July 25, 2005


RUDE AWAKENINGS (Do Not Disturb-Aerobics) who will forever be known as the inadvertent horse around here having been conceived via a surreptitious barn incident at The Meadowlands is now 4 for 4 in the win department and is proving a most pleasant surprise to owner Elmer Lamb. Mr. Lamb acquired the colt as an unstaked yearling at The Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware Ohio for $2,000 and might have more than just a modest racehorse on his hands. Seems the colt can go a heck of a lot more than the 2:02h he’s been clocked in at Martinsville Illinois.

We’ll be selling his Enjoy Lavec sister ENDORPHAN ANNIE at Harrisburg this fall.

Jimmy Tolson’s wonderful Matt’s Scooter filly MATTIOS (Armbro Vamoose) is far from the only daughter of the former world’s fastest harness horse and still potent stallion to excel this season. There’s also CC STACY (Down Time) trained by Rob Harmon an impressive winner of The American National at Balmoral setting a new track record of 1:52.4 in the process. Got three very nice Matt’s Scooter fillies bound for The Garden State Sale at The Horse Park well worthy of attention. Matt’s Scooter also has a pretty nice colt named Ralph And Richie an impressive repeat winner at The Meadowlands.

It was the Dream Vacation filly HEATHERS DREAM winning a division of the Tomkins Geers at Scioto last week double Dream Vacation stakes winners WHERLEY (Cnivel) and COLOR SCHEMES (Paisley Yankee) wound up 2nd and 3rd in the $175,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final at The Meadowlands. Our consignments to The New Jersey Horse Park and Harrisburg will feature a number of quality Dream Vacation colts and fillies including MY STAR TREKER the three quarter sister to the very major stakes winner My Starchip still remembered for beating the boys in the Zweig Memorial at Syracuse.

Ya need Muscles to win CLASSICS as epitomized by MR MUSCLEMAN on Saturday in his 8th consecutive fast class victory. What about HOUSETHATRUTHBUILT??? Took a world record by Peaceful Way to nail Trond Smedshammer’s MusclesYankee filly after a long first over duel in 1:51.4

Lost in the furor about this “rebate” business is that rebates are unlikely to sway anyone into bidding on a horse they had no intention of bidding on.

Definitely agree with Alan Kirschenbaum’s sentiments in Nicole Kraft’s EXPOSURE piece in the July Hoofbeats.

One thing that used to bug many a bettor at Roosevelt and Yonkers was when drivers would speak to each other during scores and warm ups. It may have been as innocuous as planning dinner on Sunday but it didn’t look that way from the grandstand.

To further elaborate the Southfork scenario mentioned by Commissioner Scotty Tickets in last weeks TROTLINE, there is probably nothing more frustrating or insulting to a bettor than to have the right number but be unable to cash because of a procedural adjustment that may occur after the fact. It leaves a sour taste and for that reason should not occur. Moreover, Hopkins was told something like make it more decisive in the rematch when his appeal for reversal in the Taylor fight was denied. And in that encounter a middleweight title changed hands.

Anybody ever stop and think what Dancer Hanover’s stallion statistics would have been without access to Romola Hanover? Toss Sweetmite Hanover into that mix also.

Hey Stew Firlotte that was indeed a son of HIS MATTJESTY named INTENDOS MATTJESTY winning the $88,000 American National for 2-year-old pacers at Balmoral on Saturday. HIS MATTJESTY (Matt’s Scooter-Lady Hathway) is the older full brother to 2006 stallion prospect ROYAL MATTJESTY who’s probably headed first for NEVELE R STUD in New Zealand this fall.

July Hot Mindale (Jennas Beach Boy-Paris Spur) and XHILARATION (Western Hanover-Motivation) took divisions of the Countess Adios last week. Paris Spur is also the dam of Wolfdancer Mindale and our own Diamonique Mindale dam of the Artiscape filly AVANT ART bound for Harrisburg in November.

Motivation is also the dam of our own GOOD VIBRATIONS who will sell a dandy Artiscape colt next year.

Bob Marks



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