Q-Racing Blog: Impressive Debut

Did you see Going Noble run?

Did you see Going Noble run?

Any owner, breeder or trainer would like to have a horse make a racing debut like Going Noble did in the trials to the $238,090 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March 3.

The finals of the 300-yard futurity will be contested on March 21.

It isn’t as much what Going Noble did in his trial, it’s what he didn’t do. He did nothing wrong. He looked more like a veteran gelding than a first-time starting 2-year-old in March. He started well and dashed straight to the finish line under little urging.

“He ran really well,” said trainer Keith Lanny. “He’s been training really well and if he can duplicate that (trial effort) he will be tough to outrun.”

Lanny made a bold move before the trials.

The trainer starts all of his colts in a flipping halter.

“In a schooling race two weeks before the trials, he shied from it, so I took it off,” said Lanny. The gamble paid off with the 2-length trial win in :15.563 for 300 yards. He set that time in the first trial and it held up as the top time through seven trials.

Bred and owned by Mercy Hinklin’s Quarter Horse Farm LLC, Going Noble is a third-generation Hinklin-bred. Mercy and husband Ray bred his dam and his second dam. They also bred Going Noble’s sire, FDD Going Grand, a son of FDD Dynasty. Going Noble is from the second crop of three-time stakes winner FDD Going Grand.

“It’s a blessing,” said Mercy Hinklin of Going Noble. “He has good conformation with good legs, good underline and a good front end.”

He has one fault; he’s a swayback. Hence, his barn name is Swayback.

A year ago, Lanny went to Hinklin’s farm to check out the yearlings. Going Noble was down in the corner of a pasture and the last yearling Lanny observed. He immediately saw the swayback. Lanny and the Hinklins decided to keep him instead of putting him in a sale.

“With the swayback, he wouldn’t bring anything,” said Lanny. “So, we might as well run him.”

The Hinklins have 12 broodmares and breed them to leading sires with more mares going to FDD Going Grand this year.

“The FDD Going Grand babies are looking good,” said Mercy.

Also, they have embryo transfers out of their mares by One Famous Eagle and FDD Dynasty.

“We just keep upgrading our mares,” said Mercy. “We like babies that are good looking and moving well.”

Ray had a heart attack in December and then his heart stopped on the operating table in February. He is doing well now, but they were unable to attend the trials.

“We watch the replay of Going Noble’s trial over and over,” said Mercy.

Going Noble’s future will be decided after the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity. He is paid up in the Firecracker Futurity on July 4 at Delta Downs. The trials are on June 9.

“We are just going to try to keep him sound this year,” said Lanny. “When we were training him (before the trial), we took it easy and didn’t pressure him.”

Going Noble is the result of “a lot of hard work and expense,” said Mercy. “My husband and I love what we do.”

That is now paying off with a swayback gelding that has yet to make a mistake.

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