CANDLE IN THE WIND
Triple Crown champion Windsong’s Legacy may be gone
but like the proverbial candle in the wind, his legacy endures.
Already he’s accounted for some impressive first
croppers like Ray Schnittker’s Tad The Stud the 9th
foal from the well bred but thus far moderately productive
Chocolate Layered. Tad The Stud opened managed a rather
eyecatching season’s record 1:59.4 in a Meadowlands
baby race and may be much faster than that by now.
Other impressive first crop “Legacy’s”
include Rapsong (Rap Girl), Stunning Delight (Armbro Stunning),
Meyer Winsky (Myolin)
There are two full crops by Windsong’s Legacy remaining
available at the yearling sales this fall and in 2009.
Saw what might be a noticeable Red River Hanover colt named
Redneck Riviera (Cape Matteras) winning the Hanover at Balmoral
in 1:54…. Notice too that the Revenue colts and fillies
are “showing up” tempering skepticism about
not having early speed…
On Wednesday September 1, 1976, Yonkers Raceway offered
it’s customary Wednesday night program consisting
of assorted B3 trots, $18,000 claimers and some C2 pacing
Precisely the same menu offered at the Hilltop for countless
Wednesdays prior to this particular Wednesday.
That same evening the track across the Hudson made its
long awaited and long heralded debut with a power packed
program featuring a FFA pace for Rambling Willie and friends
and a strong undercard comprising many of the top standardbreds
active at that time.
Basically, the Tri-state metropolitan harness fan had a
choice and we all know where he chose to be.
Fast forward to Sunday June 15th, 2008, Harrahs Chester
presented the Franklin Memorial for Artistic Fella, Mr Big,
Mr Feelgood and company in addition to it’s now traditional
strong Sunday afternoon undercard featuring many of the
better standardbreds active on the Eastern seaboard.
That same day The Meadowlands countered with a Fathers
Day presentation comprised of cheap claimers and pedestrian
conditionals in which several trainers actually were forced
into driving their own stock as the bulk of the driving
colony were occupied across the river- The Delaware river.
Basically the remnants of what used to be a huge reservoir
of harness fans once again had a choice.
Have no idea who this proposed commissioner person should
actually be but do suspect he or she had better come equipped
with the wisdom of Solomon in order to navigate the ever
widening conflicting interest gaps between those putting
on the show and those needed to finance and participate
in what has eroded to a spectator less sport.
This commissioner must thoroughly comprehend that racing
cannot be marketed like other sports. Unlike the other sports,
the actual athletes, the equine athletes are for sale and
must be purchased by a diminishing segment of the population
known as owners.
Commensurately comes the second part of this complex equation.
Why would anyone seek to own a racehorse unless they were
fans of horse racing?
Sounds like a huge and possibly thankless task indeed!
Looked in the Friday Post for the Thursday Meadowlands results
and couldn’t find them.
The sad part is that they probably weren’t deluged
with a torrent of calls complaining about this inadvertent
or apathetically advertent omission.
A MEDIA LESSON
Those vocally clamoring for media coverage might take note
of what can happen when it occurs as what we consider important
suddenly becomes open to interpretation to those who may
not see things as we do.
The following graced the sports pages of perhaps the most
widely circulated metropolitan daily under a bold 10point
column subhead entitled LAUGHABLE
“Why does harness racing allow things to happen that
are embarrassing? And they never change.
The writer goes on to document how one of the Rooney eliminations
was reduced to four horses due to the late scratch of Atochia-tardy
to the paddock for his lasix administration.
Consequently no horse would be eliminated from this Rooney
ACHILLES CONQUERS BALMORAL
Named him Achilles Heel as bone cysts on both knees rendered
him unacceptable for the yearling sales and a marginal racing
prospect at best.
In addition his conformation was far from being the greatest
but then his mother Anklet Hanover is not exactly perfect
and what a warrior she was.
Above the knees he was impressive with the size and stature
of many of the good Muscles Yankees but given the medical
prognosis, he was one that the lookers would just shake
their heads at.
Still in the field he could trot some and actually didn’t
put them down all that bad but holding up to the rigors
of training seemed precarious.
Gary Baker actually tried him a little as a late 2-year-old
but stopped before it got serious.
Greg Peck tried him a little bit at three and other than
once telling us Wellington wanted no part of him on the
straight track indicated those knees would not hold up when
the going got tough.
We sold him as is in the Blooded Horse Sale.
He didn’t bring much.
About a year the phone rings and there’s this gentleman
inquiring about this great looking Muscles Yankee horse
he noticed pulling an Amish wagon in Illinois. We put him
in touch with Greg Peck and they talked trainer to trainer.
Some months thereafter, noticed the name Achilles Heel
in to qualify at Balmoral and he actually won his qualifier
Noticed the other day that Achilles Heel won a race in