BCTC’s North American Racing Academy played a role in Justify’s story
LEXINGTON, KY (June 14, 2018) — Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) North America Racing Academy (NARA) students can now boast of having worked with racing greatness early in their careers.
NARA graduates Austin Motley and David Mussad, while working for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland in 2017, were involved in the early training of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. They worked with him before he was transferred to trainer Bob Baffert in California.
During those early months both Motley and Mussad handled some day-to-day care of the big handsome chestnut colt who has now become a household name. Not really knowing what was to come, Mussad was even given the opportunity to ride Justify several times during morning training work.
“Working horses like Justify reminds riders why we love our jobs so much. To have said you’ve galloped the Triple Crown champion as a two-year-old is a constant reminder of how far I’ve come in the industry and continues to motivate me to move forward and work harder,” Mussad said.
“I clearly remember how he stood out from all the other young horses sent to us from Winstar when I was walking him one day. I knew then that he’d be a star. What a thrill it’s been!” added Motley.
Motley continues to work for Brisset as an assistant trainer, and Mussad is pursuing his riding career in southern California for multiple Breeders’ Cup winning trainer Peter Miller. They are just the latest of the NARA graduates whose training has landed them in environments where great experiences in the horse racing industry happen.