Ludington, MI — The crowd at the Western Michigan Fair in Ludington, Mich., witnessed history in the fourth race on Monday (Aug. 5) as 14-year-old gelding T Red notched his 100th career win by open lengths.
The son of Cams Eclipse, bred by Mark Matthews of Jerome, Mich., and owned and trained by Henry Gulley of Cement City, Mich., has been chasing his 100th career win on Michigan’s summer fair circuit.
“I was getting nervous we weren’t going to get there, and I am really happy he got the win in Michigan,” said Gulley.
Kathy Clemons joined Gulley in the winner’s circle.
“She was there for his first win and now she is here for his 100th,” continued Gulley.
“It gives you chills being a part of win 100,” said regular driver Ryan Ver Hage. “The crowd really cheered us on at the half, and it was just an awesome feeling when we crossed the wire. I am thankful to Henry for the opportunity to drive a horse like Red.”
Gulley purchased T Red in 2009, and all but 19 of the chestnut gelding’s 460 starts have been under Gulley’s care. After not racing as a 2-year-old, he took his lifetime mark of 1:51.1 as a 5-year-old at Indiana Downs and has amassed earnings of $469,103, all while never racing for a purse larger than $30,000.
The Michigan war horse will continue to race through the end of the season, according to Gulley.