We know. Mattican City and Bob Magic theoretically could
wind up racing at the same the track on the same night possibly
even in the same and it wouldn’t be the first time
such a thing had ever happened.
You see, Mattican City and Bob Magic are father and son!
And get this Mattican City a brother to Mattcando and Brandons
Cowboy is now nine years old and is indeed a GELDING.
Of course he wasn’t when he sired the now 3-year-old
Bob Magic, one of contenders in The Apache’s Fame
series at Woodbine. Mattican City is now currently racing
at Buffalo but he’s raced for many years as well.
The dam involved Billary Clinton is a sister to the famed
Central Park West.
Seems we remember one night at Roosevelt when Rendezvous
Truder and Rendezvous Mark wound up on the same card on
the night and they too we’re father and son. At the
time, “Truder” was seven while son Mark was
four suggesting Mark had resulted from some inadvertent
pasture situation when pop was still a colt.
Don’t remember if Rendezvous Truder won the A3 pace
that night but Rendezvous Mark won a class C event paying
something like Thor Hanover’s $144 Messenger mutual.
Jerry Silverman (not the trainer) but an old friend of mine,
Commissioner Scotty Tickets and Myron Bell cashed in on
the “oddity” although he really bet the horse
because his brother’s name was Mark.
Coincidently. Mattican City (Matt’s Scooter-Angel
Be Good) and Billary Clinton (Presidential Ball-Park Ave
Bell) were sold as part of the 1996 Perretti Farms consignment
to Harrisburg. Bringing $45,000 and $15,500 respectively.
THEIR SON, Bob Magic is a 3-year-old whatever happened between
them fortunately did not happen here!
Almost never see the trotting bred pacer anymore. Which,
can apparently be attributed to gait purification in that
we’ve simply put the double gaited tendencies far
enough back that the contribution is almost negligible now.
Time was stallions like Darn Flashy, Victory Song and Worthy
Boy to name a few virtually made a living with both trotters
and pacers even though all were bred to trot.
Darn Flashy a Darnley son like Darn Safe, Lord Gordon etc
did account for some classy trotters like Darn Dandy but
was he ever known for pacers like Public Affair, Mr. C Song
and the feared Roosevelt stretch terror Pinehaven Flash.
Worthy Boy may have sired the greatest Hambletonian sire
of all in Star’s Pride but a look at his top 10 money
winning list discloses pacers Gold Worthy, Harold J, Libbys
Boy. High Level and Stand By. Of those, Harold J remains
in the record book via daughter Oxford.Mary Ann, the dam
of the all time fastest pacer Cambest.
Even Victory Song whose line has seen resurgence via the
Noble Victory extensions of Garland Lobell and Balanced
Image had a pair of pacers in his top10 list in Times Square
and Smart Money. Times Square had an excuse being out of
a Bert Abbe mare but Smart Money was out of a daughter of
Oh well Worthy Boy had a daughter named Breath O Spring
a full sister no less to the above mentioned from Harold
J with both being from Lady Scotland. Breath O Spring had
two pacers who kept the Castleton coffers overflowing a
good many years, they being Race Time by Good Time and Storm
Damage by Bret Hanover.
Those series events at the new Tioga Downs and revitalized
Vernon Downs look interesting especially those Kindergarten
affairs for 2-year-olds which will include six preliminary
legs and individual $85,000 finals for the specific sexes
Could be a good situation to prep one the lucrative fall
classics later on!