August 1, 2005

This week’s edition of Trotline will be somewhat abbreviated as once again its United Nations week here at Perretti Farms as we’ll be hosting a number of European visitors here in New Jersey for the various events associated with Hambletonian week. .Once again its great to see folks from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, France etc many of whom have evolved into friends.

It was Muscle Chips (Muscles Yankee-Perons Chip in the Hanover stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies certainly no surprise to her astute owners Neil Goldman and Charlie Norris who researched how she was altogether different than her older brother in the yearling videos at Harrisburg.

Unlike the brother who’s finally coming around as a 3-year-old this season, Muscle Chips was an absolute natural in the field and looks rather natural on the track as well. Good luck guys.

Yes Tom Faulhaber! Was indeed remembering Stanley’s trotting immortal Su Mac Lad when naming the 03 edition of Vernon Blue Chip who became Peter Haughton memorial favorite BLUE MAC LAD (Muscles Yankee) who by the looks of things is as good a 2-year-old trotter as we’ve seen anywhere this year. Guess we’ll have to call one of Red River Hanover colts MISTER RED! Can’t be the colt from Doc’s Girl as DOC HOLLOWAY has been promised to Joe!

Yes that was Commissioner Scotty Tickets’ “discovery” coming home in :26 to nail that qualifier in 1:50.4 True Force is obviously the best Falcon Seelster to hit these parts since McArdle and actually was conceived right here being out of former Perretti Farms mare Kravis Center an Artsplace daughter of the well remembered Hit Parade. Kravis Center was sold in the semi dispersal carrying True Force at Harrisburg in 2001 or else the colt would have undoubtedly been part of our The Garden State Sale consignment in 2003. We sold his Matt’s Scooter brother Mr Matturday Night there the year before and he’s evolved into a fast class race type.

Had to notice this Artiscape filly KNOCK YOURSELF OUT charging home in 1:55.1 and got a tad curious about her Keystone Andy dam Cash The Tickets seeing as how Keystone Andy was a real favorite around Roosevelt and Yonkers in the early 70’s for Lester Pullen.

Lo and behold USTA’s Pathway discloses that CASH THE TICKET is one of the true unsung great broodmares who just does her thing year after year in virtual oblivion though her production record is remarkable.

A foal of 1982, Cash The Tickets has had 12 foals to Distant Thunder, Jaguar Spur, Beach Towel, Jennas Beach Boy and now Artiscape. Everyone has raced and won with her 99 foal A Touch Of Cash being the fastest at 1:50 and her 92 foal Dynamike being the richest with $521,909 on his card. And get this in calendar year 2005 no less than of six of her 12 offspring are actively racing. And the latest one may well be SWEETHEART BOUND having started in the eliminations last Thursday.

Cash The Ticket is by Keystone Andy (Thorpe Hanover-Adioland) from Special Mig by Special Dream the first Adios Butler from the productive Dream Lady, dam also of Honest Story and Escondido.

Hats off to a very special broodmare!

Authoritative win by Mr. Muscleman in the Classic covering one and one sixteenth miles in 1:58.4 off a 1:51.3 mile. Heard some talk about matching Mr. Muscleman and Norwegian champion Steinlager in Norway this fall-which should be great if it can happen. The Muscleman is now10 for 11 on the year and next goes in the Nat Ray on Hambletonian day.

Unless we miscounted Muscles Yankee will have three in the Hambletonian this year including our own MUSCLE MEMORY (Peace Be With You), MUSCLE BOUND (Habit) and SMOOTH YANKEE (So So Chic)

Bob Marks



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