ONE OBSERVANT BREEDER
A breeder stopped by the other day to look at Revenue having
like many only seen the horse from afar (actually a simulcast
screen) and was truly marveling at how clean legged he is
despite the rigors of six seasons of international racing.
He trotted in 1:51.3 as an 8-year-old having raced consecutive
seasons since age two.
The breeder left with not one but two Revenue breeding
contracts having remarked after a thorough inspection that
Revenue is indeed is an idea whose time has come.
After seeing the first couple of foals, including the gorgeous
filly from Sue Ann Hartzell’s mare we do concur.
After all, for years our thoroughbred cousins have reinvigorated
their own breed via reaching across the pond to import European
Revenue actually combines the best of both worlds. He’s
from a powerful sire line that is instantly traceable and
his dam goes right back to Scotch Love, the dam of Speedy
BIG NIGHT IN FLORIDA
Good to see some 4,500 people attended Pompano on Isle Of
Capri night. Something tells me old buddy Steve Wolf was
promoting his brains out to bring the faithful in.
What’s this? A 2-year old thoroughbred worked an 8th
in 9.4.That stretches out to a quarter in 19.2. That would
be a record wouldn’t it? No wonder he brought $16
What’s this? A driver on a spent horse handed his
whip to an opposing driver in the same race?? Isn’t
that like deliberately handing off to the linebacker instead
of your own running back?
What’s this? They’re recognizing that 4-year-olds
are at a distinct disadvantage versus the older horses especially
early in the season? Didn’t there used to be such
things as HTA SERIES, REALIZATIONS and GRADUATE SERIES exclusively
for the 4-year-old set? Actually the graduate wound up being
for 4 and 5-year-olds negating the original purpose. Perhaps
at the time too many 3-year-olds had prematurely retired
to marginal and often ill advised stud careers.
What’s this? They want to outlaw common interest
entries in California? Oh in other words some neophytes
should innocently burn money on Hedevar as he sacrifices
himself crucifying bullheaded Dr, Fager in order to benefit
stablemate Damascus and that’s ok? Yeah right!
Enjoyed the article by Ralph Succee in a recent Trot tracing
the birth numbers of million dollar winners. Confirms what
we’ve long suspected about early foals from both sire
Taking it one step further its noticeable how often when
dealing with extended numbers like Muscles Yankee for example-the
7th foal of his dam and from the 5th crop of his sire, it
turns out that he’s the product of the first opportunity
Maiden Yankee had with Valley Victory.
Then there’s Yankee Paco, the 9th foal of Yankee
Playgirl from the 14th crop of Balanced Image. But Paco’s
the result of the first mating between sire and dam.
Life Sign was the seventh foal of Three Diamonds from the
10th crop of Abercrombie but he too resulted from the initial
meeting between sire and dam.
I Am A Fool may have been I’m No Fool’s 10th
foal from Life Sign’s 6th crop but he was her FIRST
Armbro Operative was the 9th foal from Cunning Bunny from
the 9th crop of Cam Fella but he was her FIRST Cam!
And Jug winner Timesareachangin was the 11th foal from
Lodi Hanover and from the 6th crop of Cams Card Shark. As
you might have surmised by now, he was Lodi’s first
Old Mr. Dalrae was the 12th foal from Queens Crown and
from the 12th crop of Meadow Skipper and while he was not
her first Meadow Skipper, he was her first Meadow Skipper
colt. What is interesting is that the all time best from
Queens Crown may not have been a millionaire but Sir Dalrae
was indeed the product of her initial mating with Porterhouse..
Good job Ralph! Good reading.