Barn Notes

Nunn Twins Add Sibling Rivalry to Jersey Juvenile

Posted Friday, Oct 5, 2012

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In this corner, wearing the white saddle towel and weighing 1,000 pounds, with a record of one win from one start, meet Mo Mo Mo Mo… and from the other corner, wearing the grey saddle towel and weighing in at the same, here’s Beautiful Joe, also undefeated in one start. Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

            The $60,000 Jersey Juvenile on Saturday isn’t exactly a heavyweight fight, but a visitor to the barns of identical twins David and Douglas Nunn on Friday morning could certainly get that impression. When each trainer and his help arrived before dawn, they discovered that full color posters in a design typical for a boxing match had been hung on the walls and by each horse’s stall. The posters, with drawings of the horses resembling those done by famed equine cartoonist Peb for Daily Racing Form covers on major race days, promoted the battle of “Mo vs. Joe, with a special appearance by Bat Cave”.

Beautiful Joe and Bat Cave, who will also be in the field of 11 2-year-olds, are trained by Douglas and David conditions Mo Mo Mo Mo.

“The posters are fantastic. My brother and I had no idea how they got there but we are having all kinds of fun with it,” said Douglas. “It turns out that my owners, Janice and Brain Fairlie, did it. She’s a web designer and they came out great. Everyone loves them and they’ve been posted all over Facebook.”

            The Nunns, both of whom are former riders, have trained a string of horses at Monmouth separately for a long time but Saturday marks the first time they will ever compete against one another in a stakes race. Their intense sibling rivalry is geared up.

            “We have always been very competitive,” said David. “Whether it was soccer, volleyball, track and field, or riding, I always had to do what my brother was doing, only better. This is the first time we’ll be racing in a stake against one another, so the race is especially exciting. All of this build-up makes it even more fun, absolutely. But we drew a bad post position (the #2). I’d take Doug’s (the #11 for Beautiful Joe) any day. His horse can break out of the gate and get a great trip to run his race.”   

            Douglas said that although both geldings are coming in to the race in great shape, Bat Cave is being overlooked and is undeserving of the long shot morning line odds.

            “I think that Bat Cave is the horse to beat and that he’s really going to surprise people,” said Douglas. “If this really were a heavyweight boxing or MMA fight, he would definitely come out the winner because he is the meanest horse alive. He will always try to bite you or kick you.”

            The twins’ mother, who is a retired trainer, is coming to Monmouth to watch her twins compete in the Jersey Juvenile despite suffering with some serious health problems.

            “Our dad (who was also a trainer and has passed away) and mom taught us everything we know,” said Douglas. “I would definitely love to see a Nunn exacta on Saturday. My brother and I are competitive, but when it comes right down to it, I’d love to beat him. But if I can’t, I want to see him win.”

 


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