So it’s Sunday- approaching midnight and inadvertent
recliner zonking seems somewhat appropriate if not long
overdue. No races. No Sopranos No nothing until the serene
sound of silence and slumber is suddenly shattered by the
incessant invasive and intrusive blaring of a cell phone
as the motor mouth on the other end is frantically inquiring
how to get this object which we eventually identify as a
canister of semen which he calls sperm to the farm and whether
someone will actually be there to sign for it.
Of course don’t all horse farms have office staff
on 24 hour call?
To further exasperate a rapidly compounding scenario the
courier must first change a flat tire but at least he’s
in the vicinity of exit 7A and will require directions only
from there- directions to where? Oh the farm of course!
Fortunately all turnpike exits are common exits thus there’s
no need to actually ascertain which side of the pike he
might be on which is probably more information than needed
to be processed at that chronological point.
Duh you do realize it’s near midnight on Sunday?
Oh gotcha. You mean like that stuff that used to MUST get
through now MIGHT get through weather permitting and what
absolutely positively must get there overnight does eventually
arrive if not inadvertently rerouted or detoured elsewhere.
So what was expected Saturday AM arrives well after midnight
on Sunday. Of course since the inseminating team cannot
synchronize or think of convening until at least the crack
of dawn Monday or the first lights of Starbucks whichever
comes first the designated mare will have long ovulated.
Oh well another transport semen saga! And they wonder why
we have to charge for this service!
Starting to look like FEELIN FRISKIE (Artiscape-Nadias Sister)
is indeed the real thing and while the dam Nadia’s
Sister is no longer with us, her sister millionaire Nadia
Lobell will consign a sparkling first crop McArdle colt
named OLD McARDLE to Harrisburg in November.
BEG TO DOONBEG?
Hearty congratulations to our partners Scott and Clay Horner
and the Hall of Fame guy from Torlando Farms on Doonbeg
who certainly gets a fighting chance in Saturday’s
North American Cup.
On TV the colt looks like he’s about 14 hands which
is not surprising considering his dam ST MATTRICK’s
WAY (Matt’s Scooter-Sable Hanover) was about that
Still got some prospects from that proud line including
GET OUT OF DODGE an Artiscape first foal from DODGE KITTY
she a Western Hanover daughter of Matt Woman, the full sister
to St Mattricks Way. That colt is slated for Harrisburg
There’s also LATIN DOLL a Western Ideal filly from
MATTMOISELLE (Matt’s Scooter-Lady Hathaway) the full
sister to Royal Mattjesty His Mattjesty and Lady Mattingly
the dam of Little Miss K, Lady. Lady Hathaway is the Hall
of Fame daughter of Sable Hanover.
Liked the letter from Dean Towers of Toronto on the Harness
Edge site questioning if indeed the Woodbine people covet
his betting handle. He’s not the first serious player
to ask that question and surgically cites some compelling
reasons why the handle has deteriorated.
If the day ever comes that purses get funded from sources
other than the mutual handle we can be indifferent to the
plight of the player. Till then we’d better acknowledge.
Thought it was another superb editorial by Dave Briggs in
the June 8th Sportsman documenting the thoughts of David
Wilmot. A must read for all in harness racing.
What a beginning for Artiscape. There’s season leader
ARTCOTIC (Artiscape-Pumped) a $5,000 purchase by the astute
George Teague pacing in 1:56.1 at The Meadowlands. Impressive
filly and we’ll have plenty more Artiscape prospects
at Harrisburg and The Jersey Classic