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					                                                                              ,I'IIE       TIMES_ JUNE 1997
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Trainer           TripleCrown
            Expects
      Baffert                Glory
                      By Daniel J. McCue
   .For the longcsttimc last winter it seemedto thorough-
brcd traincr Boh Baflert as if Silver Charm,the steel-gray
coh in his charge,might indeedbe as bad a race horscas
a numbcrof expcrtshad hcensaying.
    '"Therewas a point," Mr. Baffert recalledduring a tele-
phoneconference       call from Churchill Downs on Wednes-
day, "when the horse    just wouldn't work.
    "He wouldn't give me anythingbut headaches.'.
tlrove mc nuts all wintcr long...and it was the kind of
                                                    'Gee, you
situationwherc you find yourself thinking,
knoq I really hopc what all thcsc peopleare saying and
 writing is wrong."'
    How wrong thosepeople were could becomestagger-
 ingly clear this Junc 7, when thc horsewho once seemed
to haveno pep at all competes thc Belmont Siakes,the
                                     in
 lastjewe! in the Triple Crown and final leg of the $5 mil-
 lion Visa Triple Crown Challenge.
    Already one of thc three-year-old     Silver Charm'sprin-
cipal rivals, Captain Bodgit, has droppedout of the racc,
 leaving only Frcc House as the Charm's consiOerable
 ncmcsis.
    A victory in the one and one-halfmile Belmont will
 make the colt, owned by Robertand Beverly Lewis, only
 the l2th horsein hislory to win the Triple Crown and the
 first sinceAllirmerl in 1978.
    For thc timc bcing, however,Mr. Baffcrt, who hasbecn
 holed up with Silver Cha{m in Louisville, Kentucky since
 shortly aftcr thc Preakness,      maintainshe's trying not to
                                                                  TRAINER BOB BAFFERT (wlth silver hrir, to the lefl) celebrates the sweet laste of viclory with Silver Chorm's owneF,
 think aboutcapturingthe Triple Crown.                            Robert and Beverly Lewls, and a host of others.
    Insteadhe spokeof Silver Charm's daily routine as he
 irains for thc biggestracc of his life, the Kentucky Derby
                           just passed, just why his eniry
                                        and                       this horse,and I think he kncw whcn Gary got on his                                 ly. That's tough. lt puls { hcavyslrcsson a horsc,srt I
 and Preakness     Stakes
                                                                  back,he'd bettcr his business thatwasit."
                                                                                           do                    and                                  thought couldusclhc rcsl.
                                                                                                                                                                   hc
 in this ycar's Bclmont Stakcsmight be amongthe greatest
                                                                     The turning point for Silvcr Charm calnc thc vcry                                                                                         i
                                                                                                                                                          " T h e t h i n g a b o u tS i l v c r C h a r r r r s , h e ' s a t a s t a g c
racehorses     ofall time.
    '"Thehorsethis morning had a nice workout," Mr. Baf-          first timc he and Mr. Stevens              encouniered       eacho(heron                                                                                r
                                                                                                                                                      r i g h t n o w w h c r c h e ' s h a n d l i n g v c r y t h i n g e a l l yw e l l .
                                                                                                                                                                                                       c
                                                                  thc track, Mr. Baffert recalled."When Gary                         picked up        He's enjoying         what hc tltrcs,and lhilt's paying wondcr-
 fert said from a telephone        hook-up adjacentto Silver                                        'Listen, this is a lazy horse.He
                                                                  thc mount, I told hirn,                                                             ful dividcnds.
Charm'sbarn at Churchill Downs.
    (The barnitsclf bclongsto third gcneration                    d u c s n ' tw a n t t o w o r k . B u t I t h i n k h e ' l l r c s p o n di f         "l fecl very confidcntahoutthis horscright now. He's
                                                  traincr April
 Mayberry,a long time friend of Baffert's,who looks after         pushed.                                                                             confident.Hc's bright. Ilc's nraintaining wcight. Hc            his
 his horseswhile he's on the road.Ms. Mayberry'sgrand-               "Therc'sno doublin my mind thatGaryStevens one                       is          actuallylost a littlc weightaftcr thc Preakness, he's                     but
 father,J. P. Maybcrry,trainedJudgeHimeS,who won the              of the grcatest       riders who ever lived and,more important- eatingwcll and put it right back on - a sure sign that
.Kentucky    Derbyin 1903.)                                       ly, you know, there are just certain riders that you have                           hc's happy. addition, coatis shinyandhejust looks
                                                                                                                                                                        In              his
    "He went off kind of sloq but closed strong,and Joe           luck with, and in my case,Gary is one of them. This                                 trcmcnd0us.
Steiner.who was working him, said he just fccls him get-          horse   hasn't(anked him once."
                                                                                              on                                                          Mr. Baffcrt continucd.           cnlhuscd.        "Silver Charm is thc
 ting strongerand sironger,"Baffcrt said. "When I told               Now riding thc crcst of succcss.               Mr. Baffert's story is            kind of horscthat thrivcson work, and whcn he's rcally
him to pick it up, he just picked it up and Silver Charm          particularlysatisfyingto race fans who watchedas his                                cnjoying what hc's doing, as hc appcnrs bc now, he on-      to
appeared expluJedown the lane."
            to                                                    Cavonnicr barreledtoward a Kentucky Derby victory in                                ly gcts bctter.That, coupledwith his classand his heart,
    He added,"I couldn't be happierabouthow the horseis            1996,   only to haveit snatched            away by Grindstone the       in         will takc him thc rest of the way. Unlcssthcre's a supcr
progrcssing thc Belmontapproaches."
               as                                                                     of
                                                                  final scconds the race.                                                             horsein this race [the Bchnontl,I don't think anybody
    Asked about Silvcr Charm's arrival in New York, ex-              Amazingly,the salnething almost happened                         again this      can bcathim."
pectedto be next Tuesday,        Mr. Baffert said he didn't an-   year, as Captain Bodgit closcd on Silver Charm in a                                     Rcllcctingon thc imfx)rtance Silvcr Charm'srun ai
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of
 ticipate the horsc having to do much by way of adjusting         breathtaking        photo-finish.                                                   thc Triplc Crown, Mr. Baffert likcncd it to the success                         of
 to his new surroundings.       This despitehis having spent         "After what we went through with Cavonnierlast year,                             superstffsin othcr athleticarcnas.
 muchofthe Springin Kcntucky.                                     I really bcganto apprcciatc fact that it's going to take
                                                                                                         the                                              "Unforlunatcly,h0rsc racing isn't on lclcvision that
    '"The thing is, he won'l be in Ncw York for very long.        a grcathorseto do this [win the Triple Crownl. Cavonnier much, and in this s<lcicty, you'rc not on tclevision,                if
cenainly not long enoughto gct tao slirred up," the train-        was a      grxxl horsc,but just lackcrl lhc litllc bit cxtra this                   pc<lple     rcally don'l know what you'rc tloing," he said.
er explained. went up to Belmont last wcek to look
                  "l                                              horsehas."                                                                          " A t t h e s a m ct i m e , i t ' s l i k c i n a n y o t h c r s p o r t w h c n
around and ultimately decidcd that we're going to kecp               So would Mr. Baffcrt dcscribcSilver Charm as one of                              h c r c ' sa c h a m p i o n s h i pu n : p c o p l c ,e v e np e o p l ew h o
                                                                                                                                                                                          r
him in Mark Henning'sbarnthere,which is nice,relative-            the greai horses racinghistory?
