Pretty soon, if not already, all tracks in Saintsville are going to be thriving with horses and trainers, if these one armed bandits keep popping up. Me thinks Guillot is just using the synthetic track excuse as a, well, an excuse to go where there are better purses and easier comp. In addition, he's sort of going back "home."
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Guillot back home
Trainer Eric Guillot dabbled in California racing since the late 1980s before opening up a full California string starting in 2006. But Guillot, a native Louisianan, is centralizing his operation closer to home, now.
Guillot has 35 stalls at Fair Grounds, and has started the meet there strong, winning with 4of his first 9 starters. He has more horses housed at the Evangeline training center near Lafayette, and only four Guillot horses remain in California. One of them is Mi Sueno, the Grade 1-winning 2-year-old filly who suffered a condylar fracture in her right foreleg during a workout in late September, and is recovering from surgery in a stall at Santa Anita. Guillot said Mi Sueno had screws inserted in the injured leg, and would not race again.
"She's retired," he said.
And for now, Guillot said he has retired from California racing.
"I'm done, I'm back home now," Guillot said. "I'm gonna go back out there when they put dirt back in. Do I want to be there? Yes. Do I need to be there? Yes. Will I go back before they put dirt back in? No."
Instead, Guillot has focused on the Fair Grounds meet. He said he sent 15 horses to Fair Grounds from California, and 20 more came from his string at Louisiana Downs. It's a far different setup from Guillot's fractured 2008-2009 Fair Grounds meet, when his horses started off with trainer Wes Hawley before being abruptly moved off the racetrack and onto the Evangeline training center.
"This year we got there early, and we're ready to run," Guillot said. "We're loaded for bear, and we should be strong."