“Puppy dog” Bull Meechum on a 3-game winning streak *The Racing Biz
Although his somewhat docile demeanor around the barn earned him a contrary nickname, Bull Meechum turned into a tiger on the trail of trainer Anthony Farrior. The West Virginia-born talent has now won three straight tournaments at Charles Town and looks set to make his playing debut next month.
Bull Meechum. a five-year-old Limehouse gelding that Farrior trains for owner-breeder Conroy Thoroughbreds LLC, notched his third consecutive score on May 25 by taking an allowance dash of a lap in 52.34 seconds as a 3-10 favorite with Arnaldo Bocachica on board.
Bull Meechum’s laid-back manner earned him the nickname “Puppy Dog” around the barn. His efforts on the track, however, and his winding path to success earned him a lot of respect from Farrior.
“He’s definitely a barn favorite,” Farrior said of Bull Meechum, who has made four of five starts this year and boasts six wins and nearly $110,000 cashed in 12 career tries. “Around the barn, it’s just a big adorable puppy. It’s almost like a pet, but once it’s on the trail and through the door, it’s utterly professional. He has so much speed and raw talent. It just keeps getting better. He’s recovered from two cracked shins and he’s still able to run as fast as he does.
Bull Meechum began his career on January 8, 2020 and competed in the first four special weight events that year before suffering the first of two foot injuries and getting his first long vacation after a runner-up effort in May 2020 .
Bull Meechum returned to the track the following spring and graduated against the young claimant on March 25, 2021. He finished fourth in his next outing in April before getting another extended layoff, this one almost eight months due to shins, before returning to defeat the contenders again on December 3, 2021.
Given his medical condition, Bull Meechum has maintained a busy schedule since the schedule changed to 2022. He raced on February 18, March 18, March 26, April 13 and May 25. All but the March 18 race – in which he finished third – ended with Bull Meechum having his photo taken.
Bull Meechum has posted three straight net scores, beating allocation foes on March 26 by nearly three lengths in 52.10, beating the next allocation company as odds pick by four lengths in 51.85, and then recently prevailed as a 1-5 favorite in a one-round open allocation.
“I hate being the 1-5 favorite,” Farrior said. “It seems like everyone expects you to win and when you don’t it’s so disappointing. But he’s been really good the last three months. state but his last two ran into an open company I named him to [$75,000] It’s just money stakes [on June 11]. There are only 17 days left until his last race, but I don’t think that rapid delay will bother him.
Bull Meechum is a homebred for Conroy Thoroughbreds out of Songandaprayer mare Pink Gloss, a 10-time career winner. With his strong 2022 year to date, the horse they call Puppy Dog has become Conroy’s top earner.
Bull Meechum would make his in-game debut if he posted in It’s Only Money Stakes. He could later attempt other one-turn stakes for state breeds, the Last Enchantment and the West Virginia Dash For Cash Breeders’ Classic.
Although he was not born in West Virginia, It’s Only Money earned his fame by capturing the inaugural race of the $50,000 Charles Town Dash on July 4, 1999 for owner-trainer Tom Grams. It’s Only Money finally retired with six wins and over $155,000 in 29 careers.