“Kind of crazy”: Full siblings triple up at Laurel Park

“Hi neighbor – have a ‘Gansett!” the longrunning ad campaign for Narragansett Beer urged.

But New Englander Michael Gorham, who these days has himself a three-pack of Gansetts, isn’t likely to want to share any of his anytime soon.

Gorham, based at Laurel Park and on the brink of 1,400 career wins, recently accomplished a feat rarer than hen’s teeth. In the space of nine days, he sent out three full siblings – all by Maryland sire Mosler and out of the winning Jump Start mare Gansett – to victories at Laurel.

“I don’t know if that has ever happened,” Gorham said with a laugh. “In that short a time, three fulls to win, that was kind of crazy.”

The three – five-year-old Captain Quint, four-year-old Touisset, and three-year-old Quint’s Brew – all are owned by Paul Berube and Karen Linnell, with the latter two owned in partnership with Heather Hunter. Berube and Linnell bred all three, the two older ones in partnership with Country Life Farm, which stands Mosler, and the youngest in partnership with Spinnaker Hill Farm.

The best of the group might be the youngest. Quint’s Brew, off at 7-1 in a maiden special weight race March 2 at Laurel, dueled for command early before drawing away to a three-length win under jockey Raul Mena.

“He ran great,” Gorham said. “He had trained well in the morning, nothing too flashy, but you knew he had it in him. He trains like an older horse.”

Quint’s Brew, a sizable youngster, had prepared for his debut with a steady string of works starting November 11. Notably, on January 31, he had fired a bullet, breezing a half-mile in 48 seconds flat. That was the fastest of 44 half-mile moves that day.

“He worked with his brother that day, with Captain Quint,” Gorham recalled. “That’s when I got a line on him. They worked together, and I asked both jocks, and they said the baby was the better horse. The baby could have drawn off at any time.”

Given the age difference – Captain Quint is five, while Quint’s Brew at the time was an unraced sophomore – that was an impressive statement. It’s also notable that, while Captain Quint may not be a world-beater, he’s a solid racehorse. He owns three wins and nearly $125,000 in career earnings from 17 starts.


Despite getting outworked by his younger brother, Captain Quint delivered an impressive score February 23 to kick off the Gansett parade, rallying from 11 lengths off the early pace to win a Maryland-bred allowance going seven furlongs by almost two lengths.

“He ran his best race the last time he ran. He has a good amount of talent, and it seems like a middle distance, seven-eighths to a one-turn mile, is his best,” Gorham said. “He was way back, and he kind of made a big move. He got to the outside, and he ran on and drew off late, so it was pretty impressive.”

Eight days later, on March 1, Touisset, a four-year-old filly, did the “anything you can do, I can do better” routine, winning a first-level allowance by 3 ½ lengths at 5-1 odds.

“She’s a little different from the others. She’s kind of more speed,” Gorham said of the filly following her front-running score. “She gets to the front, and she gets brave. She’s turned it on now as a four-year-old, where she’s run her best races her last few races.”

Touisset has won two of her last three and four of 14 overall. She now has purse earnings of $122,570.

“We had all the races marked for them, just on normal schedules,” Gorham said, adding with a laugh, “Not thinking all three of them were gonna win.”

Co-owner Paul Berube bought Gansett, now 12, when she was a two-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-old sale in Timonium, paying $13,500 to obtain her. She won two races on the track and made $56,000 but clearly is making a bigger mark as a broodmare.

Berube named Gansett after Narragansett Park. That racetrack, in Pawtucket, RI, closed in 1978 but not before Berube had had a chance to work there, Gorham said. The track played host, in 1942, to a match race between 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway and 1942 Preakness winner Alsab, the latter winning by a nose.

The track, of course, shared a first name and a nickname – ‘Gansett – with a Rhode Island-based brewery, and it’s the brewery that’s inspired Gansett’s two Quint offspring. You see…

“Captain Quint on Jaws was drinking a Narragansett Beer. That’s the correlation,” Gorham said. “He put a little thought into it.”

Quint, of course, was the shark hunter in the famous movie.

Gorham said that he didn’t expect to do anything too elaborate with his Gansetts. Look for Quint’s Brew, for example, to show up in a first-level allowance for three-year-olds next time out, where he’ll figure to be a handful. Meanwhile, his owners will enjoy this rarest of rare feats.

“They were all excited,” Gorham said. “After the first one, we knew we were going to run the other two, and we said, ‘Oh, that’d be great if all three won.’ And then it happened – it doesn’t usually go that way.”