AN OFFSHORE DREAM
For the second year in a row, Offshore Dreams won the coveted
Prix d’Amerique significant in that he like our own
REVENUE is a son of former International winner Rev d’Udon
from 100% prime American maternal family.
Revenue traces right back to Scotch Love, dam of the great
Speedy Scot, while Offshore Dream’s 3rd dam is Seascape
Lobell a full sister to Speedy Somolli.
In short, both Revenue and Offshore Dream are by the same
French international champion stallion and both are from
superior American maternal families.
The Revenue’s are training rather well according
to numerous reports.
Our own Messenger and $900,000 plus winner Palone Ranger
congratulates The real PALONE RANGER –namesake Dave
Palone on winning his 12,000th race with the Perretti bred
raised and sold Maltese Artist in the opening leg of the
Isle Of Capri series at Pompano.
Palone Ranger’s dam Mercy Mercy Mercy will consign
a Rocknroll Hanover filly DONTKNOCKTHEOCK to the Fall sales
later this year.
OF PURSE CUTS
Don’t know how many have thought of it this way but
any potential purse cut at the Meadowlands has much deeper
implications than just being a “New Jersey”
After all, the track adds considerable monies to the lucrative
finals in its major stake programs that could well be impacted
by slashes in purses considering those funds do come from
the purse account.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
When questioned about the inconsistency of the cuisine the
master chef explained how the clientele was unappreciative
of his gourmet talents therefore the menu was toned down
and tailored to what the traffic demanded-that being simple
but well prepared items of generous portions.
Considering the establishment was always jam packed, it
seemed a logical business model.
But he added, every so often the truly discerning palate
calls for a table. This inspires me to concoct the proverbial
meal for a king but unfortunately these inspiration opportunities
are so few and far between. It’s not that I can’t
operate a five star restaurant, there’s just no calling
That said, one constantly hears how the racetrack has fallen
so far from its previously lofty pedestal and no wonder
why attendance is so sparse as evidenced by the dwindling
Or have they dropped from this pedestal BECAUSE the level
of customer attendance has so dwindled as to render the
previous standard of excellence as unnecessary for an indifferent
audience that no longer requires special treatment.
THE WAY WE WERE
Courtesy of the Horseman And Fair World, I received a blown
up archive of results from Yonkers Raceway on November 7th,
There were 35,000 people on hand that night and collectively
they bet over $2.5 million- all on track as there was no
simulcasting or OTBs back then. While there were the obligatory
neighborhood bookmakers or turf accountants if you will-
their “handle” remains in the realm of unannounced,
unreported and unremembered.
Through the good offices of The Blood Horse’s news
editor and prominent harness writer Tom LaMarra, I learned
that day Aqueduct hosted some 49,000 attendees who collectively
wagered a little over $5 million.
Those handle figures given today’s inflation would
be equivalent to 10 or 15 times that number which makes
it even more astonishing. Basically it meant that within
the confines of Metropolitan New York, 85,000 people were
on trackside to witness what was just a normal Saturday
of racing on the fateful seventh day of November in 1964.
Tom also mentioned that some 80 miles southwest in Cherry
Hill, New Jersey, 34,000+ fans wagered about $3 million
at Garden State Park on that same day..
My best recollection is that temperature was in the 30’s
at Yonkers that night, thus, we’ll tack on a few degrees
for the afternoon events.
Interestingly enough, the Yonkers card featured a pair
of Invitational events in which some major 3-year-olds went
against their elders. In the first invite, the soon to be
crowned sophomore divisional champ Race Time- as the 4-5
favorite- defeated a field that included noted FFA &
JFFA types Cold Front, Adios Ronnie, Irvin Paul. Vicki’s
Jet and Irish Napoleon. Another top five 3-year-old Vicar
Hanover finished third in that event.
In the other invite, 4-year-old mare Harry’s Laura
prevailed over star 3-year-olds Ripping Good and Lyss Hanover
in a field that also included Chapel Chief, Sly Yankee,
Rex Pick and Queen’s Mohigan neither of whom was a
stranger to those elite FFA-JFFA levels.