Young trainer Lacey Gaudet could have a memorable afternoon at Laurel Park tomorrow. It will be special enough when she is presented with an award by the Maryland Racing Media Association, but it could get even better as she is saddling her undefeated 3-year-old, Dynamic Asset, in one of the day's big races, the $100,000 Miracle Wood
The 29-year-old, who is based at Laurel Park, will receive the Nancy Alberts Breakthrough Award, named for the popular late Maryland-based trainer whose Magic Weisner was second in the 2002 Preakness Stakes.
Gaudet, the daughter of late trainer Eddie Gaudet and Linda Gaudet, also a trainer, as well as the sister of racing analyst and television personality Gabby Gaudet, won a combined 53 races in 2016-17, including several stakes and nearly $1.5 million in prize money over the two years.
Dynamic Asset broke his maiden at Laurel in July over a sloppy track and then came back to win an optional claimer in September. The Kentucky-bred son of Astrology will be making his first start in five months in the Miracle Wood.
“He had a little issue that he needed time for, but he never left us,” Gaudet said. “Between the weather and everything we haven’t been able to set him down as much as I would have liked. We’ve always liked him.”
Watch her talk about the horse in the Maryland Racing video below.
Dynamic Asset meets six other 3-year-olds, including Tremont winner He Hate Me and stakes winner Still Having Fun.
The Miracle Wood is another step forward in Gaudet’s training career. After never winning more than ten races in each of her seven years, she not only won 53 during the past two years, she also developed John Jones into a multiple stakes winner.