MORE VIDEOS COMING
Courtesy of our good friend Dom Rebelo and his video magic
you’ll soon be able to see highlight races of McArdle
and Red River Hanover on our website. Got a hunch that ultimately
this particular crop of colts comprising McArdle, Red River,
Art Major, Mach Three, Royal Mattjesty Three Olives and
the ill fated Western Shooter will be considered among the
more competitive on record.
A REALLY GOOD VIBRATION
Call the Beach Boys!. Better yet call Kathleen LaMontagne!
Good Vibrations the Presidential Ball sister to Figure The
Odds and Unspoken (who just won her 3-year-old debut in
1:52.4) just dropped a really nice Artiscape colt, a three
quarter brother in blood to that fast pair. Kathleen you’ll
want to see this guy…
Jack Parker’s impressive Dream Vacation colt WILDWOOD
DAYS (Flash Of Dignity) has been in about 2:10 so we hear
and looks terrific doing it. He’s not the only Dream
Vacation attracting attention at the training camps these
days. This colt is a half brother to Robin Schadt’s
Enjoy Lavec 4-y-o Joyardee who’s now reached the open
level out at Balmoral.
On the topic of alumni-starting to notice that Mattscape
Seelster (Artiscape-Mattjestic) has at least a tad of ability
having won a few races at Woodbine, the latest in 1:52 He
was in-utero when we sold the daughter of Matt’s Scooter-Nadia
Lobell at Harrisburg in 2001.
George Berkner trainer of the good Jate Lobell stakes filly
Sugar Glider mentioned that Savannah Sky (Artiscape-Armbro
Savannah) winner of her qualifier in 1:55 on Friday could
be “another of those Artiscape fillies that’s
how good she looked”. Being a half sister to Georgia
Pacific certainly gives her a license you would think. Chris
Ryder trains this Perretti bred 3-year-old.
NO END TO THIS RAINBOW
Really nice to see all that dialogue concerning Rainbow
Blue’s positioning on the list of great mares. Suffice
to say at this point she is indeed among them. Also good
to see mention of Countess Adios who did win two of three
Triple Crown legs in 1960 beating colts like Bullet Hanover,
Muncy Hanover, Dancer Hanover etc in the process. Don’t
recall if she ever got above the Junior Free For All level
in her aged form.
Back then there was a distinct difference between Free
For All and Junior Free For All with promotion only occurring
on the basis of merit not the hodge podge of terminology
prevalent today. Therefore when Dotties Pick and Belle Acton
were beating real free-for-allers it definitely set them
apart from the other mares.
In addition older mares were classified to their abilities
and a class A1 mare would be primarily facing male rivals
as they seldom ran races exclusively for older distaffers
. There were many outstanding mares like Quick Lady, Evalina
Byrd, Reba Byrd, Harrys Laura, Glad Rags to name a few who
could compete at the AA and sometimes JFA levels but were
not real free-for-allers.
In later years, Miss Conna Adios and Sunnie Tar were excellent
mares. Miss Conna Adios was a terror on the Liberty Bell-Brandywine
circuit and did beat some rather prominent male rivals.
Silk Stockings, Tarport Hap, Handle With Care and Meadow
Blue Chip all had their moments in the 70’s. Silk
was certainly in a league with Countess Adios as a 3-year-old.
Silk’s main rival Tarport Hap emerged as a perhaps
a standard for all aged mares to be measured against beating
male free-for-allers on multiple occasions.
Which leads to such modern day amazons as Fan Hanover Miss
Easy, Shady Daisy, Eternal Camnation Bunny Lake and now
Rainbow Blue. Be interesting to watch it play out for the
Artiscape–Vesta Blue Chip daughter this year.
It wasn’t mentioned but Countess Adios was an Adios
sister to the horse that virtually changed the pacing breed.
Meadow Skipper! Which puts the dam Countess Vivian amongst
the all time great broodmares.
