The farm handles weanlings, yearlings, breaking and training horses, sales prep at all stages, older horses, lay-ups and rehab. The emphasis is on each horse’s specific needs to attain the goal that has been set for him or her and the program for each horse is created with that in mind.
New Castle runs its operation very much like a racetrack. Each horse is treated as an individual with most of the horses hot-walked by hand.
New Castle’s facilities allow Crupi to keep involved in the racing aspect of the thoroughbred industry. “We have our horses ready to run,” he said. “We’re recognized as a racetrack by the Daily Racing Form and the State of Florida, and we call in all of our workouts.”
The Crupis are not only active in breaking and training horses, but are also active as two-year-old consignors. They attend most of the major sales. Among the horses they’ve pinhooked and trained at the facility are stakes winner Abby Girl, winner of the Santa Paula Stakes and multiple graded stakes winner, Bella Bellucci, the gray French Deputy filly, who sold for $925,000, the highest price paid for a filly at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Florida February Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. “She was incredible,” J.J. Crupi said. “You could tell that she was going to be an awesome runner.”
New Castle Farm employs a large staff. “Everybody pitches in and works together,” Crupi said. “It’s like a big family affair. The people that come here just love the farm.”
From left to right:
Johnny Sacco, J.J. Crupi and Robert Crupi.
J.J. Crupi’s five keys to breaking yearlings are:
- Don’t fight the horse in the beginning. The horse will win every time. Let a yearling learn at his own pace
- Create a calm atmosphere at the stall. You always want yearlings in a relaxed state.
- “Miles make manners”, a tired horse pays attention better. Work a yearling a little harder to calm him down.
- The best horse doesn’t always win. Often times, the best-broke horse wins.
- When all is said and done, you need a talented horse to win races