June 5, 2005


First crop trotting stallion DREAM VACATION sent out two baby race winners at Pocono launching what could be the start of a very exciting career. One of them COLOR SCHEMES (Dream Vacation-Paisley Yankee breezed home by open lengths in 2:06.2 last quarter :30.2 for Syl King was purchased by famed bargain hunter John Wagner for $2,300, Previously John had purchased Elegant Man from the first crop of Malabar Man for $4,000 and Mr. Muscleman from the first crop of Muscles Yankee for $2,000. Guess we’d better pay some attention to Color Schemes.

Dream’s other debut winner was Willow Run Hottie a $3,500 yearling purchase from Vanessa Lobell.

By Pine Chip from a full sister to Victory Dream, Dream Vacation has every license to be a sire.

More Dream Vacations started in the opening round of The Meadowlands baby races including Jack Parker’s heralded WILDWOOD DAYS (Dream Vacation-Flash Of Dignity) who won impressively in 2:04.1

Woodbine was forced to cancel the balance of the Saturday program last week due to totalizator problems that occurred after the 3rd race.

Did notice the appropriate and highly commendable accommodations offered to the fans inconvenienced that night though unfortunately similar there are no make ups for the lost racing opportunities especially for those destined for Classic or Burlington competition the week thereafter.

The lesson here is that regardless of the sentiments expressed by that “thoroughbred trainer”, we cannot just race for slot monies alone, therefore we will always be dependent upon betting handle. Thus it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the prevailing show is something exciting and pleasing to the prevailing masses.

Huge kudos to Frank Stronach and Bobby Frankel for running 2004 thoroughbred horse of the year Ghostzapper as a 5-year-old in 2005, when he obviously could have retired to stud this year. Should make for an interesting Breeders Cup Classic later on this year.

It was WHODUNIT (Artiscape-Nadia Lobell) who wound up winning what seemed like the “Artiscape” fast class feature at The Meadowlands holding off The One Night Pan in 1:51.2 over a rain slicked surface. Perhaps that was something of an omen as shortly thereafter Nadia Lobell delivered a truly spectacular colt by McArdle.

Artiscape’s own RAINBOW BLUE and MALTESE ARTIST still 1-2 in the HRC Polls were Woodbine bound for the Classics following impressive preps at The Meadowlands last week.

Commissioner Scotty Tickets’ call on TRUE FORCE was more of a proclamation rather than a mere prediction as the Perretti bred Falcon Seelster-Kravis Center colt scorched Freehold winning the Windshield Wiper final by some dozen lengths in 1:52.4. Unfortunately The Ken Rucker trainee has very limited stake engagements this year and will have raced after this is posted in the Mountain Skipper at Rockingham..

Speaking of FORCES, Giant Touchdown a son of Giant Force wound up second behind Steinlager in the Elitlopp last week. Giant Force, originally named Murray Plumstead was that Meadow Road yearling who was clocked “trotting to pony” at a near 2:00 clip by Tom Merriman, Anne Schlictig and Pat Waldo in one of our pastures some 15 years ago. Word got around and a modest colt that should have brought maybe $15,000 at auction wound up bringing $65,000 from Per Eriksson and Ted Gewertz and the rest you know. He earned about $1.5million, won the Roosevelt International at Yonkers and now has a son Elitlopp placed.

After all these years it still seems strange typing Roosevelt International at Yonkers.

Stan Bergstein’s TRACK TOPICS had this item describing the lawsuit brewing over the rejection of the name SALLY HEMMINGS by the thoroughbred Jockey Club brought upon by the breeder Garrett Redmond of Ballycapple Farms…

Seems the horse in question is out of Jefferson’s Secret by Colonial Affair. Sally Hemmings was the slave widely believed to be the mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

The name seems logical to us!

Muscles Yankee fillies won two of the three Casual Breeze eliminations at Woodbine with BLUR looking very impressive in 1:55.2. We’ll be consigning an Andover
Hall brother to Harrisburg named DON’T BLINK TWICE.

More next week

Bob Marks



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