MORE THAN JUST
THE SIRES STAKES
In answer to a number of inquiries and perhaps a misconception
or two, THE NEW JERSEY RACING PROGRAM actually comprises
a number of lucrative events in which the signature Sires
Stakes occupies a portion. Races like the New Jersey Classic,
Miss New Jersey, Lou Babics, Harold Dancer, Helen Dancer,
Charles Smith, Helen Smith and Green Acres Series all fall
under the comprehensive umbrella of The New Jersey Racing
Program in which a horse must be New Jersey sired in order
to gain eligibility.
In addition there’s the season long overnight program
for New Jersey owned or sired horses.
Moreover, the spring editions of the New Jersey Sires Stakes
can and do serve as prime stepping stones to such traditional
Meadowlands classics as The Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace,
Wilson, Sweetheart etc.
Therefore when breeding to a New Jersey Stallion the resulting
foal gains access to the highly comprehensive New Jersey
Racing Program and all the residual benefits inherent therein.
In fact, Rocknroll Hanover used the New Jersey Sires and
New Jersey Classic elim and final as his competitive stepping
stones to the The North American Cup and Meadowlands Pace
which followed immediately thereafter.
Under the stewardship of Nicole Kraft, the December Hoofbeats
equals if not surpasses the November offering especially
the people elements.
Rick Sigsby does indeed capture some “moments”
with his moment in time discourses highlighting the memoirs
of harness personalities like Bob Boni, Chris Boring, Sam
If I remember correctly Chris Boring, there was a vicious
wind on Messenger night at Roosevelt in 1966 when Romeo
parked True Duane for the duration. And when your Duane
Hanover-Truella Chief colt won the Pacing Classic he beat
not only Bret Hanover but Cardigan Bay as well!
Also liked Tim Bojarski’s look at Call For Rain,
and the candor of Blair Burgess in “Blairing out”.
Do seem to remember mentioning to Jim Campbell that Call
For Rain would indeed prove the most formidable opponent
awaiting Run The Table prior to The Meadow Skipper at The
In retrospect, that pacing crop comprising Table, Call
For Rain, Jate, Jaguar, Laag and Frugal Gourmet was among
the strongest and deepest on record,
Dean Hoffman struck a chord with his Like Father Like Son
dissertation and how apples don’t fall to far from
their genetic trees.
If memory serves, Albatross did indeed look more like “mom”
Voodoo Hanover but Most Happy Fella definitely picked up
the Meadow Skipper traits.
Interesting how Albatross’ influence focused on being
the broodmare sire of stallion leaders Artsplace and Western
Hanover both of whom have been atop the charts since the
Arnie Almahurst may have been the “clone” of
Speedy Scot but the other son Speedy Crown changed the breed!