And, really, who could blame him?
A little more than three months ago, Rohrbach, who traded a career in machinery sales for that of a horse trainer, claimed his first horse for $6,500 in the form of Sylviasgivenangel. Not only did the 4-year-old Point Given filly reward Rohrbach with his first victory – in, yes, the first race he ever saddled a horse – but Sylviasgivenangel is likely to be one of the choices come Saturday when she runs against six others in the $75,000 The Monroe at Gulfstream Park.
The Monroe, for fillies and mares at a mile, will be one of 11 races on Gulfstream’s Saturday card along with the $75,000 The Bear's Den at 1 1/16 mile for 3-year-olds.
“It’s been fantastic,” said Rohrbach, who has saddled Sylviasgivenangel to two victories in four starts, including an 11 ½-length romp at a mile at Gulfstream June 28. “She’s doing wonderful. I’m blessed with this horse.”
Rohrbach, 43, used to attend the races as a child at Monmouth Park with his grandmother. Six years ago he became a partner in Pinnacle Racing Stable, best known as the owners of 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance. While Rohrbach wasn’t part of Musical Romance’s success, he loved the experience of going to the barns and attending the races.
“It was a lot of fun,” Rohrbach said. “I’d go out in the mornings and I got hooked on it. I thought, ‘This would be a pretty cool thing to do.’ "
After attending the Groom Elite Program and working for trainer Bill White, Rohrbach went all in – claiming Sylviasgivenangel on April 11. The filly had always been popular at the claim box with Rohrbach being her seventh claim.
“I just like the way she came down the stretch,” he said. “She never gave up, she was always game.”
After winning first-time out for Rohrbach May 3 in a $12,500 claimer, Sylviasgivenangel finished second a $16,000 optional claimer and ninth on the turf before winning in an optional $25,000 claimer last time out. “She’s one of those fillies who doesn’t like to lose,” Rohrbach said. “She has a huge heart, a lot of class, and mentally she’s all together.”
Sylviasgivenangel will have to beat a field in The Monroe that includes three from the barn of trainer Marty Wolfson – Quiet Hour, Kiss to Remember and the Claiming Crown’s Glass Slipper winner Best Behavior - as well as the stakes-placed Lemon Point.
Rohrbach is hoping for a clean trip Saturday. When asked about his future plans, he said, “I might possibly claim some more.”