                                                                                          of                                                          don't know anythingaboulthe particular                           sport,become
ly secludcd,    and close to the track, which meanshe won't          "He definitely is a grcat horscand I think he's already                          intcrestcd.
haveto walk very far beforereachingthe racing surfacc,"           proved that. lt all startcdback in carly February,when I                                "Now. peoplearc following Silvcr Charm the way thcy
    Though the distanceof the Belmont is legendaryfor             p u s h c dh i n r t o r a c e7 / 8 o f a m i l c i n t h c S a n V i c c n t c                                      or
                                                                                                                                                      follow Michacl Jor<lan Kcn Griffcy, Jr. and I think that
breaking the heart and spirit of Derby conienders,Mr.             Stakes, a time when he was only conditionedto handle
                                                                              at                                                                      has potcntiallong rangebcncfitsfor the sport bccause
Bafferr said hc expecs Silver Charm to handleihe chal-            3/4 of a mile.                                                                      while they're now looking at my horse,they may gct
lengewell.                                                           "Though he broke slow, he ultimately won lhe race in                             hrxrkcdin thc pruccssand start to follow othcr horsesas
    "He's the kind of horse that adaptsto everythingreal-         recordtime. That's when I realizcdthat he was one of                                wcll."
ly quick. and while you don't reaily kno* about-how           a   thesehorses        thatjust keepsgoing.                                                 Mr. Baffert brought thc colt hack to Churchill Downs
horse is going to go until race day, I have a lot of confi- .        "What really opencdmy eyes though was the Santa after thc Prcakncss                                         becausc likcs thc high quality con-
                                                                                                                                                                                               he
dencein him.                                                      Anita Dcrby," Mr. Baffert continued."We looked hopc-                                                                               it
                                                                                                                                                      ditions at th€ track and hccause aflirrds both the trainer
    "Actually, in tcrms of the biggest adjustment,I think         lesslybeat,and then he saw Free Houseand kicked into a                              and the horsea buffer frorn thc rcality of what they will
the main thing will be the sandyrace surfaceat Belmonl,           gear I never knew he had. What he showedme that day                                          be
                                                                                                                                                      s<xrn undertaking Elnxrnt.   in
but then again," Mr. Baffert added,"Pimlico [in Mary-             was that hc had the desire,the heart,that somethingextra                                "To tcll you the truth, tlcspitc our talking about it for
land, wherethc Preakness runl is also somewhat
                               is                       sandy,                                                                                                             of
                                                                  that great athleleshave,that desireto push themselves thrcc-quarters an hour now,it still hasn'lreallysunken
and he ranjusi fine there."                                       and get thejob done."                                                               in that I'm going to conrpclcfor thc Triple Crown in a
    While the silver-hairedMr. Baffert, a native of South-          That "kick" was evidcnt once againduring the last l/4                                        oI
                                                                                                                                                      matter days,"he said.
ern California, has been getting most of the ink in the           mile of the l23rd Kentucky Derby, the race Mr. Baffcrt                                                   he
                                                                                                                                                          Amazingly, saidhc considcrs Belmont, easi-       thc                 the
we€ks since the Dcrby, the trainer himself gives a great          contends      may well havebecnSilver Chm's best.                                   est of Silver Charm'sTriplc Crown raccsthis year.
deal of the credit for Silver Charm's successto jockey               "And he showedit to me again in the Preakness,"                            the       "The reasonis, I've had thrcc wceksto freshenhim up
Gary Stevcns.                                                     traincr said with pridc. "For awhile thcre hc lookcd likc a                         a n d g c t h i m r c a d y , "M r . I l a f f c r t c x p l a i n e d " M y o w n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             .
    "Gary? I'd say. aftcr Silver Charm himself, that Gary         B-horse, but hc found a way to gct back into thc racc.                              opinionis thathc didn't run as wcll in thc Preakncss hc                      as
                                                                  That's why I think he's great. He rises io the occasion. did in the Derby                                   - he ran goodcnoughlo win, but he did
Stevensis the major player in all this. All I can do is get
Silver Charm rcady and then tell Gary, 'He's ready.Ride           Now, hc nright not be winning by nine,ten lengths, he                   but         thaton gutsandhcartflndhc rcallydid it on his own, you'
him like you want. If the horse is feeling good, I know           getsthejob done."                                                                   might say,without our hclp.
he'll give me thc rest."                                             F o l l o w i n g t h e P r e a k n e s sM r . B a f f e r t g a v e S i l v e r
                                                                                                               ,                                          "Now, he's still going to havc lo run in thc Belmont
    According to Mr. Baffe( Silver Charm has come into            Charm four days off, bcginning his training regimcn for                             Stakcs.Thcy'rc not going to scrvc it up to him on a silver
his own since Mr. Stevens         joined the team. "Oh, once      the Belmont        only daysago.                                                    plaitcr.But I don't bclicvchc'll havcto run as hardas he
Gary goi on him, thal's when somcthingclicked," the                  "At Pimlico, Silvcr Charmjust ran his hcartout for me,                           did in thc Preakness."
trainer said. "Thcrc's a real chemislry betweenGary and           andthen I hadto shiphim out [to Louisville]immediatc-                                                                                     (@n,inued on ncxt Inge)
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          lmm PnvionsPoge),                                                on the final lengths,adding that the chal-
                                                                           lcneerstill makls him a bit nervous,               dc-
     Rcflccrins on the racc hcad from the                                  soiie his conlidcnccin his own horsc'
                                                                              "Frcc Housc givcs Inc hcadaches                 hc-
 ocrsncstivco=f t*o alrcadybehindSil-
 'u"t            thc                                                                                                   andhc's
      thorm, Mr. Baffert said,"thc Dcrby is                                causc   hc's tough,hc's right thcre,
 ihc biSScst   race.lhc onc.wc all wanl to                                 alreadybeatenme in the past," the trainer
                                       'part of                             -
                                                                           said.
 *in. .ifit" thc Preakncss moreis                                             :;still it'r going to be Silvcr Charm and
 thc mcnu.' if you know what I mean'The
 thing is. you ian't take the Preakncss     and                             Free Houselnd you'll scc atrothergrcat
                                                                            bartlcrtown the stretch.But that's thc way
  its aftermathlightly' bccause   once you ve
  won that. it becbmis an eventagain'     lt be-                            SilverCharmlikesit.
                                                                                                                                                                     i',
  comeshislory."
     Asked to ionjurc a little history' Mr'
  Baffcrt predictcrtthat it'll bc Silver Charm
                                                                              "He'll ncver win a race bY lcngths
                                                                            a n d l e n q t h s .H e w a i t s o n h o r s e s 'H e
                                                                             needsta-rgets inspire him to fly," Mr'
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  anrl Frci Housebarrclingdown thc strctch
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           Tnrnns
 THnWnsrBuRy    SPORTS
  Elmont       Dreams to Gold
          Silver
       Sees         Turn
    .                BY Doniel J. McCue
    A senseof calm anticipationwas pcrvasivein lhe trce-
 lined stablc arca of Beimont Park Saturdaymorning,
 somesevenhours beforethe historic l29th runningof the
 BelmontSlakes.
    After daysof sometimes    frencticactivity, when the rou-
 rine of preiraring local hones for the nine racesa day that
 tvoicallv fbrm tnc Bclmont ptogram was amendedio in-
 ciitO" ttie build-up of a potenrialTriple Crown run and all
 is ramifications,'litllewas stirring in the dozensof bam-
 yards that make up what can bestbe described a tight-
                                                   as
 Lnit and uniqueLong lslandcommunity.
    Here and ihere a few couples,owners of horses,one
 Dresumed, fricnds of owners. walked hand-in-hand
              or                                           in
 iheir Sunday    bcst,smilingandsoaking thequiet.
                                          in
    And evcn Silver Charm, who had becn the focus of so
 much media attention since his arrival from Louisville'
  Kcntucky Wednesday      morning,stoodquicrly in his barn'
    The Klntucky Derby and Preakness      Stakes successfully
  behind him. he'lookedout from barn nine' the bam clos-
 est to thc track, anrl survcyeda quict strcct. gcntly nudg-
  ing the bale.offeedhangingnexl to his stall.
    -'lt
         would bc nice if ihe sun came out," said a rainer
  from anotherstablc as he passed,taking stock of the
  larselv overcast  skiesabove.
    Elsiwtrerc a roostcrcrowed.On the morningof the day
  that thoroughbred   racing'smost hallowedprizc, the Triple
  Crown, univon for somc l9 years.was in contcnlion'a
  barnyardcst wandcrcdundeterred'surpriscdin fact thal
  an actualhumanwascrossinghcr path'
  More Than Just a TWo Minute Race
     In all its history,only I I horscshad won the milc-and-
  a-half Belmont Stakei after successfullycapturing the
' first two iewelsof thc Triple Crown'
      It was-tirst     doncin 19i9, by a chcstnut              colt namcdSir
                                              -
  Baron and last accomplished with incrcdibly historic
  raccsby Secretariat ScattleSlew,just to mentiontwo
                                 and
                    -
  in between by Aflirmed in 1978.
      "lt's just the absolute        ePitome horseracing," a casual
                                                 of
  Tom Klllv said a fcw davsbcfore the fateful slakesrace.
      As he jpoke, Kclly, a professional                 horsetrainerand in-             rouctl com I MOMENT AFTER Endlngsllver chrrm's chances winnlnglhe Triple
                                                                                                                                                      at                  crown'
  ductecinto Thoroughbred                Racing'sHall of Fame,worked                                                                                            P-hotos DanielJ' McCuc end Beth Vellirnos
                                                                                                                                                                       by
  delicatelyover a pieceof rcd fabric, a horse'sracccolors.
