McARDLE CHARMS HIS WAY TO THE WINNERS CIRCLE
McArdles Charm (McArdle-Eternal Sweetheart) became the
first of what should be many McArdle winners via a 1:59.2
win in a Pocono qualifier last week. He subsequently came
back to win by 16 open lengths in a sparkling 1:57f.
Shortly thereafter Southwind Triumph (Tsunami Hanover)
and ValMctorian were impressive baby race winners at The
Meadowlands. The former a brother to Southwind Tempo paced
home in:27.2 in an eye catching seven length victory.
McArdle’s Charm and ValMctorian were purchased from
the Perretti Farms consignments to The New Jersey Classic
and Harrisburg last fall for $44,000 and $18,000 respectively.
The colt’s dam Eternal Sweetheart is a No Nukes daughter
of Matternity (Matt’s Scooter-Jefs Eternity) while
ValMctorian is from Penn Grad a No Nukes sister to Cambest.
A MUSCULAR ATTEMPT
He didn’t win the Elitlopp but Mr. Muscleman certainly
showed the trotting world just what he’s made of getting
parked the entire mile in the first heat and taking the
last turn three wide. Then in the final he was used and
pressed repeatedly and just nipped at wire by the pocket
sitting L’Amiral Mauzin, a French sired 8-year-old
from a Workaholic mare who seems still another example of
the potent Franco-American cross ala our own sire Revenue.
For the record, the first Revenue colts and fillies will
hit the sales this fall and thus far they are uniformly
AN UNCOUPLED COUPLE
Lis Mara and Shark Gesture may have been stable mates but
in that the Mohawk and Classic series chose to uncouple
them for wagering purposes it was refreshing to see them
driven competitively in last week’s $85,000 classic
pace. It’s not often you see members of the same barn
engage in what John Bothe used to refer to as a little “hardball”
during his announcing day at The Meadowlands.
After all, it IS competitive horse racing first and foremost.
THE PIERCE SUSPENSION
Whereas we’ve seen many an infraction gone unpunished
or better yet unnoticed over the years, not all that sure
what Ron Pierce did that was so terrible across the pond
Perhaps it should be considered that Mr. Muscleman is a
long time veteran of the racing wars and well accustomed
to being handled in a certain fashion. One would think that
if it means some enthusiastic urging in the height of battle,
it would simply be part of his overall racing repertoire.
A RAPID RED GIRL
Rapid Red Girl (Red River Hanover-Fast Future) looked like
a filly with a big future winning her baby race at the Meadowlands
by a city block inn 1:57.2
Indications are, she’ll be the first of many RAPID
Red River Hanover productions.
Not so sure we can endorse the USTA’s top 10 3-year-old
trotting rankings in the June Hoofbeats as anything more
than mere editorial opinion seeing as how “10th rated
Self Possessed” probably would have beaten all of
them on a best day they ever saw basis.
Won’t dispute the Mack Lobell placement given the
all around brilliance he displayed but definitely feel that
Continental Victory would have prevailed over the other
Once again, the Classic finals have drawn less than full
fields in three of the four events. Undoubtedly there will
be those questioning the method of funding Classic funding
Great that Tioga and Vernon will add Video Streamlining
to their web presentations and curious why more tracks aren’t
taking advantage of video technology and the race replay
systems? Especially since so many races wind up going off
at what appears rather oddball hours these days.
What exactly is the daily viewer head count at RTN and
HPITV (formerly Canadian TRN)?
Was it a misprint or were comparable purses actually lowered
at a newly installed slots emporium?
Thought names denoting stallions and broodmares were immune
from being reused but there’s a DREAM MAKER currently
racing who is most definitely NOT by Race Time-Dreamy Yeardo
AND there’s a mare named ADORA at Cal Expo in tonight
who is most definitely NOT the dam of Adora’s Dream
and Bill Sheehan’s foundation mare K Nora. Curious!