Like saying goodbye to old friends.
My Stable Mail account, the one that e-mails entries and results, reached the top of the can again; 200 horses clogged the system as I tried to file number 201. Periodically, this happens. Time to clean house.
Like most who try to make a living peddling horses, writing about horses or betting horses, when I see a horse I like, I put them on my Stable Mail. Whether it’s a jumper prospect or a horse to bet, the names get logged. Every once in a while, you have to reexamine. Clean out the old, keep the viable and make room for the new.
Aiken To Be. Saw him at Arlington Park. He’s been off the scene for years. Not sure, why he’s still on the account. Richard Duchossois and Chris Block, there’s a chance he’s an event for horse for Phillip Dutton, Mr. D. will do that with some. One thing’s for sure, he doesn’t need to be taking up space here.
Avenging. Scratched the other day from a mile and a half on the grass. Keep him on the list and tab him for later.
Baltimore Bob. Love him as a jumper, big, strong-looking Malibu Moon. Wonder if they’re ready to sell . . . they told me to make an offer.
Beachcomber. Sold him as a jumper prospect last fall. His trainer texts me every time he runs.
Biggerbadderbetter. They say he’s a jumper for Ken McPeek.
Cherokee Speed. A rock star for Jimmy Toner. Cashed a bet on him the other day. Still waiting for his next career.
Current Case. Begged Phil Oliver for two years to send him my way. Still haven’t given up hope, maybe a foxhunter.
Dancing Forever. Added to my Stable Mail on August 29, 2007, when he was struggling to get through his two-other-than. So much has happened since, Shug put on the blinkers and started blowing him out before his races. Hurt his suspensory in his last start. I’ve got a stall with his name on it as a foxhunter in Piedmont Hunt Country.
Devil Cielo. This one breaks my heart. I owned him for two starts in California, lost him for $25,000 and he’s now pounding away at the fairs for $4,000. I let him down.
Dictina’s Boy. Watched him for a month at Keeneland last spring and finally galloped him a mile and a half to make up my mind. Bought him on the spot, he won his jump debut, second in stakes for Tom Voss. Fall campaign beckons.
Dubliner. If you’re by Dynaformer, you go on the Stable Mail. Lost track of him when he went to Philadelphia Park. Worried about him.
El Indy. Should have bought this son of A.P. Indy from Mike Stidham, hesitated and then watched him go up the ladder and now slip back down the ladder.
Extra Check. Bought this stakes-placed gelding from Stidham, campaigned him for a year, sold him as a jumper and now he’s a staff horse for Orange County Hunt. Still working, but in fresh air and green grass.
Fantizi. A disaster, bought a fifth of daughter of Tiznow while trying to sell ads at the Timonium 2-year-old sale last year. Hard to tell if she couldn’t run or refused to run, either way, we gave her away as a show horse.
Fifty Five. Towering son of Dynaformer. Watched him for two years and finally sold him to Jack Fisher this summer.
Hope For Us All. See above.
Kentucky Warrior. I once described him as training like he was playing, “Whack A Mole” on the boardwalk. Still banging it out at Delaware Park, but worth too much on the flat and too little in any other discipline.
Love Mert. Followed him for a friend, because he was supposed to have been given away as a riding horse. Came back and ran cheaply in Pennsylvania before being rescued again. I hope.
Northern Scene. His name hasn’t surfaced for a while, but he was the last son of Northern Baby still active on my Stable Mail. Certainly the oldest tenured of my fantasy stable, programmed in on March 21, 2004 when he was running for a $20,000 maiden claiming tag at Oaklawn Park. Won stakes since and one that got away.
On The Throttle. Half-brother to two-time champion Good Night Shirt. Been on the list since 2005 but inactive for far too long.
Pickapocket. Still want him. Got some convincing to do. Martin Cherry, my number is on the inside front cover.
Rathor. Beautiful mover of Frankel’s, I’m afraid he’s lost to the claiming game. Would have won a blue ribbon at the Hampton Classic.
Rescigno. One of the last horses in P.G. Johnson’s shedrow, sold him and he’s still going strong on the turf in the Mid-Atlantic.
Rubicon. Ken Ramsey beat me to this Dynaformer gelding who broke his maiden over jumps at the Open House.
Sette E Mezzo. Fat chance of getting him, he’s a Saratoga allowance winner heading to the stakes division.
Sharp Susan. No jumper. Saw her breeze on the turf in the summer of 2006. Made money on her as a maiden, allowance and stakes filly. Hope she’s a mother by now.
So Serene. Watched this filly win a training flat race at Fair Hill and thought we were the smart money when she ran for real money at Penn National. Still licking our wounds.
Tend. Beautiful, beautiful specimen. Should run here at the meet.
Terpsichorean. Put on the list when he was with Barclay Tagg, has since switched to Sheppard. That’s what I wanted to do.
Wild Sunday. Always wanted a son of Sunday Silence. Working for minimum wage at Ellis Park.
Zigawatt. Full-brother to The Cliff’s Edge. Wanted him when there was fuel in the tank. Seems like a long time ago.