It was Bramasole (Muscles Yankee-Dream of Power) getting
up to edge Silver Springs in the PERRETTI MATCHMAKER at
The Meadowlands on Friday night. Being a Muscles Yankee,
you’re not likely to breed her to Muscles Yankee though
she’ll cross superbly with Windsongs Legacy, Revenue
or Dream Vacation which ever one they choose having won
a free service to a Perretti trotting stallion.
THE BEAT GOES ON.
They were “Rockin on Bandstand” some 80 miles
Northeast of Philadelphia PA on what is perhaps the greatest
stage in Harness Racing known as The Meadowlands Racetrack
as Rocknroll Hanover demonstratively illustrated he is indeed
the class of this crop. The son of Western Ideal-Rich N
Elegant was overpowering in open lengths victory in a stakes
record 1:48.3 According to trainer Brett Pelling Rocknroll’s
next start will likely be The Oliver Wendell Holmes at The
Meadowlands on Hambletonian day.
Don’t care how they pronounce it but the intention
was Mattios like Adios from Armbro Vamoose and what a nice
filly she’s turned out to be for Jimmy Tolson holding
off the highly regarded Mythical in the $175,000 New Jersey
sires stakes final for 2-year old pacing fillies in 1:54.3.
This year’s edition from Armbro Vamoose is CHOCOLART
MOOSE who is as nice an Artiscape colt as you’re likely
to see. He’s headed for Harrisburg in November.
And as far as the still potent Matt’s Scooter is
concerned we’ll be taking a quintet of his get comprising
two colts and three fillies to what should be an invigorated
Garden State sale at the showcase New Jersey Horse Park
in September. They include two colts MATTINEZ (Matt’s
Scooter-Armbro Tequila) MAMATTMA GHANDI (Matt’s Scooter-Arts
Golden Lady) and three fillies COSMATTICS (Matt’s
Scooter-Capades Dancer) GEOMATTICAL (Matt’s Scooter-Key
Of Life) and MATTCEDONIA (Matt’s Scooter-Zara)
This consignment will also feature four Artiscapes including
ART HEARTED (R G Hannah) first foal from a sister to $660,000+
winner and 1:50 performer Noble Intent
Remember we’ve sold some pretty good horses at The
Garden State sale over the years including 05 NJSS filly
champion MATTIOS and this year’s stellar Free-For
Aller MALTESE ARTIST.
WHO WAS THE MASKED MAN?
Hey Dave Palone whaddya do now? PALONE RANGER (Western Ideal-Mercy
Mercy Mercy) was rather impressive winning his baby race
in 1:57.1 on Saturday. Indeed, the time may come, when you’ll
have to choose between driving PALONE RANGER or DAVE PANLONE
another nice pacing colt. Its inevitable they’ll draw
in together at some point.
Commissioner Scotty Tickets was wondering “how come
they didn’t switch the Dancer, and Delvin Miller,
to Saturday which would have set up a blockbuster Pace card
similar to what Woodbine presented on Cup Night?”
seeing as how the Hambletonian and Oaks elims and finals
are on Saturdays anyway.
The Commissioner was also wondering if anyone is indeed
“judging the judges” after Southfork got placed
last for “pacing” at the wire after finishing
second to Ken Warkenton is Friday’s 10th race. Seems
the numbers were officially posted and anyone that backed
Warkenton and third place finishing Getting Down And Dirty
in the exacta got zilch as the disqualification occurred
long after the race was declared official. Moreover, Southfork
actually finished some two and one half lengths behind the
winner but at least four lengths ahead of the third place
finisher. No matter how many times you watch it from here
on in, the Hopkins-Taylor verdict ain’t gonna be reversed!
Nor will the eligible receiver erroneously declared ineligible
be reinstated to eligible when Monday morning reviewing
declares the officials blew one.
Echoing DAVE LIKER’s sentiments in the Horseman concerning
official and unofficial times clocking horses is something
we always did in those prehistoric days before replays.
His story about Steeler who was manually clocked in 1:52.3
is somewhat reminiscent of the No Nukes saga in the 1981
Woodrow Wilson. After his paddock and starting gate fiascos
No Nukes paced an incredible three quarters to not only
catch the field but to loom boldly on the final turn before
expiring from his arduous efforts. Who knows how fast he
was actually timed.
Remember reading about a colt named Lumber Dream who thought
he was Silky Sullivan out at Santa Anita (Yes Virginia,
they ran HARNESS at Santa Anita Park) in the dinosaur days.
Seems Lumber Dream refused to start, conceded the field
about 100 lengths and passed them all in midstretch in about
2:04 and some odd. At the time (1961) 3-year-olds in March
seldom if ever approached 2:00 on any sized track. It was
calculated that Lumber Dream must have individually clocked
1:58 and a piece unheard of back then,
Saw him at Yonkers one torrential evening where after breaking
at the start he regained 15 lengths got past Sweet Miriam
(Hi Howard!) at the quarter pole, only to make another ground
losing break and still beat the first of the outstanding
Kaola Hanover’s girls who by years end was considered
second or third best to Way Wave.
Lumber Dream whose name whose name was either Lumber Dream
or Tillys Boy depending upon what year it was (Yes Virginia
they did those things back then as we all remember how Meadow
Newport got named Adios Mir after changing owners) eventually
became a very significant stallion down under.
Can also recall Speedy Scot making one of his notorious
starting gate breaks in his first start back as a 4-year-old
at Yonkers in a mile and one quarter event. I got Scottie
the last mile in 2:01 after calculating that he regained
some 15 lengths in the opening quarter which was officially
clocked in:30.4 Which means Speedy Scot trotted his mile
and one quarter in the vicinity of 2:29 at a time when Porterhouse
held the existing record of 2:32.3
Yes Dave Liker! We agree!