10/08/2007 11:00PM

Danaher slows down, but his horses don't

EmailJim Danaher, the breeder, owner, and trainer of a multitude of horses with the word "humble" in their names, may have retired from racing in April, but he was well represented on the track this past weekend.

Horses bred by Danaher were in the Louisiana Downs entries all week, and on Saturday the colts Humble Cat and Humble Matt finished a respective second and fourth in the $45,000 Razorback Futurity at Louisiana Downs.

Humble Janet, another runner bred by Danaher, also raced last weekend, finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Danaher said he decided to give up his stable at the close of the Oaklawn Park meet this past spring. He had long shipped to run at tracks in the region from his training center in Pine Bluff, Ark.

"I knew I was going to have to quit," he said. "I'd gotten to where I couldn't even saddle a horse. My rotator cuffs are all bad. My muscles in my arms have all been pulled out. I thought this would be a good time. And gosh, I'm 85 years old. It's time to retire."

Danaher, who has had a farming operation since 1952, kept just a few horses.

"I turned the operation over to a man who had been with me for 11 years, Brett Creighton," Danaher said. "Brett has plenty of experience. He's doing real well. He's training for other people. And we have a couple of horses that I've kind of kept. He's training those."

Danaher kept a pair of yearlings. One is named Humble Destin, and he is out of Deputy Clerk, the dam of three stakes winners, including Humble Clerk, a multiple Grade 3 winner of $503,545. Danaher won the Grade 3 Golden Rod in 1999 with the homebred Humble Clerk, and later sold her to Gary Tanaka. Humble Destin is by Storm and a Half, a perennial leading sire in Arkansas.

"Deputy Clerk died giving birth to this colt," Danaher said. "It was really a letdown, of course."

Deputy Clerk also produced stakes winners Humble Thirteen and Humble Retha, who is the dam of Humble Janet. Humble Janet is perhaps the most prominent Danaher-bred in training right now, having finished fourth in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park on July 21. Danaher long considered her a top prospect, and the last week of Oaklawn put her in a $30,000 claiming race because he wanted to disperse of his stock quickly. There were multiple claims in for in that race. Humble Janet, who won that day, went to Millennium Farms and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Humble Janet is named for a California woman who has a foal-alert system that Danaher had utilized with his broodmares. She is by the stallion Humble Eleven, who Danaher stood but whose stud career is now being managed by Louisiana Downs-based horseman Stanley Roberts.

Campinout going for fourth straight

Campinout and his owner, Jan Haynes of Dallas, have a lot in common. Both have been big winners this meet. Haynes has dominated the owner standings, and on Thursday, the venerable Campinout will be seeking his fourth straight win when he starts in the featured eighth race. Campinout enters the $20,000 optional claimer off a head win over $16,000 claimers on Sept. 20. Gilbert Concha has the mount for trainer Jorge Lara.

As for Haynes, she has won 34 races at the meet, 23 more than the second-leading owner, Charles Hukill. Haynes has stable earnings of $448,950, which also tops all owners at Louisiana Downs. The success has helped lift Haynes to 19th on the list of leading owners by wins in North America in 2007.