As inexplicable as it may seem given the current economic
climate, it’s actually a good time to own a standard
bred racehorse. Especially if you’re within shouting
distance of those slots fueled racinos where overnight purses
are actually at all time highs.
Look at any program-especially the Monday program from
Dover Downs and digest just how much money some of the regulars
actually earn per annum in the “first” State.
Understand, these are not necessarily free-for-allers but
fast class overnight types like our alumni Art Director
(Artiscape-Silky Satin) still going strong at age seven
and exceeding the $100,000 level for this season. Art Director
has earned over $725,000 lifetime much of which occurred
in overnights within the state of Delaware.
Check the overnights at Pocono. The Open goes for $22,500,
a non winners of $11,500 last five for $18,000 and Commissioner
Scotty Tickets has his $20,000 claimer Eternal Revenue in
a series exclusively for horses at that level with purses
of $16,000 per leg leading to a $40,000 final.
The purses at The Meadowlands have stabilized and remain
strong.. Chester will be offering excellent money and nice
horses can earn big at Yonkers.
Seems like a message worth inundating the general population
with as loud and as often as possible.
As an addendum to Evan Pattak’s column concerning
“trailers”, in the April hoof beats, was not
exactly in favor of them to them back in my professional
Can still remember Town Drunk a notoriously poor leaver
getting parked the mile from post two at Roosevelt as his
normal tuck behind the fast leaving post one was negated
by the trailing nine horse who now occupied the pocket spot.
Having a trailer often mandated a desirable inside post
draw (especially post two) as precarious impacting the normal
flow of the field into the first turn. That alone made position
handicapping more difficult as one could no longer project
just who might be where approaching the quarter pole, essential
to successful half mile track handicapping.
Found copies of the old Trotter Magazine dating back from
1964. While nostalgic in at setting perhaps, it’s
impossible not to marvel at the authoritative manner in
which harness racing was presented from both the participants
and spectators perspectives. Moreover, it remains unfathomable
that stellar journalists from that era like Wally Rottkamp,
Warrren Pack, Bruce Gordon, Woody Lawlis, Gordon Forbes
and so many others are not included in the communicator’s
hall of fame.
BONEHEAD DRIVE MARS CANE
Can still remember the cub reporter in the Yonkers Press
Box chastised for using that headline when filing his story
by a venerable sage indignantly admonishing ”How can
you say that? This guy is a hall of famer”.
Yeah but this hall of famer bulled off the rail approaching
the half when visually boxed in and almost caused a major
accident in the process.
But that’s the way it was. Anyone that even remotely
veered from the party line was immediately ostracized to
the grandstand unless of course it was an all-powerful columnist
from a major daily- the kind that used to cover harness
racing on a regular basis.
Oh yes, the back page of the bulldog edition of a just
delivered major tabloid featured the following headline
in at least 72 point type “BONEHEAD PLAY COST VICTORY”
referring to some future hall of famer’s errant throw
to the wrong base that allowed the winning run to score.
Good thing nobody stopped Woodward and Bernstein!
Every so often you notice a colt that falls into the category
of unfulfilled destiny that who for a variety of physical
ailments never reaches the elusive potential though for
that brief shining moment reveals what might well have been.
Artriverderci (Western Ideal-Roman Art) was such a colt.
Harold Howe’s Harness Edge Magazine did an exemplary
job in documenting just what plagued this colt throughout
his brief career.
Our sympathies extend to his owners and trainer Rene Laarman.
Artriverderci’s Rocknroll Hanover brother ROCKIN
ROMO will sell at Harrisburg in November.
Was there a differential in handle and attendance at Dover
Downs on Classic series night?
There are those that wonder if a good card can actually
still draw the people.
How come some of these “official” websites
post inaccurate data more than just infrequently regardless
of whether it’s point of origin may be a hastily written
Sorry but a race for cheap claimers does not qualify as
an open race given the significance of the open terminology.
Fascinating that Running Acres could use the ABC system
in almost invisible fashion as unless one checked the overnight
sheet, they’d never know it.