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Father, mother and son run on same card
In a racing rarity last week at River Downs, a sire, dam, and their foal all competed on the same card.
Fifteen to Life and Get Me Even, both now 7 years old, were inadvertently pasture bred as 2-year-olds. The resulting foal was Eight and Change, now 4. Joseph Czyzewski trains all three for owner Dave Wilson.
With the help of River Downs racing secretary Gary Wilfert, who scheduled races all three could compete in on the same day, father, mother, and son earned a unique distinction in the history of River Downs.
Unfortunately for the connections, all three horses finished far behind in their races. The mare Get Me Even did the best, finishing sixth. Eight and Change finished last of 11 in his debut, while dad Fifteen to Life, who is now a gelding, was eased in the final furlong of his race.
* Final preps for the two premier events of the meet, the Cradle Stakes and Bassinet Stakes, for 2-year-olds and 2-year-old fillies, were contested last week. Longshot Arctic Sand wore down odds-on choice Cloudy Mist to win the $20,000 Cradle Prep by a length. An odds-on choice also went down to defeat in the $20,000 Bassinet Prep. First-time starter Keen Scent defeated Shesa Hot Ticket by a length, while favored Crack the Books finished fourth.
- Vance Hanson
The switch from a route to a sprint, a sloppy track, and the return of his favorite rider combined to help Rebellious Dreamer snap out of his season-long slump in last Saturday's $40,000 Frank Gall Memorial Handicap at Charles Town.
Rebellious Dreamer ($7), a 5-year-old horse who came into the seven-furlong stakes on a nine-race losing streak that extended to last December, rallied from far back to score a 2 1/2-length victory in the Gall, his sixth career stakes victory at Charles Town.
It was also Rebellious Dreamer's first win since he captured the Blue and Gray Stakes here last November. Both times Justin Kravets was his jockey.
Rebellious Dreamer, trained by John Casey, now has a record of 4-3-1 in nine starts over wet tracks and becomes a contender for the track's biggest race, the West Virginia Breeders' Classic on Oct. 13.
The early Classic favorite, however, remains 3-year-old Confucius Say, who scratched out of the Gall and ran second in the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park earlier Saturday.
* Sarah Gibson, 17, rode the first winner of her career in last Saturday's fourth race, guiding Colorless to a one-length victory in a $2,500 claiming race. Gibson, who will be a senior at Clarke County High School, began riding here last month.
- Joe DeVivo
COLUMBUS, Neb. - Apprentice rider Karen Jacobsen picked up her first career win Sunday afternoon at the Columbus Races when she guided Hopewell Hall to a four-length win in the third race for trainer Dan Coughlin.
Jacobsen began riding in 1998 but was soon sidelined by injury. She began riding again at Prairie Meadows earlier this year before shifting her tack to the Nebraska circuit. She had just missed picking up her initial win Friday night when she rallied Ladyoftherockies from well back to come up just short to front-running Leadingwithmyheart in the featured seventh race.
* Leadingwithmyheart topped a good night for owner-breeder Tom Egan. A 4-year-old daughter of Defensive Play out of the stakes winning mare Rainbow Heart, Leadingwithmyheart registered her first victory of the year against nonwinners-of-three lifetime allowance company. A couple hours earlier, Straitfrommyheart, a 3-year-old full sister to Leadingwithmyheart, won her maiden by over five lengths at Prairie Meadows in her career debut. Rainbow Heart was a solid stakes performer at Aksarben in the early 1990's but may best be remembered for winning her maiden by over 20 lengths at the Omaha track.
* Jockey Dennis Collins was injured last Friday night when his mount, My Man Joe, flipped in the starting gate. Collins was thrown out the back of the gate but one of his legs got hung up in the tailgate. He was treated and released from the hospital that night but did not ride the remainder of the weekend.
* Jose Figueroa escaped serious injury Sunday when his mount, Run Marjorie Run, was pinched back between rivals and clipped heels, unseating him.
* Dan Beck, injured in the starting gate two weeks ago, rode part of the card on Friday before taking off his mounts. X-rays revealed two cracked ribs and he will be out of action this weekend.
- Bill Hodtwalker
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - The Illinois Racing Board last Thursday approved an extension of Fairmount's meet through Nov. 24. The action is the last step in what has been a year-long fight for the track to remain a full-time Thoroughbred facility. In addition, Fairmount has been able to raise purses up to
60 percent, giving horsemen more incentive to race their horses locally. Last month, a maiden special weight race carried a base purse of $4,000. Now it is worth $7,000. The bottom-level for $3,000 claimers has been raised from a $3,000 purse to $4,200.
Fairmount struggled throughout the 1990's with the proliferation of riverboat casinos in the area and at the end of 1999 decided to drop harness racing because the meet was no longer profitable.
Illinois state law, however, provided for all simulcasting revenue after 6:30 p.m. to go to harness racing purses and Fairmount needed that money for Thoroughbred purses. In late May the state legislature passed House Bill 1069, which provided for Fairmount to keep 80 percent of that revenue, and Gov. George Ryan signed the bill into law on Aug. 2. The night simulcasting revenue will bolster the purse fund sufficiently to allow for the meet to be extended.
Fairmount's meet will continue on the current three-day-week schedule, giving the track a total of 30 more racing days.
- Rod Peck
MUSKEGON, Mich. - Kentucky invader Born to Dance will face five Michigan-bred 2-year-old fillies in the $45,000 Temptress Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on Friday evening at Great Lakes Downs.
Born to Dance is owned by Rosendo Parra and trained by James Jackson, who for years was a leading trainer at Detroit Race Course. Jackson moved his operation to Kentucky after DRC closed and now makes occasional forays here with his Michigan-bred runners. Born to Dance won her maiden race handily here July 16.
