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Keith Nations Stable named Barn Crew of the Month

Keith Nations Stable has been selected as the Barn Crew of the Month for June at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

The official presentation was made in the winner’s circle Wednesday on behalf of the sponsors, Indiana HBPA and Texas Corral.

Nations, a native of the Seattle, Washington area, currently has five horses stabled at Horseshoe Indianapolis. This is his second year stabling at the facility following a career that has taken him from coast to coast.

“I got started training horses in the Seattle area and then trained in California for seven years before relocating to the East Coast,” said Nations. “We relocated in 2013 and were based out of Parx, Delaware, and Monmouth and spent two winters in the Mid-Atlantic. It was just too cold for me, so we moved to Tampa and that is where our home is now. It works out well for us to come to Indiana to race during the summer and then return to Tampa for the winter.”



At one time, Nations had more than 70 horses in his barn, but he and his wife, Cheryl, are beginning to downsize and have kept one employee, Juan Martinez Rios, with them as they transition into their new racing circuit.

“Juan has been with us for 17 years,” added Nations. “He’s our only employee now. He’s like family to us. He’s very caring for the horses and goes above and beyond. He also keeps our barn looking great. We are very fortunate to have him.”

The Nations Stable received a $200 gift certificate to Texas Corral, located on State Road 9 just north of Shelbyville. They will also receive a banner on their barn to signify the excellent care of their barn while stabled at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Indiana HBPA provides the award each month to honor one stable on the backstretch for keeping a clean shedrow as well as excellent care of their horses.