Mr. Muscleman has been invited to the Elitlopp this year
and hopefully he’ll have his game face on by that
point following a lengthy recovery from the injury sustained
at four. When on his game the Adam Victor owned Muscles
Yankee champion is very much of championship class caliber
and certainly entitled to inclusion in so storied an event.
THE REST OF THE STORY
Citing Paul Harvey, its always good to learn the rest of
the story before leaping to conclusion based on what are
sketchy first hand reports..
Following last years Kentucky Derby one might have concluded
that Barbaro was an all time great and a potential Triple
However, Bernardini did not contest the Derby though his
prowess became rather evident in the Preakness, Belmont,
Travers and thereafter.
Appropriately Bernardini went off as post time favorite
for the Breeders Cup with horse of the year clearly on the
line. Despite a substantial effort, Bernardini was upended
by 4-year-old. Invasor- he too in the process of an extended
Thereafter Bernardini retired with much fanfare though
his star may have been dimmed by his Breeders Cup setback..
Invasor meanwhile is still winning and was last seen demolishing
the world’s best in the World Cup at Dubai.
Retroactively Bernadini’s star has brightened somewhat
despite not leaving his stallion paddock given the enhanced
stature now accorded his conqueror Invasor.
Just as Overtrick beat Meadow Skipper both heats in the
1963 Little Brown Jug though Skipper probably spent six
of the eight quarters in his customary position on the outside.
Years later the rest of that story was obvious to all.
Jay Leimbach acknowledged thoroughbred and standardbred
pedigree scribe observed that a noticeable number of milestone
thoroughbreds like Man O war, Count Fleet, Native Dancer,
Nashua, Forego, Affirmed and many others actually occurred
directly one year after their respective dams had experienced
a barren season. Some were second foals others third, fourth,
fifth and even seventh but the common denominator was each
arrived following a barren season for the respective dam.
Don’t know if it’s just coincidental or how
it will correlate to standardbreds but one would think further
research might be in order.
Ralph Succee’s comprehensive look in TROT at the feeding
frenzy that was the Castleleton dispersal at Tattersalls
was a superb piece of reporting regardless of whether the
memories stirred may be a tad painful to some especially
in the wallet department
There again, the rest of the story tells the real story
as what may have been momentary euphoria has undoubtedly
tempered with the passage of time.
When slots fueled emporiums like Woodbine are forced to
cancel Sunday cards due to lack of entrants, one would think
there could be some ominous implications.
While the Meadowlands had to abandon Wednesday programs
due in some part to sudden and stiff purse competition from
the newly slots enhanced Yonkers, Woodbine faces no such
newly revitalized competitor.
Not sure we fathom the motivations of those nailed at one
of the newer and successful Racinos for the simple reason
it’s like biting the hands that feed. Suddenly opportunity
is abounding in what seemed a depressed area as horses are
now racing for purses supercharged by the slot subsidization.
INSTANT RACING TERMINALS
Read something on one of the sites how Ohio lawmakers something
called instant racing terminals in which players can bet
on past contested races, Even though names and other pertinent
information will be withheld from the public one has to
question the necessity to keep breeding live horses if you’re
going to encourage the public to bet on the recycled ones.
Breeders unite. This is not in our best interest.