 2 months off after being gelded. The work ethic is there, but his fitness level needs to be built back up before going on to more rigorous training for his next career. He has great ground manners and is easy to handle if you move quietly around him until he gets to know you better. Manny has no vices and is suitable for any discipline.
Manny was just gelded 6-7 weeks ago, but he is in a barn across from mares and doesn’t seem to care. He cannot be turned out with them, but he can be in the pasture next to mares. In fact, the other day when the 3 mares were fussing and squealing at each other Manny went to the top of the pasture as far away as he could get to observe all the commotion without being anywhere near it. He is a funny mix of timid and bright eyed wonder about people and the things around him. One minute he can be afraid of everything and the next he will call to you and talk to you when he hears your voice. Normal fluctuation of hormones as a result of being recently gelded that will level out in a few months. Feeding time is quite amusing when he squeals and whinnies for his grain out of pure excitement.
Travelin Man’s sire Trippi won 7 of his first 9 starts and was a Multiple Graded Stakes winner earning over $600,000. Gone West was also a Multiple Graded Stakes winner and End Sweep and Valid Appeal were Graded Stakes Placed.