06/06/2012 5:05PM

Belmont Park: Valente re-claims, retires Callmetony


Roddy Valente has owned dozens of horses over the years, but one that grew close to his heart was the hard-knocking claimer Callmetony.

On Tuesday, Valente claimed Callemetony for the fourth – and final time – and subsequently retired him. The 11-year-old gelding by Runaway Groom will retire to Akindale Farm, a rehabilitation, rescue, and retirement facility, in Pawling, N.Y.

Callmetony made his 85th start Tuesday, finishing second in a $5,000 claiming race at Parx Racing. Valente and his Parx-based trainer, Ronald Dandy, claimed the horse and won a two-way shake to get him.

Callmetony retires with a record of 21-22-17 from 85 starts and earnings of $666,446. He went 17 for 46 for Valente.

“Sometimes, I get a little too attached and it makes it hard,” Valente said. “He’s one of those horses that comes along every 10 years; him Coyote Lakes, Bustin Stones, those were special horses. This horse is just a cool horse.”

Valente first claimed Callmetony for $32,000 in July 2005. Callmetony won 13 of 37 starts for Valente and trainer Bruce Levine before they lost him at the claim box in April 2009.

Over the next two years, Valente claimed Callmetony on two more occasions before losing him for $7,500 to Joe Imperio on Dec. 31.

Callmetony went 0 for 7 on the New York circuit before Imperio dropped him for $5,000 on Tuesday at Parx.

In landing at Akindale, Callmetony joins in retirement some well-known stalwarts such as Evening Attire, Hotstufanthensome, and Greeley’s Legacy. Tacticianor, a half-brother to Evening Attire also is at Akindale.

Jon West More than 1 year ago
1 of my favorite horse is Roddy red with a horse called fantasy free I know it's a sore subject but I still to this day love that horse he didn't always have the best legs but what a heart what a hard knock in horse
Jon West More than 1 year ago
It's a very sore subject I know but my favorite horse t:):):hat Roddy ran was Fantasy free, I still love that horse.. he didn't always have the best legs but what are determined heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such wonderful news Thanks so much DRF for running this story Claiming owners and trainers have gotten so much bad press lately So nice to read something positive And of course many thanks to Mr Valente for caring and doing this Just wish it happened more
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I wish more owners feel the same way for those old horses out there still running at such an old age. Thanks Mr Valente from an old retire trainer himself.
Russell Nakagawa More than 1 year ago
Kudos to you Mr. Valente for your selfless act, it's nice to know that there are people like you who are looking out for the equine athlete's that make this sport great.
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
Well Done Roddy!
Jack Frazier More than 1 year ago
Everyone should take note of this. Mr. Valente's fantastic deed deserves great recognition. He shows the class and kindness that one should afford an animal that has given so much. There are not many men like him nor many horses like Callmetony. Great story and something to aspire to.
Roddy Valente More than 1 year ago
Thank you Jack Roddy
Stephanie Cowser More than 1 year ago
Roddy is a class act. You & Teresa Genaro also deserve a lot of credit! We can't wait for Callmetony to arrive at the farm!
Roddy Valente More than 1 year ago
Steph I will need directions !!!!!!! RV
Stephanie Cowser More than 1 year ago
I'll get those right over to you!
Terry Finley More than 1 year ago
One of the best guys in the business, Roddy Valente.
Roddy Valente More than 1 year ago
Next to you Terry thanks Roddy
mrbelmont More than 1 year ago
Wow, Right on Roddy
steven schoenfeld More than 1 year ago
class act
Shannon Bohannon More than 1 year ago
Who was the other person in for Tony?
Roddy Valente More than 1 year ago
no clue