RICH GET RICHESS
Can’t help but notice the wealth of riches at The
Meadowlands given the impressive performances by several
sons of Richess Hanover (Western Hanover-Rich N Elegant).
Kind of bodes well for the upcoming produce of first full
brother RED RIVER HANOVER and celebrated three quarter brother
Rocknroll Hanover. Red River Hanover’s first foals
will sell later this year and collectively they are an impressive
The more foals we see by Revenue the more obvious it seems
that we could be on the verge of something rather special.
Despite being from a cross section of mares, the initial
Revenues are uniformly bright, cheerful, leggy, good headed,
racy and for the most part look like him. If they train
and race like they look, a significant revitalization ingredient
to the trotting gene pool could well be at hand.
A TRAINERS TALE
Way back when—when things good and optimism abounded
at racetracks all over recall a conversation with a high
profile though departed trainer concerning a marquee horse
slated to start at a ridiculously easy class level.
Talk focused on this upcoming return and how “the
horse’ would be in qualifier mode and would not leave
the rail under any circumstances to which someone mentioned
“that’s not exactly good for the fans who incidentally
were in abundance at most racetracks at that time.
Our boy rather gruffly stated “What do I care about
them (fans) for, they’re just suckers anyway”
and left it at that.
Hate to say it but those “suckers” are as gone
as our late conditioner happens to be.
What this? No lights at Chester Downs relegating the facility
to an “afternoon delight” ala Freehold--which
geographically isn’t all that far away and undoubtedly
will be impacted sharing dates with a neighboring daytime
facility. Oh well at least it will minimize traffic conflicts
between race customers and the evening slot crowd. .
BUY BACK LISTINGS
Notice that Harness Racing New Zealand is publishing the
buy backs and providing two separate lists of stallion averages-one
including the buy backs and one without. Obviously the one
without has more credence as far as real prices are concerned.
When you think about it, why should inaccurate numbers
get listed as part of a stallion averages or the dam’s
official history considering the distorted message it provides?
Time we in this hemisphere followed suit
Hard not to notice the impressive numbers registered by
the sons of daughters of Christian Cullen at the New Zealand
sales. The son of In The Pocket easily outdistanced all
other stallions down there including some well known imports
positively impacting what became a record shattering yearling
Just noticed that the top trotter in Denmark these days
is none other that TAHASH MAHAL (Muscle’s Yankee-Tahitian
Tasha). The same Tahash Mahal that we sold at Tattersalls
in 2002 for all of $9,000 to Bruce Nickells. Got a Dream
Vacation colt upcoming this year named TASHABLANCA who might
get some attention now that the Muscles brother has come
into his own.
HANDICAPPERS AND BETTORS
The USTA has allocated necessary web site space to contributions
from a variety of relevant opinions which provide good reading
and food for thought.
One major differential between a public handicapper and
a gambler is that the public is obligated to provide selections
for each race-even those he knows are unplayable. The gambler
meanwhile has the luxury of passing what he perceives as
PLAUDITS TO BRIGGS
Many kudos to Dave Briggs of the Canadian Sportsman for
his comprehensive and sobering report on the happenings
in Las Vegas last month. Should be required reading for
ALL in racing.