TIME FOR ET TO STAY HOME
Last week just kind of alluded to the ET scenario relating
to the New Jersey Sires Stakes. This week we’ll address
it. In that USTA officially registered ET foals are indeed
eligible to race in The Hambletonian and other major stakes,
it seems archaic and discriminatory to exclude them from
The New Jersey Racing Program.
Moreover, it is costly in terms of lost business
One of the more reputable harness families declined to
breed an aging though extremely productive broodmare to
a leading New Jersey stallion simply because the resultant
foal would be not have Sires Stakes eligibility. This is
a top producer who just can no longer term carry though
she can be inseminated and the resultant embryo is transplantable
to a surrogate. The mare is of the caliber so welcome in
any stallions book that for a stud to lose her is indeed
Then there’s the living hall of famer who so reluctantly
passed on an otherwise acceptable New Jersey sired embryo
transplant yearling at Harrisburg primarily because the
lack New Jersey eligibility would have precluded his driving
the colt in NJSS events- which so often serve as Hambletonian
This yearling was an impeccably bred half brother to one
of the better fillies of the last few years but the guy
passed for lack of Sire Stakes eligibility.
Needless to say this was costly to the consignor as it
removed a major player from the bidding and it could be
costly to be program should the colt become a major star
forced to Hambo prep outside his state of birth..
Address this please!
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
It was Maltese Artist (Artiscape-Hula Dancer) in the Four
Leaf Clover final after all. Time 1:49.3.. Artiscape is
having another top year and with Rainbow Blue set to debut
in short order there should be no shortage of headlines
for Delinquent Account’s best son… Yeah we know
the Play it Again “line came from Casablanca not Maltese
Congratulations Jack McNiven for the Hall Of Fame nomination
So well deserved…Right Albert!
Speaking of the Hall of Fame- happened on a bunch of old
TROTTER MAGAZINES from 1964 and it remains a mystery why
editor-publisher Wally Rottkamp is NOT in the writer’s
hall of fame… Don’t believe Woody Lawless Bruce
Gordon, or Warren Pack are either and they right well should
be being such significant journalistic contributors at the
Can still remember the poignant believed to be Woody Lawlis
tribute to Adios Butler under the non de plume of “a
friend “in which the byline was declined so as not
to infringe on the majestic accomplishments of the then
Seen them all since Jamin and to these eyes Revenue is
far more reminiscent of Roquepine than Une De Mai due to
his sheer speed and maneuverability. Roquepine could leave
and control a pace instead of just grinding as so many French
breds were noted for. Didja notice the 27.1 final quarter
Revenue tossed in at Lexington after rating the third panel
Incidentally Une De Mai is a daughter of Kerjacques, grandsire
of Revenue’s own sire Reve D Udon
Actually Revenue is only half French as his maternal side
traces right back to Scotch Love whose son Speedy Scot kind
of influenced the trotting breed via his SON Speedy Crown…
Among the races I’d love to see again would be the
American Pacing Classic from Hollywood Park staged on 10/31
of 1964… Also that dual heat Poplar Hill Pace from
The Red Mile in 1963 especially where Skipper outgamed Overtrick
after being headed at the tunnel.
Got a gorgeous Muscles filly from Ruby Crown which makes
her a half sister to Scarlet Knight and Mohammed Mali. She
looked like she could trot a quarter 20 minutes after standing
The name Scarlet Knight was kind of a natural with the
RUBY CROWN connection though it did come to mind that the
sporting teams of Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey
are known as The Scarlet Knights.
Jack Baggitt has a Dream Vacation filly named MOTHRA from
Giant Gypsy who can trot some so we hear… Not surprising
as there’s lotsa good reports about these Dream Vacations.
Mr. Muscleman is back and graced the Su Mac Lad this weekend.
Speaking of Su Mac, got to see the old warrior in action
thanks to Dom Rebelo’s video magic… And yes,
Sumie just about wired the field as he and Stanley so often
Shouldn’t we be promoting the heck out of the fact
that purses in some locales are rather excellent and that
owning a racehorse might be profitable as well as fun.
Frank Cotolo the excellent editor of Times Standard back
when it was still viable mentioned how Russell Rash used
to bring home so many good priced in winners in New York.,
Still would have loved to have had Rash catch drive Itchy
Byrd and let Freehold’s Larry Lefkowitz provide the
Commissioner Scotty Tickets back from Vegas will be holding
mandatory chair day sessions at Freehold each Saturday for
the balance of the meeting. Actually “The Commissioner”
is one of the few contemporary railbirds who would have
fit right in with the many Damon Runyan characters that
used to inhabit Roosevelt and Yonkers on a nightly basis
during the glory days.