Oh and Hodge Podge (Hodgen-Lady Scotland) was about a class
A2 pacing sister to Breath O Spring that one most revered
for champion sons Race Time and Storm Damage. Another sterling
Lady Scotland offspring was Harold J whose daughter Oxford
Mary Ann gave us the still all time fastest harness horse
Hodge Podge herself had but two foals. Fortunately one
of them was Prelude Lobell dam of Pammy Lobell, Peter Lobell
and numerous others of considerable stature.
There was discussion of outstanding broodmares in a recent
print article. In there noticed the name Way Wave, a champion
racemare though hardly distinguished as a broodmare except
in the second generation. Way Wave, obviously a problem
producer had but four foals the first two in 1964 and 1965
and the latter pair in 1975 and 1978. The first two by the
Tar Heel stallion Painter were the unraced but extremely
productive Reflection and Seascape. Reflection threw Striking
Image and Mirror Image to Strike Out and True Duane while
Seascape spent some time with Shadow Wave accounting for
Shadow Star and Real Hilarious. The latter of course is
the dam of Makin Smiles, who appears in contemporary pedigrees
via son Die Laughing and other producing daughters.
Have to agree with Murray Brown that Romola Hanover and
Evensong might top just about any list. Romola Hanover provided
no less than three generational champions in Romeo Hanover,
Romulous Hanover and Romalie Hanover all by Dancer Hanover.
Romola Hanover’s legacy is still very evident today
through granddaughter Rodine Hanover dam of Real Artist
and contemporary broodmare stars World Order and Perfect
Profile, they dams of Worldly Beauty and Art Major respectively.
Evensong produced the significant sires Victory Song, Gay
Song, Peter Song, Mighty Song and Down Under based Flying
Song. Also broodmares Scotch Song dam of Hambletonian champion
Lusty Song, and Love Song dam of the noted Hoot Song although
her greatest achievement might have been her exceptional
though ill fated Hambletonian winning son Volo Song.
The name Margaret Spangler deserves mention as she had
four Volomite sons who became stallions of some stature
they being Kings Counsel, Chief Counsel, Blackstone and
Don’t recall seeing Rich N Elegant mentioned either,
Rich N Elegant is arguably the most prominent amongst all
active contemporary pacing broodmares credited with such
notables as Royal Flush Hanover, Rustler Hanover, hot Illinois
sire Richess Hanover, North American Cup winner Red River
Hanover and the world’s fastest 2-year-old Rock N
Did see the name Somolli who is certainly deserving of
inclusion at that level. Interesting thing about Somolli
is that she produced 14 foals to the same stallion Speedy
Crown. Is that a record David Carr?
Don’t know about you but to this corner the major
area of contemporary concern is the erosion of the fan base
and with it a noticeable evaporation of the owners pool.
Most owners tend to be fans before actually gravitating
MUSCLEMAN near $2 MILLION
Not so sure we concur with this uninviting of Mr. Muscleman
by the Elitlopp officialdom. After all the horse was not
involved in the Noel Daley incident and surely some other
accommodations could have been made just as other arrangements
get done when leading jockeys and drivers with “days”
are forced to miss major events..
Mr. Muscleman is about $30,000 shy of the $2 Million mark
and at this point does appear to be the leading aged trotter
on our side of the pond.
Tain’t criticism and should not be construed as such
but it is an observation concerning multiple recalls and
frequent equipment repairs a post time. Perhaps the captive
trackside audience has little alternative but to sit and
endure but those in simulcast and RTN land do have other
options and undoubtedly will exercise them.
Hey Jeff Snyder. Nice Red River Hanover colt from Myrna’s
Jackpot. Paula’s Promise should drop her Red River
baby any day now.
Seen a couple of Real Desire’s from Artiscape mares
and they look rather interesting. It does set up a 3x4 line
breed right to Abercrombie via Life Sign and Artiscape which
almost always proves a good number. Won’t know how
it’ll work for a couple of years but judging from
other 3x4’s would expect it to be just fine.
More next week.