      "Vou iratty wint to know what I'm doing?" he said in
  rcspons€ a reportcr'squestion.
                lo
      ihe look in liis eycs, accompanied a widc' friendly  by
  smile, suggestcd disappointmcnt
                            that                         might be inspiredby
  his answer.
      "l'rn cleaning the Velcro," hc said after a mome.nl'
  "You know, once in awhile this is just the sorr of thing
  you hirveto do."
  -
      Thoush he now spendsmost of his year in Miami'
  Florida I- nearing80 he claims io bc "about at thc end of
  my scopeas far is racing is concemed"- Kelly's four
  s o n s . i n c l u d i n g T i m o t h y K e l l y . o f C a r l e P l a c e ,a n d -
   Patrick Kelly, ofFloral Park havetakenover lhe reins ol
   the flrnily business.
      Thcir liarn-as it happencd,was located right next to fte
   one bcing occupiedby Silver Charm. "I've be€n here at
   Belmont-since l939, ueginning my career ai a groom""
   the patriarchof the family said, "and I raced my.first
   horse in the Bctmont Stakes, horse namedGlobe Mas-
                                              a
   ter. in 1960."
       Despitea lifetime spcntin the 8arnc.Kclly describcd^rhc
   prospecr a Triplc Cruwn winner as"cxciting asheck"'
                of
       "lt's just amazing to hear the way cven my sons are
   talking aboutit," he added.
       Why rhe mythic stature the race,cven to experienced
                                         of
   horse mcn?
       -Flrst of8ll, ofcuursc,it's right hcrein New York.So that
   nrakesit exciting. And then there'sthe facl that it's a real en-
   durarrct ru. ttt a rcat testof a horseand raincr andjockey.
       'Then too, you know, it's the icing on the cake for the                                                                                                                      bccome ft:t horse
                                                                                                                                                                                            the
                                                                                          A PORTION OF THn IfOnS THAN 20,000racc fanswho werc on hand to seelf Silver Charm could
   Triple Crown, and no one's gonc lor it in scveralyears"'                               ln 19yearsto win the Ttlple Crown.
    Keily ob,served. gucssit's the Kentucky Dcrby, in a sensc.
                           "I
   hofleconr to scelt whri'll not go to anotherraceall ye-ar."                                                                                           -
                                                                                          Dcrby fivc wecksago,was the very pictureof exhaustion. btxrls and tooking thrcc days
                                                                                                                                                                                   shy of a good night's
                                                                                            "We'rc going to win." he told a rcporter as hc slrode slecn,hc moved quic{ly past a phalsnxof rcporlersand
   The Principals Gather                                                                                                                          phoiographcrs lhc Srthcring(tf othcr traincrsat lhc
                                                                                                                                                                   t('
       Arriving for thc sclcctionof thc post positionsfor thc                             into thc TerraccGardens'banquctrooln in thc llclmont
                                                                                          Park srandstand.                                        front of thc roo.'
    SlakesThunday morning,Silver Charm lrainer Bob 8af-                                                                                                                              Gonrinucd pagc rJ)
                                                                                                                                                                                               on
                                                                                            Wciing a whitc windbrcakcr,farlcdjcans antl cowkry
    fert. a cclcbrity with fcw peers sincc his horse won the'
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                       Turnto Gold
            SilverDreams
         Sees
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                                                                                                                                                                                        hundrctlfansclatnored a betterview'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for
           His focusedstarc,not unlike that of a re-                                                                                                                                         Aftcr Touch Gold, Frcc House,CrYPto
      lief pitcher coming in to savelhe last World                                                                                                                                      Star.Wiltl Rush,lrish Silcnceand Mr' En-
      Serils game in the bottom of the ninth in-                                                                                                                                        creiicr werc led into thc paddmk, traincr
      nins,deflccted    moslrclnrters' qucrics.                                                                                                                                         Bi'ffcrt anncarctland Silvcr cham made
           As the asscrnblcd    awaitcdthc start o[                                                                                                                                     a srand cntrancc'accompanicd dozcns          by
      the draq video lapcsof Silver Charm's                                                                                                                                             oibursts from flashcamcras.
      Kentucky Dcrby and Preakness        victories                                                                                                                                          Momcntslale( lhe jockcys arrived,fol-
      played on sevcrallarge video screens       lo-                                                                                                                                    lowins thc samcpath to the paddockas
      cat€{t throughout the room.                                                                                                                                                       everydncelsc, and took up their mounts'
           As they did, the largc contingenttravel-                                                                                                                                     Theiacc of the ycar and the biggestrace
      ing with the horsebcganto 8et exciled'                                                                                                                                            to be hetd in Nassau           County in sometimc'
      sh-outing    "Co, Silver Charm, Go," as if                                                                                                                                        wouldbcginiustseven               minutes    later.
       they didn't alrcady know lhe outcomeof                                                                                                                                                 Warchiig Listoryunfotd from the low-
       those races.                                                                                                                                                                     est lcvcl oT thc grandstand,             pressedhard
           Sitting at a tablc behinda bank of tele-                                                                                                                                     against the fcncc thal separalespalrons
       vision cimeras, Mrs. Beverly kwis' who                                                                                                                                           f6m thc ponies,was an unusualaffair' A
       alons with her husband wns Silver
                                      o                                                                                                                                                 ioar t"cni up as the slarling gate opcned
       Charm. ralketl animatedlyabout the past                                                                                                                                          and a baremomenl laler the sevenhorscs
       severalweeks     of hcr life.                                                                                                                                                    racedpast the end of the grandstand                    and
           "You know, I just can not adequately                                                                                                                                          into the first turn.
       describchow uc |ccl," shesaid-"It's kind                                                                                                                                               Quickly, thcy diminishedin size as thcy
       of like we've bc'cnfloating on air and yet'                                                                                                                                       ran full ihrotile to the bilck side of the
       like everybodyelse,I suppose     there'sihis                                                                                                                                      track, and for most racc fans, lhe racc
       remendousscnseof anticiPation.                                                                                                                                                    could orrlv bc followed by the changing
           "When you think about il' 19 years, a is                                                                                                                                      ticks ol t-hcinfickl totc hoard. Aftcr a
*       long timc for this not to happen."Mrs.                                                                                                                                           stronq srrtrl,Silvcr Charnrsank back to
        Lewiscontinucd.                                                                                                                                                                               I'chind Frce Housc.and for an in'
                                                                                                                                                                                         "gg6n-d.
           Though Silvcr Charm arrivcd at Bel-                                                                                                                                           slanl,wr\ third.
        mont Park with a policeescortWcdnesday                                                                                                                                                "l can rcmemherbeing here whcn Af-
        morninq,the Lewiscsand their friendsand                                                                                                                                          firmcdtx';rtAlydar,"saidonc racefan lo an-
        family iidn't actually make it lo thc ttack                                                                                                                                      othcr."l was hcar with my fricnd Jackand
                                                                   SILVf,R CHARM heads fmm rhe Psddck                 SAM GROSSMAN, of Huntington. plsving
        until early Thursday,having speni lhe                                                                                                                   lhc slart of              we tlccitlcdthatcilhcr wc klh didn't sct a
                                                                  to its dnte with destinY'                           the nourish that would msrk
        nieht beforcat the GardenCity Hotcl.
           -'What                                                                                                     ihe rece.
                                                                                                                                                                                          lhine.or onc of us coultt sil on lhc olhcr
                    wc saw. we liked"' shc said of                                                                                                                                        - iAllshtrrldcrs describc for thc
                                                                                                                                                                                          puv'i                 and             it          othcr'
        her horse's first workout on Bclmont's                                                                                                                                                       I .on rclncmbcris startingto fall
        sandyItack. "He looks good'"                                                                                                                                                      backwardas thc two horscsmatch stridcs             'Tltis
            "The time beiwcen the Preakness      and                                                                                                                                      for thc final mile, and Jack saying,
        the Derby went very quickly," Mrs. Lcwis                                                                                                                                          is the srciltcsthorseraceI've ever sccn."'
        said in answer to anotherquesiion. "But                                                                                                                                               norinding thc last turn, the hopesof
        this [the time that elapscdbetweenthe                                                                                                                                             traincr llafTert and the Lcwises seemcd
        Preakness     and thc Belmont,just under                                                                                                                                          aboutto be rcalized.Silver Charm surgcd
    '   three wecksl, wcll. sullice to say, it seems                                                                                                                                      forwanl, and with him so did the decibcl
         like a very very long time between   mces."                                                                                                                                      level of thc spcctators.
