HALLANDALE BEACH, FL- Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman!
Suddenly, Batman and Robin have taken on a whole new meaning at Gulfstream Park because of Robin Team Show Racing Corp., an ownership group led by Marcel Garcia that is having fun paying homage to a popular television and movie franchise while keeping the memory of dear friend and late business partner Jorge Bermudez alive
Not only do Team Robin Show's silks feature the mask worn by 'Robin the Boy Wonder,' but Garcia, his family and friends, and even the jockey form a mask with their hands every time they take a picture in the winner's circle.
"It's a cool symbol that I like to do to support Robin Team Show and my dear friend Jorge, because he came up with this idea as a sign of respect to the show," said Garcia, whose stable has won 11 of its first 76 starts with several trainers, including Antonio Sano, Rodolfo Garcia and Bernardo Lopez.
Marcel Garcia, from Valencia, Venezuela, came to the U.S. to find a place to live, bring his family to South Florida by the end of the year, and get involved in the Thoroughbred industry.
“The situation in Venezuela is very tough for my family," Garcia said. "I am trying to get them out of there as fast as I can. I love my family so much and this is why I am here because of them. I can’t wait to see them in December. They mean the world to me."
Growing up in Venezuela, Garcia loved watching the races and was intrigued by the sport.
“When I was little I didn’t grow up the traditional way, riding horses in a barn or anything like that," he said. "I knew some of the trainers and veterinarians from Venezuela so I slowly started learning the sport little by little. In Venezuela I used to see all of the horse races, but I wanted to learn more about the sport."
Garcia, who co-hosted a radio show in Venezuela along with 'Batman' Jorge Bermudez named "Robin Team Show," decided to go with the name of the radio show for his stable as a tribute to Bermudez.
“While I was working as a radio host in Venezuela, Jorge Bermudez gave me the great idea to call my horse race corporation Robin Team Show,” said Garcia. “Unfortunately, he passed away years ago in a car accident. I have so much respect for him and the show, it was an easy decision for me to name my corporation by that name."
Garcia, who currently owns 30 horses, mostly claimers, says he simply wants to continue to have fun and enjoy the sport.