CLASSIC NIGHT FOR ARTISCAPE
It was Artiscape night at Dover Downs last Monday as Maltese
Artist and Rainbow Blue set world records in their respective
Classic series divisions winning in 1:48.3f and 1:49.4f
Maltese Artist (Artiscape-Hula Dancer) younger full brother
to stake and open winner Artesian p,4 1:49.1 led throughout
staving off the late bid of pocket sitting Life Source after
parking Georgia Pacific the middle half.
Rainbow Blue (Artiscape-Vesta Blue Chip) the 2004 horse
of the year had to come first up against the formidable
pacesetting Glowing Report powering past in the stretch
for a one length victory. Another ARTISCAPE filly ARTBITRATION
(Serious Smile) was a close up third.
Maltese Artist iss a rather interesting story. He had a
swollen hock at sales time due to OCD removal. This turned
off some buyers even though he had always exercised and
videoed sound. He was also somewhat uninspiring during early
training although Linda Toscano always said he “had
ability”. And now he’s got a world record.
Got lotsa good Artiscapes destined for Harrisburg come
November, Among them are NARACULESE (Naraculous) a full
brother to Articultator p,4,1:49.2. Also ARTSTREOS (Special
Addition) from a “Panderosa” sister to rising
sire Astreos p,3,1:49,3.. Better look at him Mr. Christoforou!
Other headliners might bet the first foals ARTGENTINA from
the $147,000 winner La Orillia Rumba. ARTRISTOCRACY from
the 1:53.3 Expensive Ashley and ARTCHDUKE from a mare Stew
Firlotte always liked named Mattcentuate p,2,1:55.4
Among the more intriguing Artiscape fillies will be ARTHROSCOPIC
(Doc’s Girl) the full sister to Artiology p,3,1:51.3
and half sister to The Real Ideal p,2,1:53.4. Also AVANT
ART from Diamonique Mindale p,4,1:55f she a sister to Richie
Gillock’s good Wolfdancer Mindale p,1,1:50.2 ($405,749)
and perhaps NARTICAL MILE the first foal of $200,000 plus
winner Kings Narcissus p,3,1:52.3
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
According to the associated press, a bettor has filed suit
against the connections of Sweet Catomine alleging that
the track (Santa Anita) the owner and trainer committed
fraud by failing to disclose the filly’s health problems
prior to the race.
Have often wondered if indeed a judge would rule that a
track via its acceptance of a pari mutual wage has in fact
assumed a fiduciary responsibility to the sanctity of that
transaction by warranting the horse in question is fit to
perform and/or intent on performing to the best of its ability
as dictated by its connections.
Better believe we’ll be monitoring this situation
for the ramifications become very interesting in the event
the suit is upheld.
Sweet Catomine last year’s champion 2-year-old thoroughbred
filly was the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby against
male rivals. After running poorly it was revealed that the
connections considered scratching her but were reluctant
to do so following the swell of publicity surrounding her
anticipated encounter with the boys.
It was also revealed that Sweet Catomine had been surreptitiously
removed from the premises identified as a stable pony in
order to receive medical treatment one week prior to the
Sounds like the bettors do indeed have a legitimate gripe
and it’ll be interesting to watch this thing play
Sweet Catomine has been retired either for veterinary reasons
or completely sound depending upon which report one reads
and booked to A P Indy.
Can still remember when one particularly irate bettor took
a similar matter into his own hands one night at a New York
Seems there were some rather noticeable vocal criticisms
at the replay monitor distinctly directed at a leading driver
who opted not to “pull” an odds on favorite
despite having ample opportunity to do so. As a result the
horse finished boxed in under a stranglehold. This did not
go over well with the betting public. At some point the
driver’s lone “defender” identifying himself
as the owner rather pompously suggested the drive was by
design since WE didn’t want to win again and risk
This caused one chap confront to confront the owner demanding
he personally refund his now worthless $50 win ticket since
no where on the program did it state “the horse was
The owner arrogantly brushed him off and started to walk
away but the bettor was insistent. Voices escalated. Shoving
ensued and with a right hand Rocky might have envied, the
bettor flattened the owner, shoved the ticket halfway down
his throat and stormed away. By the time security arrived,
nobody saw or knew NUTTIN.
HERE COME THE COLTS
The Berrys Creek eliminations are set for next Saturday.
This’ll flush out some glamour boys. Undoubtedly Jeff
Cohen’s impressive Four Starz Sisco (The Panderosa-Lizbet
Kash) is being pointed to that one.
Like the grit showed by Ideal News (Western Ideal-Whats
New) winning The Blossom in 1:52. She had to come a long
way just to reach contention in midstretch.
Dean Hoffman provided preliminary statistics on the performance
levels of foals produced via embryo transport. At first
glance the results seemed rather routine. The outstanding
fillies Invitro and Forever Starlet were embryo transports
as were other successful performers. There were also a number
of unsuccessful performers but many were from old or problem
mares and might have been “misses” even if carried
naturally to term. Obviously there will be even further
studies and with additional input trends may prove more
Really do endorse the sentiments expressed by Chris Roberts
in the April TROT rebutting the thoroughbred trainer who
referred to bettors as idiots. Chris indicates how horse
racing is indeed a spectactor sport and how the performers
must adhere to certain standards just as all athletes and
entertainers must within their individual spheres. Those
failing to measure up do tend to get “cancelled”.
ALWAYS WATCH THE BOARD
Back in our other life in the grandstand handicapper we
were always conditioned to monitor the toteboard as it so
often mirrored what was likely to occur. Did notice Ken
Rucker’s Western Ideal colt Mantrix went off favorite
against the previously unbeaten John Adams and won nicely..
True Force (Falcon Seelster-Kravis Center) further justified
“commissioner” Scotty Tickets’ convictions
via an impressive 1:50.4 tally over prospects Odds On Duane
and Jo Pa’s Shark. True Force unfortunately is not
a Berrys Creek eligible.
Venerable Angel Be Good (Abercrombie-I’m No Angel)
will be dropping a Red River Hanover baby any day now. Angel
really perked up when switched to the Western Hanover line
with stakes performers Odds On Charmaine and Brandons Cowboy
by Western Hanover and The Panderosa respectively. She also
has IN GOOD HANDS a rather grand looking Aces N Sevens colt
headed for Harrisburg this fall.
Hey Stew Firlotte, Dodge Kitty one of your personal projects
just dropped a very nice Artiscape colt and it won’t
surprise either one of us if that youngster turns out good.
Lots more next week.