            Would life be differcnt after Saturday'                                                                                                                                           The checr.s       and rooting conlinucd to
         after lhe Stakes? shewas asked-                                                                                                                                                   mount,Srowinglouder,more insistcnlas
            "Our life has changedalready"' Mrs.                                                                                                                                            the horsis squarcdoff in the stretch run'
         Lewis replied."Ever sincethe Derby."                                                                                                                                             Then sutltlenly,in the final I00 yards'
            She smiled, "lt should happento more                                                                                                                                          T o u c h G o l d b c g a nt o m a k e h i s m o v e '
         peopte. It's a high that's going to last a                                                                                                                                        overtakinqSitvel Charm and ultimately
         long time."                                                                                                                                                                       rlenvins tfie fans' favoritc his shot at inr-
                                                                                                                                                                                           mortaliiv hv thrcc-quartcrs a length'of
      Amidst the Fanfarc'                                                                                                                                                                      Justai suidenly,ihc crowd grew hushcd'
      His Matters Most                                                                                                                                                                     their chccrsfalling olf like that last gaspof
          Sam Grossman,the Huntington native                                                                                                                                               waterfmm a freshlY          closedsPigot.
      who blows the trumpet fanfare twice be-                                                                                                                                                  "l saw a shadowout of the corncr of my
      forc each and every race at Belmont Park                                                                                                                                             c v e . " J o c k e vG a r y S l c v e n ss a i d a f t c r -
      said he's seenhistory on the par with Silver                                                                                                                                         wanls, tlcscrihingthc final seconds the           of
      Charm's go for the qown unfold beforc his                                                                                                                                            race, "lt was fouch Gold and Silvcr
      eye only once in his five yearson thejob. -
        -'It                                                                                                                                                                               Charmncversaw him."
              was my first BeltnontStakes,               actual-                                                                                                                               "Racinc luck beat Silvcr Charm," Baf-
      ly, in thc summerof 1993,whenJulie Kro-                                                                                               pmsence rt Belmont Psrk                        fert said.;'ll wasn't lts if hc cameinto the
                                                                   HALL OF FAME TRAINER TOM KELLY, who hes been r
      ne becane lhe first woman ever to ride a                     slnce 1939.
                                                                                                                                                                                           strctch and thrcw in thc t()wel' He ncvcr
      horseinto the winncr'scircle," he recalled.                                                                                                                                          ftrew in the towcl."
          'That was really somethingto be here                                                                                                                                                 Baffcrt addcd, "You know, they lthe
                                                                   2.000 pcopleor 50,fi)0 PurPlc."                     nholoeranherfrcm The SportinS Nea's
      for, and now lhis race, I think is even                                                                                                                                               fansl came oul to sce a great show and
                                                                      Anti vet. Grossmanconccded,           lhcre's a  was discussing significant a potcn-
                                                                                                                                            thc                   of
      bisser." he said. "I can't believe[Silver                                                                                                                                             thevsol it... Thc lhing we haveis the
                                                                   percepiionthat playing the.famous30-                tial Triple Crown winner wilh onc of his
      Ci'irm's jocktyl Gary Stevenshas guar-                                                                                                                                                xcnruiky Dcrby.That won'l rub off'"
                                                                   irote flourish at lhe start of thc ninth racc       collcaeucs.
      anteede victory. I mcan,why evenrun thc                                                                             'This is biggerthan thc Su1rr Bowl." he
      race then?[.et's havethe coronationright                     on Stakes     diy is a verYbig deal.
                                                                                                                                                                     to thc cap
                                                                                                                                                                                            A Jockey Rellects
      now.                                                            "Oh, I'll be nervous,"he said' "Because sairtcxcitcdly,making rcfercncc
                                                                                                      'lt's your big                                                                           Retircd JtrckcyBraula Baeza'who was
                                                                                                                       he bousht       w h i l e c o v c r i n gt h c l i r o t b a l l
          " A c t u a l l Y ,t h o u g h ,w e a l l w i s h h i m  peoplewill kccp tellingmc                                                                                                inducred into the ThoroughbredHall of
                                                                   iav.' But. I mcan,thc trulh is lhc only big         champidnship New OrlcanslastJantrary' Fame in 1976.and who racedregularly
                                                                                                                                          in
       well. We're all rooting for Silver Charm.                                                                          "P;rtlv lhit's bccausc thc nrlttrc of
                                                                                                                                                           of
       It'sjust sucha big movelguarantecing                  the   Oayin my life was the day that I marricd                                                                                 throush thc 1960sand 1970s,said this
                                                                    m v w i f e .J i l l .                             horseraiing. Partly it's bccausc onc              no
       racel. I mcan,onty Joe Namathand Marc                                                                                                                                                vcar'Jracchad bcena sPccialonc'
                                                                                                                                                                                            -
                                                                      iThis irn't my big <tay. racing's
                                                                                                   It's          big    hasaccompiished in so long," hc con-
                                                                                                                                                this
                                                                                                                                                                                                "A bis racc like Shisoccurs and you
       Messierhaveever guaranteed victory in       a
                                                                                                                        tinucd.  "This is big. Rcallybig."
       New York sports hislory.                                     dav." Grossman         continucd."Maybc aftcr                                                                           draw ncinlc from all ovcr lhe country lo
                                                                                                                           Bv the (ime the horses,            jockcYs,own-
           "The woid around here is that onc of                     thi-s-racc,   peoplewill catch on to the fact                                                                           yout tia.li and your conttnunilyand that's
                                                                    that you don't haveto gamblelo havea                ers and trainershad gathcredin thc pad-                                       gt"ot thing." he said."A lot of pco-
       those men would ride the horse for                                                                               dock arca shortly bclore           5 p.m. on Siltur-                i
                   -
       Stevens but it would be tough to make                        realli sood time herc. Bclmont Park real-                                                                               p l""ty a n t t o b c i r o u n d w h c n h i s l o r y i s
                                                                                                                                                                                                cw
                                                                    tv iia-wonderful place.Therc's lots of              dav aftcrnoon,       70,682 fans - thc third
       lhe weight class,"Grossman              laughcd.                                                                                                                                     made.
                                                                    fiesh air. You can-watchihc races.You               lareesrcrowd in thc history of thc race
           But seriously folks, Grossman,who pel-                                                                       --had turncdout to sec if Silver ('harm                                 "It woultl've been great for [thorough-
       forms with the local band               Naked Truth          can picnicout in thc back.                                                                                               brcdl racing if Silver Charm had won, but
                                                                       "li is designcrlas entcrtainmentand              could actuallysecurethe Triplc Crown'                                                                                 it was
       when not perfcrning at the Itack pmfessed
                                                                                                            like me'    while fendingoff the awesomc                 challcnge I think we all hopeand believethat
       to nof being swePtup in Stakesexciternent s p o r t f i r s t , a n d f o r s o m c o n e                            S t a k e sc o n t e n d c r s r e c H o u s c a n d
                                                                                                                                                         F                                   siill srcat that hc hada chance.
       &e Friday afternoonbeforethe race."Whcn                      who'sncvergambled his life. it's cntcr- o f
                                                                                                in                                                                                              "liow ourjob will bc to make surc that
                                                                    tainmentfirst," the trumpctcraddcd                  Touch Gold.
       I auditionedfor this job back in 1993'my                                                                                                                                                           and big horsescontinuelo comc
                                                                                                                           As diqnitarieslikc New York Scnalor hiq raccs
       tlrought was that this would bc thc rcally                                                                                                                                            he-rc thc futurc.That's thc only thing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in
       uniqueand inlcrcstingjob I've had in my
                                                                    The Big           Race                              Alnhons-e    D'Amato and Ncw Ytrrk Mnyor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        peoplc out to enjoy a
                                                                       Outsidethe presstoom. about four sto-            Ru'dolnh     Giuliani hcadeddown the parl- that will bring the
       life. ord it has bcen.At the sarnetime' I do                                                                     dr.-k way t0 hc a patl of thc aclion.ser cral                        bcautifulaftcrntnn in lhc park."
                                                                    ries up from thc action        on the track. a
        the sanrc fiing every day, whether tlrcre's
                                                                                                                                                      'r,1
                                                                                                                                                     '-',' !.

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            TheMilk Wagon
                        Begets
                             aTrophy
                                   Case
              Horse TrainerPhiI                                                                                                                           St\)rtsman Park to rec ttrqorrghblg qgc
                                                                                                                                                       '- on its half-miletnck.                  ," . :
             Johnsonlnolcs Back                                                                                                                              ''l'll
                                                                                                                                                                    tell you, thrt's all ]rou noo4" rob.
