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Thank you MURRAY BROWN for a great headline idea as given
the limited number of outside bookings actually available
to Rocknroll Hanover, there will be those in need of a viable
alternative which Red River Hanover may well prove to be.
Certainly the preliminary reports on his initial training
crop have been glowing to say the least. Already many quality
trainers have expressed optimism on their Red River Hanover
2-year-olds even at this early stage.
After all, Red River Hanover is a Western Hanover full
brother to successful sires Rustler and Richess Hanover
and a three quarter brother to Rocknroll Hanover. Thus far
the Western Hanover sons like The Panderosa, Western Ideal,
Badlands Hanover, Richess, Rustler etc have proven successful
stallions in proportion to their abilities. This certainly
sets the stage for Red River.
Might be a tad prejudiced but do feel this year’s
edition of the SBOANJ Standardbred and Stallion register
might be the best ever both in editorial content and artistic
Especially enjoyed Leon Zimmerman enlightening piece about
the feasibility of VLT’s locating at New Jersey Tracks
and enthusiastically endorse and support the idea.
Leon also cites that one of the major casino companies
is now entrenched in Philadelphia and how this will offset
whatever revenue drains racetrack slots may have on their
Atlantic City properties.
However, the state of New Jersey will have no such recourse
to recover any drainage to Pennsylvania unless VLT’s
are installed at Garden State racetracks, especially The
Meadowlands in the densely populated northeastern counties.
Hey Commissioner Cohen, Robert Castaldo could be a serious
candidate for that role.
His letter to the editor in this week’s Horseman magazine
was compelling and ominous. The man makes some salient points
indeed. Should be mandatory reading for all in harness racing.
Give special kudos to Kathy Parker for publishing it.
In that we’re actually engaged in the manufacture
and presentation of equine athletes that perform in front
live and/or video audience, it seems logical to cater to
the interests of that audience significantly more than we
HOPE DEAN’S RIGHT
If Dean Hoffman is even remotely on target in his projections
that purses for 2007 will exceed the all time record set
last year, lets not keep it a secret. Indeed, that’s
a relevant message that must hit the media rafters wherever
and whenever possible.
Congratulations to the deserving Continental Victory and
Cam’s Card Shark on their Hall Of Fame nominations.
It’s incredible when you think about it but Continental
Victory and Moni Maker perhaps the best trotting filly and
older trotting mare to come along in many a decade were
foaled in the same year.
Another superb Hoof Beats edition (January) and a perhaps
all too ominous quote from Jeff Gural who in answer to George
Rood’s question in SPOTLIGHT cautions that States
will not continue to subsidize a sport with no spectators
and that sooner or later some politician will question the
wisdom of giving taxpayer money for something nobody cares
Unfortunately that is food for thought.