Midway Girl, owned by West Hawk Stables, was second to Born to Dance on July 16, beaten by 4 1/2 lengths, but came back last week to win her maiden for trainer David Kesler, who has also entered a pair for the Leonardi Racing Stable.
* A pair of Great Lakes Downs track records fell this week, two years to the day after they were set. Tuesday, True Wisper took a tick off four-time Michigan champion Karate Miss's six-furlong record when he sped the distance in 1:13.37. Mary Doser was aboard the 5-year-old True Wisper, who is owned by Gene and Phyllis Gilmore and trained by Larry Uelmen, when he beat a field of $10,000 Michigan-bred runners.
Monday, Touch of Power needed a track record to beat That Gift, a three-time state champion, in an allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs. Touch of Power rallied five wide and gained a half-length victory in 1:19.57. Winning Request's time of 1:19.62 had stood for two years. Leading rider Terry Houghton was aboard Touch of Power, who is trained by Gerald Bennett, the leader at the meet.
* Doser won three races Sunday evening, winning aboard Lord Zack ($20.60) in the opener, then taking the late daily double with Lettet Rumble ($3.60) and Weezy ($10.40).
- C. A. Shoemaker
A silent auction to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be held on Labor Day at Philadelphia Park.
Among the items donated for the auction are an autographed set of racing silks signed by a group of more than 30 jockeys, including Jerry Bailey, Mike Smith, and Jorge Chavez; a football signed by members of the Philadelphia Eagles; and a framed photograph of the 1978 Belmont, featuring Affirmed and Alydar, donated and autographed by Steve Cauthen.
The auction items will be on display to the public adjacent to the paddock beginning at 10 a.m. Written bids will be accepted until 3:30 p.m.
Last year's auction raised over $4,700. The proceeds were used to purchase seven racehorses at a local horse sale who were slated to be sold for slaughter.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, based in Shrewsbury, N.J., was founded as a non-profit organization in 1982 to provide a humane retirement home for Thoroughbred racehorses when their racing careers are finished. The TFF operates farms in eight states.
- Joe DeVivo
ALTOONA, Iowa - Veterinarian Todd Roseberry continues to practice on the backstretch of Prairie Meadows after receiving a stay regarding the board of stewards ruling that revokes his Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission license.
Following an Aug. 4 hearing, the stewards found Roseberry in violation of several rules, including hiring unlicensed help; failure to submit daily reports; omitting information and turning in inaccurate information on his official reports of veterinary treatments to the state veterinarian's office; and administering prohibited race-day medication.
Neither Roseberry nor his attorney, local horse owner Maggi Moss, was present at the hearing. The new hearing is scheduled for Aug. 24. Rather than reading evidence from the first hearing into the record, all evidence will be reintroduced, according to the stewards. Roseberry will also have a chance to present evidence during the hearing. The stewards will then enter an amended ruling, according to the IRGC letter sent to Roseberry.
Roseberry was working here on a probationary license granted to him by the stewards on April 20. The probationary license cited "a history of various and serious rule violations at different racetracks from 1989 through 1994," as well as Roseberry's failure to disclose a 1993 suspension in Nebraska on his 2001 IRGC license application.
- Dave Basler
NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Two trainers who grew up and learned their trade on the Thistledown backstretch may be friendly rivals at this year's Breeders' Cup. Alan Sobol and Jim Chapman both learned the business from their fathers.
Sobol's father, Harold, operated one of the first Ohio Thoroughbred breeding farms, Burtonian Farms, and as a youngster Alan worked with the horses on the farm and at the racetrack before taking out his license. He has developed a long list of stakes winners. This year he has the speedy filly Big Bambu, whom he would like to run in the Sprint. Sobol has 28 head here.
Chapman's dad, James R. was a very successful local trainer for many years and is best remembered here for claiming the 1967 Ohio Derby winner Out the Window for $6,250 at Tropical Park. His son Jim, who was known as Little Jim, also worked with his dad and became a successful race rider. Jim Chapman is pointing Caller One to the Sprint.
Another trainer who started out here, Richie Estvanko, had his finest day as a trainer last Saturday when he won the $500,000 West Virginia Derby with Western Pride.
Western Pride is owned by Theresa McArthur, who along with Carolyn Chapman, Jim Chapman's mother, owns Caller One. Estvanko currently trains a strong group of 25 here, most of which are owned by McArthur.
* Ramon Luna, a 24-year-old native of Mexico City, won his first career race here last Saturday when he guided Lost Memories to victory in the fifth race. It was Luna's fourth mount
- Chuck Scaravilli
Turfway Park has released the stakes schedule for its upcoming fall meet, which again will be highlighted by the six-race Kentucky Cup series on Sept. 22.
The Kentucky Cup Classic, which has had its purse lowered from $500,000 to $400,000 this year, is the richest of the Kentucky Cup races. Include and Guided Tour are among the top handicap horses being pointed to the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Classic.
The rest of the Kentucky Cup series consists of the Turfway Park Breeders' Cup, the Sprint, the Juvenile, the Juvenile Fillies, and Starter Stakes.
Last year, Kentucky Cup races were won by Point Given, Captain Steve, Spain, Caller One, and Miss Pickums, all of whom went on to win graded races elsewhere.
In all, nine stakes are set for the 22-day meet, which runs Sept. 5 through Oct. 4. Keeneland begins a 17-day meet on Oct. 5.
The $700,000 Kentucky Cup turf series at Kentucky Downs will be run Sept. 23.
- Marty McGee