Perhaps they should dub a section at Freehold as The Commissioner’s
THE WAY IT WAS
Here’s how it was back in Long Beach where I grew
up some 25 minutes from Roosevelt.
The immediate neighbors were horseplayers. My accountant
was a horseplayer and so was my lawyer, who eventually morphed
into the Judge Tepper forced to ship to Marv Bachrad where
he could weekend anonymously in the Brandywine grandstand..
My dentist, Dr Jerry Cohen specialized in filling teeth
while reading a Doc Robins program at the same time. Then
we’d hit Roosevelt in time for the double.
There was Gil the oral surgeon, Jerry and Howie at the
pharmacy. Bill and Tony at the tire place., Big Richie the
deli guy and sometimes bartender and the bakery guys who
brought bagels.. Whatever you did, horse talk was a major
part of it. . It was a way of life.
And at approximately 10:10 on summer nights the call of
the feature race would blare from an exterior speaker at
Whitey’s Fascination concession on the boardwalk and
they’d even hold the game noise so we could hear better...
Horses like Tar Boy, Mr. K Braden and Fireweep were household
words.. So too were Bye Bye Byrd, Widower Creed (Hi Howard)
and Speedy Pick. You saw Su Mac Lad and Mr. Budlong more
often than you saw uncles and cousins. You were never quite
sure at which gait Steamin Demon might race for he was equally
adept at both. So too was Great Pleasure.
You got well with Bell Hughie that is-especially at Yonkers.
Whenever Stanley started a 3-year-old in C1 or C2 it was
READY… First time. Every time.. And Stanley’s
green horses didn’t “nurse classes” as
so many like Winning Adios, Adios Ronnie, Meadowaire would
immediately embark upon prolonged winning streaks until
maybe leveling off at A1 or A2 class.
Toss brother Vernon’s Yankee Express into that category.
When Adios Ronnie finally met Irish Napoleon after each
had reeled off prolonged winning streaks there must have
been an additional 5,000 fans at the track. And it was a
Tuesday if memory serves.
Irish Napoleon won it. That I know.
You always had something to do. Six nights a week there
were 20,000 plus people at the track. There were the finish
line guys.. The upper stretch guys The second floor guys..
The clubhouse guys and the sharpies hanging round the owner
boxes. If you actually got up to the Cloud Casino you won
bragging rights. Every night there were guys from the neighborhood
so there was always a ride home no matter how you got there.
Even from Yonkers.
Afterwards it was Gam Wah or The Texas Ranger depending
upon collective mood and
Speaking of Stanley never totally appreciated what his
nightly schlep from New Egypt to Roosevelt must have been
like till I moved over to Jersey.
There was Tony Abbatiello and stable of ultra dependable
Gene Abbes. Like Skeeter Brooke, Actor Pick and of course
Rex Pick. Also Loosh with Pocomoonshine and Hodgen Special.
Those Tar Heels Sampson Hanover and Adios Harry pacers
were automatic in the mud. Mr. Chappie’s Ricks Colt
(Adios Harry-Poplar Vicki) could seemingly win at will in
any class up to JFA. You never respected a fast Lexington
time trialer until they actually proved they could beat
WHO WAS THAT FENCE SCRAPER?
If there was anyone scraping the outside fence on a five
wide sweep down the backstretch, chances were even money
or less it was Earle Avery and Meadow Skipper.
Who could forget the goosestepper trotter Grateful Vic
so automatic in B1-B2 classes except when he made a break-which
was just about every other start. Considering his win price
always exceeded double figures you had to use him just about
every start knowing if he didn’t break he’d
still get parked to the half and win anyway. .
There was Meadow Tarport (Jamie-Lady Ann Reed) who despite
the breeding was a pacer and a breaking pacer at that. However
when on gait, he could fly home-especially at Roosevelt.
Pinehaven Flash a Darn Flashy pacer was lethal in the stretch
till about A2. Another Darn Flashy pacer Public Affair thrived
for Skip Lewis in the AA-JFA classes for years.
Del Insko’s Jackavin was never the same after getting
swept and left for dead by Romulus Hanover in the 1968 Messenger.
It was a way of life that got in your blood and just never
left. Right Jeff Gural?
Just for you Stew Firlotte, His Mattjesty’s Breeders
Crown epic from Greenwood will get site posted within the
next couple of weeks. Can still hear Frank Salive’s
dramatic and poignant stretch call
And who could ever forget Earle Avery’s dynamic little
Muncy Hanover??? Or Dominick Macedonio’s Under The
Rug who couldn’t have been more than 13 hands .Or
George Berkner’s Argyle Laddie who may have been 18
hands and was an early Meadowlands favorite.
Yogi Bare from Daretobebare is such a clever NAME….
That’s it for now….
More next week