MORE VIDEOS COMING
Get ready Mr. Hall Of Famer. Hey Stew this one is for you.
Courtesy of good friend Dom Rebelo and his video magic even
more races will be posted on this site including the never
to be forgotten 1996 Breeder’s Crown epic turned in
by the then 2-year-old His Mattjesty just one of so many
outstanding individuals developed by Canadian Hall Of Fame
candidate Stew Firlotte. You’ll also hear one of the
all time great racecalls by the incomparable Frank Salive.
Also up for Hall Of Fame nomination is the very deserving
David Wilmot and the great racehorse and sire Run The Table,
one of our all time favorites and sire of the brilliant
race and broodmare Cathedra. Run The Table was a major part
of that fabulous crop of 87 that also included Call For
Rain, Jate Lobell, Frugal Gourmet, Laag and Jaguar Spur!
Hey Stew Coupla more recent foals from mares you had something
to do with… Capericorn (Artiscape-Cape Matteras) dropped
a real nice Red River Hanover colt while Lady Of the Sea
(Jate Lobell-Kinway Heather) had a gorgeous Real Desire
filly. Last we heard they were still enamoured with Lady
Of The Sea’s Matt’s Scooter 2-year-old now named
LeBanjes Best purchased at the South Florida Sunshine Sale.
Speaking of Red River Hanover Jeff Snyder your former race
filly Paula’s Promise just dropped a real nice colt
by Rock N Roll Hanover’s three quarter brother. Didn’t
see Rock N Roll’s reported :25.4 last quarter schooler
though did see his impressive debut qualifier. Rock N Roll
and Village Jolt are bound for the upcoming New Jersey Sires
Stakes and New Jersey Classic. The Red River Hanover foals
are impressive thus far..
Hey NORTHFIELD PARK. Real Artist is an excellent stallion
but he’s not the sire of Battle Of Lake Erie headliner
and USTA’s horse of the month for April Maltese Artist.
That one like his full brother Artesian is by Artiscape
and one of two sub 1:50 performers for the dam Hula Dancer.
We’ll also post the memorable world championship
performance of McArdle’s sire Falcon Seelster at the
Delaware Fairgrounds. And with it another all time great
racecall by the equally incomparable Roger Huston!
And if you turn up the volume on Revenue’s Allerage
performance from The Red Mile you’ll hear a super
call by another incomparable Sam McKee.
Huston, McKee and Salive. Sounds like a law firm John Grisham!
Commissioner Scotty Tickets was wondering how come harness
tracks which become simulcast meccas on Derby day don’t
adjust live post times in order to capitalize on the overflow
crowds still in attendance?
Although you’re reading this after the Derby has
been run but trotlines is actually posted prior to Saturday
afternoon so for the record here’s hoping George Steinbrenner’s
Bellamy Road got all the Roses at Churchill Downs.
If we ever do a racing script the title has to be CHURCHILL’s
Extend plaudits for Jack Rice’s grandstand view in
the April Hoofbeats. It’s a must read and one we unconditionally
endorse especially the segment about cleaning up our own
act. Jack’s comments about ‘beards” or
family members subbing for suspended trainers is also right
on target. Like he says, the fans are not exactly naïve
about what transpires in that area. Maybe that’s why
we have fewer fans as the years pass.
One irony is that in other sports it’s necessary
to win in the regular season in order to make the playoffs.
We don’t have that. The problem is to the player his
individual transaction is all there is. Next week doesn’t
count. Therefore when serious prospects who really do lay
over overnight fields appear to be prepping for later on
it leaves a bad taste to those in attendance that night.
Really liked Dean Hoffman’s premise about respecting
tradition but endorsing innovation and applaud Nicole Kraft’s
thoughtful presentation the Peter Heffering proposals. In
addition Ralph Sucee really captured the essence of Matt’s
Scooter’s racing and breeding career in this his 20th
Got an advance glimpse at Bob Heyden’s poignant essay
on Stanley Dancer destined for an upcoming Canadian Sportsman
issue and it IS definitely Hervey Award material.
And get this. Now there’s been discussion in the
Swedish media about the Mr. Muscleman-Elitlopp scenario
as apparently others are wondering why the horse got punished
along with the trainer considering the horse was not involved
in the incident.. Perhaps the invitation could be extended
to Mr. Muscleman’s owner Adam Victor with the understanding
that any accompanying trainer would have to have a clean
O.K Gurfein’s in New Jersey. Chuck just got back from
Vegas. All we need now is Billy Joel to compose “Hambletonian
State of Mind”. We’ll be watching Chuck’s
Muscles Yankee colt Diesel Don amongst others.
Stonebridge Regal (Artsplace-Lady Joanna) is not the only
sub 1:50 performer form the dam. She had a Life Sign named
Lease On Life who scorched The Meadowlands one night in
an eyecatching 1:48.1. Stonebridge Regal looks like a colt
to be reckoned with.
Mattaroni just dropped a gorgeous Western Hanover full
sister to Armbro Bombay. That one impressed in last year’s
Jugette and just qualified a The Meadowlands. Among our
other notable foalings last week was a very nice Artplace
colt from Western Wizard she a Western Hanover from the
fast and productive Lady Genius.
Just got TROT’s State Of The Industry special edition
and will read it thoroughly. Got a feeling it will not be
a blanket endorsement for the status quo and that alone
will be positive. We’ll discuss it next week.