                                                                                                                                                          sr,n said. "It was like being ininod with
                On His Career                                                                                                                             srrnething. I've never dooe alylhiag but
                                                                                                                                                          thismy wholelife."
               at BelmontPark                                                                                                                                Ihe boy - and the maq for|harmana
                                                                                                                                                          - hadfoundhiscdling.                        '. .
                               By Deniel J. McCuc
                      In an age when thc sclf-made man is in-
                 crcasingly rare, horsc fairpr Phit Johnson                                                                                                  { Sley of CsrcerEiq[igbts, i
                 is a sundard bearcr of a time when luch
                                                                                                                                                             Acquired Oneet a Time
                                                                                                                                                                 t-houghhis impending induction ilto
                pcrsiseot inspiration and elfort could uk6
           ,loualongway.                                                                                                                                    the Hall offamc would sccmlo bc thc
                     'I wa3                                                                                                                                 cat,peron a long and fruifirl cnq, Jobn-
                              bom in Chicago, had no horse
                                                                                                                                                            son said he has no int ntion of:rlowhg
                brclground at all, and my fathcr was a
                                                                                                                                                            down or retiring, and for good rcasoa:
                drummer in vaudevillg" he remcmbered
                                                                                                                                                            he's a winner through and through.     ,
                lhc other dey bctwecn phonc calls from                                                                                                          ()vcr thc coursc of hir crrs bc'r lcd
                owms wanting to know about thcir tlect-
                                                                                                                                                            trainer'standings Belmont Put four
                                                                                                                                                                                  at
            ' footcd investnrenls.                                                                                                                          tinres and Aqueduct thrcc tincr.'Duing
                    Boro in Otrriber, 1925, rohnson rnd
                                                                                                                                                            1978 rd '79, htu eolrie won 12 rtrligbt
                hir frrhcr (his morher having passcd
            . rway rbonly afrer his binh) lived iD r                                                                                                        stnkesrrces. and ho hricc so drcc rg
                hocl in rhe windy cirn and it was in his
                neighborhood'r. stree$ that lhe future             Pf,IL JOf,lYSON,smr to bc loductcd bto tho Thorou3bbrcdf,dl o,lFrmc, conanltrfilh an
                tralncr - who'll be inducted into the              orrcr rftcr lo carly mrnhj rrorlout                           Pholocby Brth Vrlllanos
               Thoougbbrcd Hall of Fame in Saratogs,
                Ncw York on August 4 - got his fint
               glimpce of a life hc'd prosper in all his
               rduh days.
                    "l gncss I was 14 or 15 when I first rc-                                                                                                   In June t996. hc ard
               llly noticed the milk wagon horses,.
                                                                                                                                                            Sarnyn won their
               Johnson said, a Bclrnont Psrk csp sifiiog                                                                                                    when a sweel-nalured
               smrnly upon his head. 'The milt wagon                                                                                                       Kiri's Clown capturodan a
             .dclivatd to dl tF ncarby aparrdcnts, and
                                                                                                                                                           Thc fobnrcn/Samy[ tcsrl
               whcncvcr it stopped, my fricadr rnd I
                                                                                                                                                           stakesfees duri!8 a
               rrould go over and pct thescponies.                                                                                                             It all starredwith a lrcnc
                   '!{ow, somewlrcre,
                                           I don't klow where,                                                                                             Master,which Johnson
               I hcard lhal htrscs lilcd sugar.So I swtcd                                                                                                  dollars 1942.
                                                                                                                                                                     in
               briogiog him sugar. And onc day - I                                                                                                             "I was loo youog lo
               gucsr gencrally hc was a wcll-lrained
                                                                                                                                                           trainer's license. bua I
              hsq rc thc &ivcr mvcr put tlr breat on                                                                                                       anyway,and
        , - lhal horrc followcd lr o rcbol."                                                                                                               to train." Johnsol
                 'Ilghing       good-narurodly at himsclf as                                                                                               many mistatc I medc
        i' wdl u at thc nrcmory, hc addcd,'I al-                                                                                                           efited greatly from thc
        :i wryr,lhought it was me that thc horsc                                                                                                                         anuaftcrofry
          . litodandnotrhorugar."
       ;'          An carty moraitg's rain had curtailcd
                                                                                                                                                         l;'.Iilf.t"
                                                                '
        l, lhc morning wortout outsidc Barn 63,
      .l: near Bcbnoot Putl Plainlield Road en-
       : trancc, rnd a qucstion had inrpircd recol-
                                                                                                                                                          always conccrnod lhat
              lcctions sorne 54 fcrrs in tlp nufring.
        .          As Johnsm spoko of his log carccr, a           rIlU'S CLOWN, tbc borro thrt rcurrd
              oumbcr of barn hands, a work forcc 22               Jotnron'r rl00crrtcr vlctory, bob r rpochl  ?Of,NSON'S ASSISTANT IIAINER re-
              stong, sqlted itr variors ways rmgnd thc            pl*t ln hb br!                               vbn rctlvlllcr luHo Oc brnr.
              slsl|r' rornc grooming their clurgc3, oth
                                                                                                                                                              nficr ano6ctr.lcphm
                                                                                                                                                          conducting a mini-lou of
             crs vdking them, and two ablc-bodicd..r
                                                                                                                                                          son rr[trncd to thc
       : felbwr wcting to gct one rhar.wouH bc l
       ; runnilgthardryhlohfurho6.                    . ,
      '           'Now. my frthcr.
                                         rs I, told your wrs r
      i dunrr               in varilevillc," Johnroo coniin-
             ucd. 'tIc playcd in thc Chicasp thcatcr,
             wtlch wu ttc big&rt hourc.itr vudevillc                                                                                                     just litc anyotb atildc !d fut;erftf
       , rt thc timc, but with thc advcnt of
                                                            thc                                                                                          rtrcssinjurica both of thc phFicd fild
             donbb fcaturc. h€ could scc ttul movics                                                                                                                                           ' ;
             *trc roon goiog to kill thar kiod ofcntcr- '                                                                                                andthcmcntal       liod.
       , ariirnEDt. That'r whcn hc dccidcd !o be                                                                                                              "I can rcmcmber      going o ttc'ol&r'
             m          a photogrqha, rnd oo tho sidc hc
                                                                                                                                                         trsincn for ldvicc crrly oo ad.nyilg,
                                                                                                                                                          'Whrt rm I going!o do wirh &lr hrrc'r
      . vsaboabcscbcm.'
      r           TbSahcr, farhcr."d yorhful roo wootd                                                                                                   leg?' You could rcc loncahhg wrr
      , collcca old bcAiag fqmf whic.hcould bc                                                                                                           wrong, it would bc rwollcn or ro0s-.
             botrght at bulk no Fic6, eld oomparc.                                                                                                       thing but in thc dayr bcforcX-nyri-
             thrgriDsr         rlrc lrrgc numbcrof m+allcd
                                                                                                                                                         heck,'pcople dido't cvea got,X;reir
                                                                                                                                                         whenI rurrcd oor - you bld b.dcvirci
            Acdng ryrtcmr" which wcrr bcing mrr. r
      '
            kcto.ttoglrtrblctratthcdma -..
                                                                                                                                                         olher mcthodr to dctcrmho'rhctlori
                 'Ilc wr|                                                                                                                                what you wcrc rcciag wu r'bturt,'or,i
              ,              dwrF tr:/itrg to find a systco                                                                                                                                  "r
                                                                                                                                                         simplyrn infcction.
            thrt rtortcd' Iolusm reid"                                                                                                                       '"Thar cxmly ilrc bd of tdng i {.
                                                                                                                                                                     war
                 Aolcrrting Ptil Johnron'r tnlsfqm*., -.                                                                                                                                         tb;
            tio too city boy b rffihirg                                                                                                                  older trtincn heppilyprrcd ol tb tto..
                                                     ut   rtin                                                                                           youngcrguyr tbcn,"foMrili                   ._
            l,o rouotry rqufuq xr'c dbmt                                                                                                                                   brct
                                                           d
            woc&cnd3lpclt loc|thg inb Giqgo.3                                                                                                                                      w,alJ'llj,niti';
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            ''21
                                                                                                    -tuNE le.1997
                                                                                 THE WESIIURY TIMES



                                Casen*'*o::Y
                    Bege a TroPhY
           Milk Wagon  ts
   At 8Y tivcn time, Johnson'sB€lrnont
           ivcn ume' Jotrlrytr t !
                      by sPproximately
put rtftE-t" boarded approliryltely
-r[' uriti is
  ri
     uncr. cigtrt oJ.wlicf-h:,]9!* *
iJrr friil oioetship io' In additiotrto
ffitffi,t"; ; ",S':lrJ:1"'-:1
                           Ii:
iirlJr'sTl-'J, MarY'KaY, his
                        and
&ugbrcrr KathYand Krrco. brccd hors-
a""tfrts Kirhv
;-fG-ir-fiti.ot            sratt.. (It s namcd'
ilTo."t.tii'        r"r Amherrt court' thc
It".itrtJ-ritititv      lives on in Rockville
 -
Centsc.)
