October 10, 2005

Its wonderful learning that Harrington handled a record $938,821 last Tuesday but that unfortunately is a HEADLINE not the actual story. It would be far better to know how it was broken down like how much on track? How much off track etc?

KVETCH HANOVER daughter of KIBITIZER HANOVER. Another all time great name from Hanover’s Russell Williams…

As good as it was HEARING Sam McKee’s audio call of the near record 1:55.1 time trial by the Dream Vacation filly Banza Hanover it would have been far better to have actually SEEN IT visually instead being forced to view the graphic screen on display. What happened? Someone neglected to push the play video button perhaps?

Remember that’s what they’re seeing in simulcast land!

Always thought the Futurity appropriately curtained the Lexington experience. The way it is now makes the second week somewhat anti climactic.

If the TATTERSALLS PACE is to emerge as a truly classic event it must either be an appropriately pursed single dash or utilize the heats format in which the winner must win two. Otherwise it’s a rehashing of The Bluegrass and odds on not to achieve the match up everyone was anticipating.

Would any of those Allerage eligibles have beaten American Ideal on Futurity day?

There’s no question that the 3-year-old pacing pendulum has shifted over to a thoroughbred Triple Crown slant with the major money events like the North American Cup and Meadowlands pace so early in the season. Like the runners what comes afterwards for the glamour boys has morphed into the second season.

The trotting season commences on Hambletonian day and is still in full swing by Lexington time.

Come to think of it is there any reason not to disclose the clientele list of those vets under suspension from the Ontario Racing Commission? Or doesn’t the public have a right to know? And don’t we have any investigative reporters left in the industry?

Why wasn’t that RUNAWAY trotter scratched? He probably went almost an extra heat prior to regrouping for that belated restart which was hardly equitable to the betting public. As it was, he trotted maybe half a mile in the actual race before succumbing to exhaustion.

Given the shroud of secrecy that precluded announcement of THE DISPERSAL, could we assume that perhaps someone suspected disclosure might negatively impact THE YEARLING SALE?

Don’t like. Absolutely LOVE the direction HOOF BEATS has taken under the stewardship of Executive Editor Nicole Kraft. The October issue was a GEM especially with all the human interest stuff.

Clint Eastwood as Bob McIntosh? I can see that!

More next week.

Bob Marks.



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