Not much to add about the tragic passing of Windsong’s
Legacy that hasn’t been posted on the major websites
already though at least he’ll have three full crops
and the remnants of what he was able to breed this year,
which should positively reflect the stallion he was meant
Undoubtedly, if the old adage concerning the prematurely
departed holds true, his passing will probably be more lamented
as time goes on.
Interestingly enough saw the one Windsong colt in a set
of three, down at Southern Oaks and while he may have been
the least impressive at the start of the mile, you couldn’t
help but notice the colt suddenly get into gear while three
wide on the final bend and roar past the other two in the
stretch much like Windsong did with Cantab and Tom Ridge
so many times.
If the Windsongs Legacy offspring inherit his desire and
homestretch aptitude, they’ll be just fine.
Once again the New Jersey racing program will be “Casino
Powered” as the understanding regarding the subsidy
is intact which will sustain and enhance the purses for
the next few years.
While it may keep the machines out of the Meadowlands during
this time period, there is now growing groundswell support
amongst State legislators for the ultimate installment of
the VLTs at the racetracks that would enable New Jersey
to match or surpass the neighboring states of New York and
This means your New Jersey bred will be eligible to not
only the New Jersey Sires Stakes with it’s increased
finals but other State classics like the New Jersey Classic,
Miss New Jersey, Charles Smith, Lou Babics etc.
Moreover, there’s that preference for NJOS (New Jersey
owned or sired) written into many overnight events and the
added monies for the mega stakes derived from the purse
accounts will remain intact.
MORE THAN TECHNOLOGY NEEDED
Noticed the following quote emanating from those HTA sessions
that “people have lost interest in our game and that
racing must use technology to bring passion back to racing”
Sounds good on the surface but as NBC and the WWE so evidently
illustrated with the now defunct XFL, all the technology
in the world couldn’t overcome a sub par football
Perhaps a think tank type examination of the racing product
as it has evolved, in association with erudite recommendations
for it’s modernization and consumer acceptance should
precede mere technological advancements to the incumbent
Is Rudy Rednose faster than a speeding reindeer? So far
it seems that way as the 3-year-old son of Red River Hanover-Armbro
Althea has reeled off a trio of impressive victories at
The Meadowlands and might just be the first of many 2008
success stories credited to his sire Red River Hanover.
Last year the full brother to established sires Rustler
Hanover and Richess Hanover accounted for not one but two
1:51.3 2-year-old fillies in Miss Scarlett (Odds On JP)
and Red In The Face (Pretty Daring) the latter attracting
all of a bid of $8,000 at the 06 Harrisburg auction.
One might note that Rudy Rednose clocked an individual
final quarter of :26.1 coming from 8th at the half in his
latest 1:52.3 tally on a winter’s evening.
AUTHENTIC SALES REPORTS
Thought I noticed the down under magazines have added an
extra column to their auction reports incorporating those
actually sold with the number consigned and of course the
prices and averages.
While it may take a little more deductive diligence to
actually obtain this information, the end result is a more
accurate reflection of what actually transpired at the sale.
Too often lumped in buy back numbers inaccurately impact
stallion averages, which makes it too easy to formulate
Hopefully no one will judge the ultimate potential of Meadowlands
located slots or VLT’s by what’s happening at
Yonkers for even though both plants are part of the great
Tri-state megalopolis region, they’re distinctly different
as far as geographical proximity.
Yonkers is located on Central Avenue, North in between
The Bronx and upper crust Westchester county two twains
that are not exactly on the same page.
Moreover, it’s a significant schlep from Manhattan
and the other boros especially during rush hour-which on
the Major Deegan happens like 24-7. In addition, once the
machines are installed at Aqueduct, it will eliminate any
thought of going up there from Long Island of which Brooklyn
and Queens actually inhabit..
The Meadowlands meanwhile is a stone’s throw from
Mid Manhattan smack dab in the most populated areas of Northern,
New Jersey and adjacent to the always sold out Giants stadium.
Once completed, the under construction train station will
eliminate the need for those hated bridges and tunnels.
Consequently it would seem that sooner or later someone
with vision and clout is liable to conclude that somewhere
within the confines or the Sports Authority lies more than
just a pipedream location for a full fledged Hotel-Casino.