    Cuncortv lhey own fivc brood mares'
toioft"6          r"gularly makeslt.8 pf.ctiqe
 to brrcod recchorsesin paflnerstup wtrn nts
 o*o"tt. ft"it horses are boarded at sta-
 Uesi; K.ntu"ry, Ocala' Florida' and uP
 -;itiuoo
 3btaNcwYork.
                 or a tutn on thc usual relation-
                                              it's
 snio tciwc"n owner lnd trainer' but
 -J*"y      y* have a-charrce rnake some
                                  to
  rcal mncY," he elPlsrned'

          ofthe Thack
  The YYaYs
     Bcceusc-they generatly only catch a

  ;':,'i';'*U:::lllll'xl"*t',""*',
    rimc.-rlre morcs of thc retk are some-
    ifri"i ttto public is fergcly unfamiliar
    with.-OL                      I
                                               'claim-
    ."         i^r*       is th€ naotrr of ihc
''.
     ini-race.; *ttich tobnson erpla-ined
     ilfoirhiit        aid of ilr trrck's'condition                                                                                                          ,t,rn't I old.
                                                                                                                                                                        fcr
                                                     ju'                                                                                                          'i.y- r'xvc io remembcr, 0ris busin ss
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in
     ii#-           i Jt totnc uut's kind of a
     nic Bibb in rtre stable area.
     -;i"ouiortrr""                                                                                                                                          ,,,uii. ,'.uline wilh livgtock and otl'cr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and
                            raccs a day arc actually                                                                                                         ;':;Di;', ;;"y. You hrve to bc sharP
     claiminr raccs, and whst that means ls'                                                                                                                 ,'', , x ' 6 3 11 6 6 6 f i t u s c d .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rid
      anvonc-who is a liccnsed owner
                                                  - so                                                                                                            il"ili',n"rrt-"elt his barn, Johnrcn s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lte
    ,foiq t" l" ot shc has rhc moneY on de-                                                                                                                  'r'.r iiti'Jf" r"L-o beingfuducicdirto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cs'.r.
      mit - can urake a bid on a horse tn uus
      'oarrlcuter                                                                                                                                            ir.iroir
                                                                                                                                                              : ''ifr, .1.er'cr ^tae a good horsa"
                                                                                                                                                                             ""tccri*tly;intrurtrtr'betie
                     rrc and own him ouuigbt im-                                                                   bldr currr'
                                                                                        ttdt8 nci:+PhilJobuo                                                    "i'rt"i' ' ttrartrone is bcn, lrc has thc la-
      iudirrclvrllctw&ds"'            - -           i-.; . i ffibtt*
                                                     lno'                                                                                                     ,.,n,uhi,',y to hc gffd, gf€5i. tncdiocrc or
    ir ilrlcedngatuscGr[ lcovoUF barD                                                                                                                                                                                or
    rrcvcrconrcbrk?
       ---rcl|.                                                                                                                                               ', ir","", '.'lLr iitrt?r in frs temperament
                 it tupp"nt a lot"'Johnsonsaid'                                                                                                               ,,;. nor. ond I honestlybelievc that lttu
       . tM,;t of'rie good uriners started out                                                                                                                , ,i fgq r him, take carc of him' but lttu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I
     ;clrint t hc!6 ;d rho rcrsm that hcl@                                                                                                                    ,           t 'f" hirn good.That's just thc ay
                                                                                                                                                                 ""'i
       ffirc oln'cpod is, you tEslly don'l lrow
       wher vorivi bought until you'v€ gotten                                                                                                                  " i"*,"0 a quotationdown from a clip-         -This is a
       iE t#.o io vo,,t 6wa brra' rnd rloog the                                                                                                                ro"Ji',ir*          watt, Johnson       said,
        *ii ru..ci            rbout G'vcrytiortior yott                                                                                                        \tatemc'll swearI           by":
        ifri-trf        urotrrrog iPnnbc of buY'
                         "r
                                                                                                                                                                    "It tl,'esnl mattcr'who ildcs thcm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lt
                                                                                                                                                                                                 traias 'hcnr sn:l it
   #"?[f *",Lo.n'lpo,oi*iftnr
                    tlc salrc
                              iou                                                                                                                               ,torin:, itiriiho
                                                                                                                                                                ,liioi"t, iis"t             mattcr vho owrs hen
   l[ffi'ilrvo,t'rc         oc4ifu                                                                                                                                                                               go as
                                                                                                                                                                i iii nrat nckoning, da,ev urly
                                                                                                                                                                'rnii                                   will
     Uirf,trc,r' O-'r gcribc t€cognith lbat      -                                                                                                                      ii,t oofa, ot rhiY an brcd o ga"
      smitlincrs. likc D. Wayr lakas gctr
   .b buvrbb hser 8t ltrctim' wharYou            gs                                                                                                                  "That's a great stalcment,- tohn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     'on
   lli-*nrri-          .t a good claimhgtrliu- .                                                                                                                .aio.-ierurnini the quotc,-cli@ frotn a
    I , Adtbcr tspcct of thc {rblc yart'rnc                                                                                                                                      ro i-tsplaceon thc sall'
                                     utrdcrtto@'ls                                                                                                               "iasazinc' not a bclicvcr io thc jockey
                                                                                                                                                                    i'i-. ,i*
    "-*brfi.gp-3 rnorcc$ity
    - octhror ooc
                        to tnisr'wbo go lhpuSh                                                                                                                   ,nakins tllc horsc," hGcontitrucditl tirnc'
                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Ju3t ry nol to rm'
    ,!dSFiod$                                                                                                                                                    "l alw-ays      tcll lhem,
   ; :...-Ifiio you scr in r slumpin mYqri-
   '-';+                                                                                                                                                         nJe rn" norsc's forwrrd progrcsr""
                                                                                                                                                                 ' -No.
               you dmt hcc Yqn rmoey')lourcc
                                        qCyclctlilc                                                                                                                         rt" said, what it sll cotnct down to
    ;;6..,!"rr.-         ,ohtrsi,nsaie                                                                                                                         is ttrchorsc.
                                                                                                                                                               '
    . ifi;       ooUaUty    incvitabb'1lp rhingis'                                                                                                                   ;ii. , rt" ttcoting, rcatly, that tclls in thc
        f O rtr,u*ncr kcc?cthc rsrc h6!cs'                                                                                                                     cnd," Johnson         erplaincd''And-1ou never
        uff rcncr?ttvcontiauo looingstIcal A
                                  r                                                                                                                            in-o* 'utrar yori'vc got until--you'vc
        rost-traincnconfroltc{,withthis titut-'
                               'La'i ga rid of thcsc                                                                                                           *oit e,t t"ith a horsJfor awhilc' ln a
        to tcffr ru o*o.r'                                                                                                                                     *oikout ot* day, rlrcy'lt do solrthing to
        brcg rrd gctronEothc$.?         With lh4 tllc
     '                                                                                                                                                          inaicarc tttat thelire tincr tran usut'"
                                                                                                                                                                  ''
         nilor rrt .I it *u"ttY b.orco"                                                                                                                               Asi.,l *ttictt-ttottcs hc bclicvcr !rc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                thc
    -.'r}iicrtly, Iohnroi raid' a 89oqryc:                                                                                                                      nJoi-a[           rimc, Johnson quiclly-cited
     .'bltc witl rul until h3 a $c l! tDollt '                                                                                                                   iecliutiar" who won thc Belmot Suker
    i';;;       ;id. oouSb thc avcragc-       ago-of
                                                                                                                                                                 i.ian'oi"tine lt tengthsin 1973'utd-C.i:
         ffirtr runningit BclmootPul il El-                                                                                                                     iJ,rii.         i""" o" dhpbCrwn in t948
     lnont il ctorcito 5' Gcldings'          bccrus:
       '.rnc'y'rcgptErdly lighta thrn coltl' tyPr'                                                                       "Most good uainersdon't"'                 ';d;t;;"r't
                                                                                                                                                                and nevcr losl a racc !t Bclmool
                                                                                                                rcsoludon.
