EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the hockey player had himself quite the rookie season in 2011-12, scoring 52 points in 62 games and finishing just behind Gabriel Landeskog in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Fast-forward eight years and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the horse racing enthusiast has himself quite the rookie thoroughbred as part of his Vancouver-based R.N.H Stable.
The Oilers forward is co-owner of a filly named Infinite Patience that has won the first five races of her career and will look to make it six in a row at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on July 5 at the 65th running of the Fury Stakes.
According to Woodbine.com, Infinite Patience won her first five races by a total of 35 and a half lengths and was named both British Columbia Horse of the Year and B.C.-Bred Horse of the Year in 2019.
"She's very impressive and last year was so great," Nugent-Hopkins told Woodbine.com. "I'm pretty lucky to have partnered with her breeder (William DeCoursey). It's really been fun."
The Fury Stakes will be Infinite Patience's first race of 2020 and will mark the first time Nugent-Hopkins has had a horse race at prestigious Woodbine since his stable was established in 2014.
"I'm excited and I'm nervous, to be honest," he said. "I've sent a mare to Seattle and then Edmonton. I've never sent any to Toronto before... She's been training so long and she's ready to go. We'll take a shot out there and see what happens."
With Oilers training camp scheduled to begin on July 10, Nugent-Hopkins won't be able to attend the Fury Stakes, but he said he'll definitely be watching online come post time.
In 76 starts, horses from R.N.H Stable have won nine races, earned 23 second-place finishes and placed third on 17 occasions.
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