Trainer Morris Nicks Announces Retirement

Following a successful training career that spanned over five decades, Morris Nicks has announced his retirement.

A two-time graded stakes winning trainer, Nicks saddled winners at such caliber like Run Johnny, who took the Grade III Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs in 1999 as well as Golden Sonata the winner of Oaklawn Park’s Gr. III Oaklawn Breeders’ Cup Stakes in 2004. Other notable Nicks trainees include the likes of stakes winners Smitty’s Sunshine, Tensas Yucatan and Northern Scene.

“It’s been good to me,” Nicks said of his training career. “Health issues are why I’m leaving otherwise I wouldn’t leave. It’s been a good career and I have enjoyed it.”

Nicks is the father of South Florida-based conditioner Ralph Nicks and plans on using some of his free time to visit with his son.

“We’ll do a little traveling and spend some time with Ralph,” Nicks said. “I don’t get to see him but maybe once a year. He once said that he wanted me to come down to Florida and help[ him. He wanted me to retire a year ago. I said ‘Well all we do is fuss’ so he said, ‘When we do that, I’ll just go to New York’ and I said ‘Oh no. I’m not staying down with sixty head while you go up to New York, I’ll go to New York’. He’s his own deal. We’ll be going down to see him in Florida and maybe up to Saratoga.”

Nicks will saddle his final starter in the ninth race on Closing Day with Noisey Boy. His most recent winner at Fair Grounds was March 24 with Nebulas.

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