                           garrca littlc lmger'                thc crpenscs, and therefore they "outa uf-                                                                           fast, could rur sncccsslully
       ; crtiv lai in Oc                                       ford o be patient.                                                                               ,,n ionu * short distrffi,        and could run
                                                                           -nor                                     Life
        .' Artod rbout the rchrbnrbiP Ftw.qn                      -Ihat's      truc today' WhGrcotlc own- ' The                                                 *"1'f .i u             of surfreq" 1p 36itl by
          ows        trainet'Johnto lctncdDrcr ln
        :hir rnd|nd thoughtrbout thc most                      cr usod  to havc l() lmrsis, now a ryndicate     On rnv given day,Johnson    said' he's up                     ""ti.y
                                                                                                                                                                wav of cxolmaton.
               chrir
       'mliticsayoarswerthlqtstion'                            of 40 ocoolc own onc, rnd rll of tltc rcla'      i'ij i.fr. rn4 i cup of colTcenearby'               liefutc it was tinrc !o go' lolrilon was
                                                   -.                                                       "r a treodmill fm 45 minutes'
                                                                                                            -'fft
                                                                                                            on
        *' .I'd !.i rhd thc           thc rclationOip          Oonrtripsit rle track arc far rmrc compet-                     andCNN, behindhim' trc's          .rk.i uno morc qucstion: WhY docs hc
       'lbctwccn-o*ncrr dap                                    itivc  Onn thcY usedto bc.
                                                                                                                    n.."t
                                                                                                                                                                staYin the game?
                                                                                                                                                                  ':h,rr.s
                              snd raincrr is lot as               'Now. somctimes, You havc owners                         "t
                                                                                                            oul !o thc mck bY 5:30.
                                                                                                            -;i.ouia                        'Arcn't I liv-                     tfo rcason," hc sai4 poinrin;; o
       i--oot g it uscdo bc $d fu rcrroo is                     wtro ry io nrt rlc sqrrczc on tnincrs' and
                                                                                                                          rt"t iiup urd say,
                                                                                                                                                                 firi;s t'rom, who wtpies 'Ilthc ilrll cloa'
       1ttbctlogc in Oc taxlsw lo l9t6'lE !tid'                                                              inc-**   hatd lifc,' but the honesttruth is'                                            wrr rhrav-3
        i''g.iorc-tsso, thcre wcrr e lot of good                in turn, rhcy crpcct us to put OF squeeze                                                                 rtte trainer's oltict.
                                                                                                             an-vthingyou do all 0rc tinp bec{mes cas-
         'rdtJmn in hors€rrcilg, becrulc thcy-                  ol the lPnes.
                                                                --ri"                                                                                            irt" not..t.'. anonow ifr only thc horscs'"
                                                                                                                                                                 "siio
                                                                                                             iii l" Jll e"a while I'm old in vears' I
                                        dcdttct br ot
                                               I                         Jon't do that,'Johnson csid with
           ciuu wttc ofi ucir tosscq
THB WESTBIrRYflltqq   -JIJLY 3, 199/




                      A Photo DssY bY Dmid J. ltlc0ue             tlr far turn of Bctmont's mile-and-a-half
                                rnd Bcrh Vdlianoe                 m"k n ftont of him, dozcnr of exercisc
                                                                  riOers, Oe vast majority of them cithcr
                      Mornincs at Belmotrt Park in Elmont
                                                                  sooin' em"ti""o or woiten, worked the
                   are about;s diffet€nt ftorn rnornings else-
                                                                  stcedsbenealhthem at varioos psccs'
                                                                   ---"Sone
                   where in this large suburban community'                   gallop. Somcjog' Some walq"
                   as teams with shirts are from those that
                                                                   said Cd8tr6. "tiaU dcpendson what nccds
                   '-;tt in "skins."
                   olav
                                                                   to be wortcd on and whetbcr they'rc rr-
                          o"t in by 4:30 a.m. without fail, and
                 : eachlay stirts with my taking all our          't:HiT#                      pnit
                   horses' iemperatures, meking sure th€t
                                                                                 *'f"lStn t,nrn"r
                                                                  Johnsonfq the past26 yeors' mst of then
                    Gv aU cat inO ctrecling.att their legs for
                                                                      Iohoron't nimber 6ne man rbout the
                    r*6lling or signs of injury," said Herirto    ".          assistant traincr. At any given
                                                                  .tuSt"
                    Cdano la$ week.
                                                                  time, he's 8ot about Zl trrscs in his cse'
                                                                          "oO
                       "It's atwaYs samemutine."
                                    $e                               'fiis is-an imDortrnt tiflre at 0|€ track'
                       As Gdan6, a native of the Dominican
                                                                  he said. explainiig tie pcriod from 5:30 !o
                    Reoublic and resident of Valley Stream
                                                                   lo:30 a.m. each day that thc 2'2OOhors€s
                    spot", tt" was leaning against a rail near
                                                                  at Belrnont are led out for oxcncise'
     v.tr occslton you might Eeea horse
-^_
                tr comes amund the tfack, it            .-After the morning run, which usuallv
:,"lyrr.*
mr_gN.miss-step, lhis is when you
                       and                              g-9-ry.tq p t.5miiltr€s, rhorougti_
                                                                               ttre
                                                  can   g11sare.led_9ak theirstables,
                                                                       to
:ll-lhi.rlg.
                 and
                       lsk thc rider wtrit rrap_
                                                                                    w6re
                                                        Loano said, "they have a nice bath,
penod.
          _YouwEtch the horses all the wiv                                                  get a
a r o u n d _ a n dy g u c a n d e t e r m i n e
                                                 hoi
                                                                          *"n wirked
                                                        trl".trIr*-"fr:,,u* are
they'rc doinc." '
                             horsesoins
                                 is   !o                 . With ahat,the horses   pretty muchad_
                                                        Joufnto lh€calmof theirsepaiate   staltsin
",:itffiT,J'^TJ:ur from rhis,,,
              good idea
        q."_r."                                         IT--D1I1,-.h9ueh  u few wifl bebroughrout
.-_I.o,i                         he                     ru€f ror ttEir respectiveraces-
             can lelt if he,srunning
-?rj"9;...Yot,
lfr'i"l";-:trSffi rsuoun":                              ...-Ygr!ty   rheyhavea prettyrelaxing
                                                                           'A
              ffi'                                      llt";' sleep said. tot 6f tides we fini
                                                        rrFy 9auno  standing in theirstalls."
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*it
                          SPOBTS
      Flonal Pnnr Drsp,qrcH
 All Eyes            Springs August
        Turnto Saratoga    in
             By Deniel J. Mc{ue                     A sale of "nrefened" yearlings- most-
                                                lv New York bred thorirughbreds will-
   It's an evint that can have a profound
imDact on the sport of thoroughbredhorse        flllo* on Arg. 10, with each horse ex-
racins for years to come, and could mark        oectedto sell tirr approximately $20,fi)0'
                                                '
the first public showing of the Triple              "It's deftnitelybur biggestsaleof the
                                                vear in lhe trcw York.area'''said     Seinna
Crown contenders 1999,for                       'Hoooe.,
                                                           an a'tminislrativeexecutive assis-
    It is. of course, the annual select year-
 linq sate conductedby the Fasig-Tipton          tant at the I exington, Kentucky-based
Co-mpanyat the SaratogaRace Track in             Fasig'Iipton.
 SaraloqaSprings, New York.                         "Mosi of tlrc major playersin the sport
                                                'will either hc there themselves'or have
    thiJyeai's site, scheduled Aug.5' 6
                               for
                                                 their reDresctrlativesaitend"'
 and 7. will feature231 horses,with pro-
 iecGd sales expected to surpasi $56 mil-           lncorprorated yean ago by William B'
                                                                  99
 iion. (Basedupbn a per yearlingsaleprice         Fasie and Edward A. Tipton' lne company
  of approximately  $175,000.)                    rhat-Uets their namesis the ol&st aucdon




                                                                                                                                 h
                                                                                                TEoRoUGEBREDS thltone bcsoH rucdon *ffif
                                                                                                           LIKE     wlll   rt
                                                                                                                                                                          ff*ffir."r"

                                                                                                comoanvof its kind in Noflh America'         imal is an all-imPortant crit€da
                                                                                                   ninoig ttre tegendary thoroughbreds            The reason? As Ycarlings thorough-
                                                                                                that have-b€ensold as yearlings at Sarato-   breds have yet to achicvc their full
                                                                                                ea since the auctionsbegan there in the      erowth. aod are, in most casct' a yeal
                                                                                                                                                                    training as rrc horses'
                                                                                                iarlv l9ffis were lhe great Man o' Vy'ar' iwav from serious
                                                                                                whd was sotd at Saratogain l9l8 (fol-             "Ii's during the inspoction tlut wc really
                                                                                                lowinq a respite in sales brought on by       set our first fecl for the lnrse -We'll con-
                                                                                                                                                                                   undcr
                                                                                                                                              iideration," Ms. Hooper said"               take
                                                                                                Ameri-can    involvement in World War l)'
                                                                                                           (the dam of Northern Dancer)' ' a long tdk at the form of 0rc          horsc' at its
                                                                                                Nalalma
                                                                                                 and BlackTle Affair, namedHonse the of       muscle massand iul borc smrc{ure- snd
                                                                                                 Yearin 1991.                                 that insoeclion, consider'edwith the
                                                                                                   More recentlv, 1993 Belmont Stakes         itor*'s &tigt€c, will rcsult in a detenni-
                                                                                                 winner Colonial Affair, and t994 Kentucky     nation df wfuiher the horsc qualifies for
                                                                                                 Derby winner Go for Gin, also found their    our selectsale or not."
