What a way to polish off an already superior meet. Mull of Kintyre completed his 2023 Indiana campaign Friday, Dec. 8 with his 10th straight win and his 13th overall to be the leading horse of the meet by wins at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Trained by Tyler George, the high claiming gelding was a winner for driver Trace Tetrick in his final Indiana race in 1:50.4.
Mull of Kintyre led gate to wire in the win against $30,000 claimers. Upon his return to the winner’s circle accompanied by Tetrick’s theme song, “Thunderstruck” playing, he was greeted by a group of 11 supporters associated with Castaldo Racing of Illinois, who lined up all the way across the front of Mull of Kintyre for the winner’s circle photo.
A son of Well Said, Mull of Kintyre was unraced at two. He began his career last season in Delaware, breaking his maiden at Harrington Raceway in May of 2022. He first came to Indiana under the direction of Trainer Missy Essig through a private transaction and was claimed by Jason Brewer before coming to the Tyler George barn Sept. 21. From that point on, Mull of Kintyre has been perfect, winning all 10 of his starts with Tetrick in the bike. Overall, the four-year-old leaves Harrah’s Hoosier Park with 16 wins this season in 34 starts. His quickest time was taken in late October in 1:49.3. He now has more than $142,000 in career earnings.
Included in his string of wins for the George Stable was a victory in the claiming series final of the $22,000 Garden State Park. That victory over Fox Valley Sampson gave him his career mark of 1:49.3 after traveling first over for the win by nearly six lengths.
Mull of Kintyre will transfer his talents over to Ohio for the winter for his new connections. Scott Linville and Jonas Schmucker claimed the four-year-old following his last Hoosier Park start from Castaldo Racing Stable of Illinois and TG Stable LLC of Indiana. He will continue to compete in the higher claiming ranks at Dayton and Miami Valley.
Nationally, the 16 wins this season turned in by Mull of Kintyre ranks him in seventh place among all pacers. Coaches Corner, another Indiana sired pacer, is ranked third with 18 wins along with Little Rocket Man, who is tied for fourth with 17 wins in 2023 through Dec. 12, 2023.