ROCKIN N ROLLIN
The Rocknroll Hanover syndication is just about completed
thus this is a last call for prospective shareholders to
expedite the paperwork.
Won’t be long until MUSCULAR hits the Open level at
Pompano having won his 5th straight rather impressively
on Monday. Looks like still another noticeable Muscles Yankee
Really shouldn’t expect an exceptional drive from
what is basically a journeyman driver. You may be pleasantly
surprised from time to time but don’t expect it.
Really shouldn’t take “I’m buying the
colt” is an absolute. He might buy it but he might
well like something better in the next aisle.
Really shouldn’t evaluate a horse on the basis of
its ownership connections. Evaluate the horse on what it
Generally speaking if they’re not in the ring, they
didn’t like the horse
If you can reverse the trips and have a different result,
you have what is essentially a circumstantial winner. If
you reverse the trips and the result stays the same, you
have a definitive winner.
Don’t assume that it’s NOT an entry just because
bottom line and/or naive officialdom are trying to induce
extra handle via the uncoupled for wagering purposes only
rationale. If there’s common interest there may indeed
be common intent.
Loved Dean Hoffman’s poker face piece in the January
Hoofbeats but having been where his friend “Barry”
is, can’t accept that Barry is “hurting harness
racing” by preferring to play poker rather than “the
With poker there’s a mechanical integrity of the
play pitting the player’s individual skill versus
the random components of chance.
Race betting adds the hurdle of intent to the equation
something most players have a major problem navigating and/or
Though gamblers can rationalize almost anything, the moment
they equate losing with ambiguous intent, they’re
Harness Racing has unfortunately hurt itself by its by
elements of conduct which conflicts with the interest of
those it’s trying to attract.
Unfortunately far too many races contain starters whose
degree of competitiveness is marginal and/or questionable.
The problem here is that people wagering on these scenarios
lose money and formulate negative conclusions.
Therefore those entering what are essentially marginally
competitive horses for any reason are actually hurting harness
racing for someone is unwittingly betting on them..
Officials looking the other way by allowing or slotting
marginally or non competitive horses as fillers in order
to make the number needed to fill a race are hurting harness
racing as someone will unwittingly be betting on them.
Officials who uncouple obvious conflicts in order to increase
the betting numbers are not helping harness racing.
Sorry but in poker there’s a level playing field.
The success or failure of “the play” is determined
by the player’s degree of skill along with the luck
of the draw -not someone else’s intentions.
Those who schedule features at inopportune times are ensuring
they won’t be viewed by an optimum number of spectators.
Those who print fluff rather than facts are basically printing
Bill Weaver is a very worthy “Breeder Of The Year”
in New Jersey even if he favors maple frosted donuts.
Anyone lucky enough to be on Bob “Hollywood”
Heyden’s e-mail “cc” list understands
why he’s getting that award.
Did the Palone Ranger inadvertently leak the secret identity
of Commissioner Scotty Tickets?
Include David Carr, Janet Forry, Barbara Brooks, &
Phil Sporn on the Goshen corner list.
Some 35 million people watched. This year’s ROSE