June 27, 2005


There are 8 million stories in the naked city or so went the line from the well remembered TV series.

This is not one of them!

But it is a story that breeders can relate to as it is not the first nor will it be the last time we face the strange case of the unexpected foal.

Seems like 3-years ago we were racing a filly named Aerobics, billed to be a very promising member of Muscles Yankee’s first crop. After all, her dam Incredible Chic was a highly successful race and broodmare with about $150,000 on her card and already credited with a quality Mr. Lavec son named Mr. Incredible who has been known to win at the Open level at The Meadowlands and Freehold.

Moreover, the filly had trained rather well at Sunshine Meadows as an early 2-year-old and accordingly was staked to the hilt. She won a start in 1:59.3 quickly accumulated over $20,000 in earnings before they concluded she just wasn’t right. They couldn’t exactly “put their finger on it” but the filly “tain’t right” “ best to stop and turn her out”.

No problems there and perhaps 6-8 weeks thereafter it got kind of noticeable that this Aerobics had added a pound or two. Sure enough the obligatory check revealed an unplanned pregnancy.


Some months thereafter Aerobics after a perfectly routine delivery was indeed the dam of a rather handsome stud colt by Lord knows what?

Won’t bore you with the details but some diligent detective work by a loyal caretaker revealed that there was indeed a barn incident in which several horses got loose although unlike the famed Evalina Byrd-Adios Larry saga at Roosevelt this culprit was NOT found in the stall with the filly the next morning. That and hasty DNA checking soon revealed that this colt was NOT by some hotblooded hotshot trotting prospect but rather was by a Big Towner claiming type named DO NOT DISTURB one of the horses from a different stable that had gotten loose that night.

So we named the colt RUDE AWAKENING. In that he was no longer a “Harrisburg prospect” but still a well made good looking youngster nonetheless, he got registered and sent to The Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio where he brought $2,000.

And as luck would have it, somebody got a nice horse as RUDE AWAKENINGS on the pace now won his baby race in 2:02.3h. While the time may not be earth shattering, the 19 length margin of victory suggests that more might well be in the offering.

And in the spirit of planned parenthood, his Enjoy Lavec sister ENDORPHAN ANNIE sells at Harrisburg this fall.

For the record, Evalina Byrd (Poplar Byrd-Evalina Hanover) was a class C3 pacing sister to the great Bye Bye Byrd who after being rudely inseminated by the Class B2 pacer Adios Larry escalated right up the class ladder to junior free-for-all before applying for maternal leave. Ironically she was subsequently bred to assorted top stallions though her inadvertent Adios Larry product named Larry’s Byrd turned out to be her most prominent offspring.

Go get ‘em Rude Awakening! We’re rooting for you!

As an addendum to last week’s Breeder’s Crown blueprint here are some sentiments expressed in Sports Illustrated’s Inside Horse Racing column by Tom Leyden.

“Ghostzapper was the best of the best and we were in then mix for #2. With him out The Classic is the #1 option for Afleet Alex” so said an owner of the Preakness and Belmont winner

“The wish list is Saratoga but the ultimate goal is the Breeder’s Cup Classic” Nick Zito trainer of Wood Memorial winner and Derby favorite Bellamy Road.

Lost In The Fog unbeaten in seven lifetime sprint starts is being pointed for the Breeders Cup sprint.

Could there be any food for thought here?

Should be.

Congratulations Barry Goldstein! BLUR (Muscles Yankee-Blue Ridge Girl) was indeed an “elegant winner”.

Hey Russell Williams imagine all the spinoff names Rock N Roll Hanover will beget. Great name and so appropriate that he’s become all he’s become. Terrific call by Frank Salive in the Cup.

Come to think of it with the demise of CBS FM, Cousin Brucie is free to assist with some Rock n Roll names.

Anybody out there remember Alan Freed the ole king of the moondoggies?

Liked the outcross stallion article by Kathy Parker in this week’s Horseman.

Don’t know if Rich N Elegant is the absolute greatest broodmare of all time but she’s right there with Romola, Tarport Cheer, Maggie Counsel and others and may indeed be better. Suffice to say she’s the best of this era.

Beloved Angel Artsplace-Docomo. And who’s Docomo? A Matt’s Scooter-Sabella Lobell full sister to Mattaroni!

Mattaroni will consign a Western Ideal colt named DIMATTGIO to Harrisburg in November.

Whats that? Enflammatory’s 1:52.3 is a new world record for 4-year-old trotting geldings! Sure is and her full sister FIRE LANSKY will sell at Harrisburg this fall.

Bob Marks



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