May 29, 2005

Courtesy of our good friends and colleagues at World Of got an advance look at the Elitlopp contenders which revealed that three of the 16 starters are sired by Coktail Jet who is not unlike our own Revenue given his French-American genetic heritage.

Like Revenue Coktail Jet has French blood on his sire’s side though his maternal side is pure American stemming from the well remembered Cassin Hanover dam of the wonderful Elma.. Coktail Jet himself had world class trotting ability though unlike Revenue did not get the opportunity to display his wares here in this Country.
Coktail Jet goes back to the noted Cassin Hanover on his dam’s side she responsible for Elma while Revenue traces directly back to Scotch Love dam of the immortal Speedy Scot.

It was indeed Mr. Muscleman staging an almost impossible rally on a rain slicked Meadowlands surface to be up in the Cutler finale. Heard some scuttlebutt that he could be invited to the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark.

Noticed that famed Scandinavian correspondent Lars Palm concurs that Mr. Muscleman’s exclusion from Elitlopp did take away from the International championship aspect.

Normally when you hear about ROASTED TOM it’s thanksgiving time but this time Writers Hall of Fame inductee Tom White got good and roasted in Lexington last night. Congrats pal! Well deserving.

Yeah we know all this Artiscape stuff might be starting to sound a tad redundant but there in the co-feature at The Meadowlands are ARTESIAN (Artiscape-Hula Dancer). WHODUNIT (Artiscape-Nadia Lobell) ART DIRECTOR (Artiscape-Silkys Gal) and ARTICULATOR (Artiscape-Naraculous) and headlining the Open feature is MALTESE ARTIST Artiscape-Hula Dancer) all of whom went through the Perretti Farms yearling consignments a couple of years ago. And all are members of the 1:50 club with Whodunit joining that club about two weeks ago. All this and Rare Jewel (Artiscape-Michelles Jewel) who we didn’t breed or sell but has reached this level with the others.

RAINBOW BLUE (Artiscape-Vesta Blue Chip) should be back in the headlines soon having successfully qualified in 1:51at The Meadowlands on Friday. The 2004 horse is of the year is bound for the Classic Series at Woodbine. Undoubtedly Classic bound will be ESCAPE THE WIND still another Artiscape from Chicole who’s been quite prominent in the Woodbine Open class lately.

And Stonebridge Kisses (Artiscape-Two In The Morning) captured still another Mares Open at Woodbine on Friday.. Artsplace’s #1 son is doing good doncha think!

Notice that some tracks have a policy of uncoupling common interest ownership entries in instances where the offered purse exceeds a given ceiling. That’s all well and good but bettors are acutely aware that stallion values can be well exceed purse values which won’t diminish any expediency of working together in order to get the right one home.

Speaking of uncoupled entries, explain the rationale for uncoupling two horses from the same stable when the trainer is part owner of one of them.

Hey Joe Holloway guess it’s your turn now. Gonna name the just foaled Red River Hanover- Doc’s Girl colt DOC HOLLOWAY. Nice colt too. As is Modern Art’s Real Desire first crop yearling brother Modern Desire. You’ll see that one at Harrisburg this fall.

Gotta be impressed with Bret Pelling’s perceptively cerebral analysis of the differences and similarities between Western Ideal and Rock N Roll Hanover. One can well appreciate the time and effort he puts into understanding his horses.

Commissioner Scotty Tickets guaranteed. HIS “discovery” True Force would wallop co-favorite Mantrix in Saturdays Windshield Wiper final at Freehold. Considering this is sent for posting long before post time we’ll monitor the commissioner’s release. Actually True Force an 11 time winner ALREADY this year is one of our own being by Falcon Seelster from the Artsplace- Hit Parade mare Kravis Center. We’ll have a good selection of colts and fillies from choice Artsplace mares by Falcon Seelster’s leading son McArdle in our 2006 consignment to Harrisburg.

Then there’s MR MATTURDAY NIGHT the Matt’s Scooter older brother to True Force who’s emerging as an Open class fixture at Pompano these past nights.

Shadow Wave. (Adios-Shadow Grattan) sire of Super Wave, Invincible Shadow, Ingenue etc was still another of those 3-year-olds to beat his elders accomplishing same at Hollywood Park in 1956 in the American Pacing Classic.

It’s still unfathomable that Adios Butler clocked a final 8th in 11.2 at the end of a mile and one eighth pacing classic passing the mile 1:59.4 and hitting the wire in 2:11.1.
That stretches out to a :22.4 quarter which unless the clock at Hollywood Park was a bit out of whack has never even been remotely approached.

The New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotters gets underway with colts going today Memorial Day and the fillies on Wednesday. Many of the contestants are also Hambletonian eligibles which brings up a rather fascinating scenario. Thus far there has not been definitive movement towards allowing State breds conceived via embryo transort entrée into New Jersey Sires Stakes races. It’s only a matter of time before an ET winds up winning The Hambletonian and it will be more than a trifle disconcerting should a New Jersey sired Hambletonian champion not to be eligible to the Sires Stakes.

Bob Marks



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