                                                                                                 ownersin lhe Saralogasalesnng'                    Thoroushbreds that make the'select"
                                                                                                    According to Ms. Hooper, the thorough-     ranks rrelonsidered by Fasig-Tigton to
                                                                                                 breds makiic il into the auclion can al-      be rhe top young hmsesof the-year'Those
                                                                                                 readv  be coniidered winners, having had      that are sold in the preferred group 8re
                                                                                                 to m-eet rigorous set of crircria'
                                                                                                          a                                    considered very good, but haven't met
                                                                                                    "For a selected sale we begin with a       one or nrse ofth! selectgroup criteria'
                                                                                                 nomination process," she explained' "A            Though tlre majority of horscs rcld by
                                                                                                                                                                                             -
                                                                                                 oerson interested in selling will nominate    Fasil-iipton come from KentuckY
                                                                                                                                                -Itrai'o wiere rnostof lhe $oroughb'redsin
                                                                                                 his or her horse, in the casc of this sale'
                                                                                                 the deadline for nominations was last Feb.     this countrv live," Ms. Hooper explained
                                                                                                                                                - salcsen-tri6 can rtlally mnrc from all
                                                                                                  14, ard Opn each ptospoctive entry in the
                                                                                                  auction will be gradedby ia pedigree,.      .over, with Maryland and New York br€d-
                                                                                                                                                                   well represantcd.
                                                                                                    "If the horse mcets a certain pedigree . ers usualtybeilig
                                                                                                  standard,wc'll then go to the next step          fne vcirlingl in ttrir year'l salc will be-
                                                                                                  aoCinspect it."                               cin aniving ii Saratogirin latc luly' and
                                                                                                    Thotilh a horse without an extensive        L availablc fc buyers' inspcction four to
                                                                                                  ocdiseJ will sometimes win the big race       five days beforc the first night of tho auc-
                                                                                                  1tfts y."t'. Kentucky Derby and Preak-        tion is held.
                                                                                                  nesschimpion Silver{harm' among them                                    (contlru.l6potc    12)
                                                                                                  - in yearlingsales bloodlineof an an-
                                                                                                                      thc
                                                                                              _'ULY II' 1997.
                                                                          FLORAL PARK DTSPATCH




       SPrings
Saratoga
                                                    renerally   guesswhichhorses they'lllook
  "lt can get pretty spirited and it's al-                                    pedigrees they
                                                    il'iiist.hf,"t" arecertain
*""" olot-or firn," ivls' Hoopersaidof.the          seem like."
                                                    *w'ft"t to
                                   p'm' rn a
auition itself, which is held at E                             UuJ"tt arelookingat until lhey
''.F;lfr            xii*i,o*
      ii'"*l*::''ffi foro*pn                         ^.irJi" Lti"" at thc sale, essentially
                                                                              is    'l
                                                                                            a
                           those                     toot.'r u"ii"i"i on each horse' ptai:
          seating reserved
r,t"ic--#ttt                           -
iitr,'"i ot uti.n a iine of credit those
                         to make purchasesat the
                                                                       ltrq;
                                                    m;*fj:tlLl+:t':Iiilllll
*rl"*iii-ti"g                                       ii:il'it    ih; iattrer or the horse and his
 sale."shecontinued.
 "*itt"                                             r*"-ftiti..y. ftt"" below that is
                                                                                       the moth-
          .otin" followed at the auction is a
                                                    er of the horse and her race ntsorY'
                                                    -'           -."t
 .i.ot     o*, *itt about a thirdof the total           ;iro*,        o,'s imPortant is the
 ili;;        .i horses to be bid on being                                                 cata-
                                                     umount of bold black type on the
 6.ucht into tL tales ring eachnight' .
  -';.-;;;h
                   thoroughbredis brought into
                                     Collier de-
                                                                         lf#liT"if:
                                                     kig:f"""1l""n','J'"ffi   races'
                                                                         stakes
                         's
  "i",",-unnouna"r-Terrence basically                n"utiinshavewongraded
  *i[it     tlii rtott      @igree and               il;ffi;    bold tvP-' the moreimPres-
  oromoteslhe horse to the buyers'
  '';rli                                             sive the Pedigree."
                                                     -'rt
                      like to se€ some gmd bid-
            "rt"uv.
  dins." Ms. HooPersaid'
   -'Xi
                                                           ou*i rttJbulk of its remaining auc-
                                                     ri.i'*"ri"i"r" will tranirpire Kentucky
                                                                                   in                      If ilt-''ti,i'ffi illtiiii'"(d;afir'-'t'r''n'""'r:'w
                                                                                                   ",j"ST83"Sf
           auctione"i then takes over and be-
   eins to cotlect the escalatingoffers'
   "iiJJ         ii there's anY waY to tell who
           bid on particutarhorses'Ms' Hooper
                                                     lii ii'iitii"o
                                                                       Ht*lH#*.****vm"fiknf*y;m
                                                                     over thi balance of the

                                                     hrr:tr*r:l#Hiy#{:"ilr
    "ri;ha s"n"tlty, biddersdo fdl into types'
    oii rttut
    *;1t"
               ilpaneie, for inslance, tend lo
                                                      h#t of r*ing
                                                      i;iif rrt"
                                                                           to beheldat Belmoni
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                      By Daniel J. McCue
    A dozen horsesstood betweenBob Duncan, his crew of
three, and their first taste of breakfast. Already the early
morning sun had begun to flake the sandy loam thorough-
breds run upon at Belmont Park in Elmont.
    Beneath the barest dappteof cloud cover, their shirts al-
ready starting to show a day's worth of sweat, Duncan,
his son Dave, and his assistants,Mike McMullen and
Francisque Delpino, were trying to coax a recalcitrant fil-
ly through a practice starting gate at the track, her first leg
in a likely decade's    worth of racing.
     "C'mon girl," Duncan said,his tone a mixture of calm
and     insistance."Get in there."
     With a lurch - and a last persuasivepush - the two-
year-old filly, perhaps a month shy of her first race, en-
tered the gate and then, ever so slowly, is walked back out
of the gate again before being ridden away, onto the
 largestof Belmont'stwo practicetracks.
     For the next half-hour on this Friday, each of the horses
 gathered before Duncan undergoes a variation of the
 same ritual. Some, Iike the filly, literally have to be
pushed into the starting gate. Others are more or less
 easedinto place, McMullen and Delpino alternately lead-
 ing a racing future into the gate, and pausing to pet and
 pamperit with comfortingwords.
     Eventually finding himself with a few sparemornentson
 his hands- the combined action of the sun and the exer-
 cising horse's hooves on the sand making it necessaryfor
 an inigation crew to hold up the workout and add water to
 the earthentrack - Duncan, blond and sunburned,strolled
 acrossthe sandyestuarythatjuts out from one of its turns.        BREAKING FROM THE GATE with comprny fu onc of the lsst stagesof "Gote Schooling" ct Bclnont Perk. By the tlqe
      "Mind if I eat while we talk?" he asked as he un-           thls arttcle rppesrs, o week after this photogreph wrs tlken, it's likely that thesc thorcughbreds would have rppearcd in
 wrapped a bagel from a local deli.                               their lirst rrces.                                                                              Photoeby DanlelJ' McCue
    . Widely acknowledged as one of the best at his game,
 lifelong Elmont resident Bob Duncan is the St. Peter of
 Belmont Park. Like the hallowed keeper of the "Pearly
 Gates," Duncan keeps a record of each and every hopeful
 that comes his way, Mthout his approval - in racing par-
 lance being "okayed fmm tlrc gate" - a thoroughbred's
 career at the trslckcould be over before it even starts.
      "When horses come to be schooled at the gate, we're
 essentially looking at three different areas," Duncan ex-
 plained of the process. "First, we'rc looking at how the
 hone acts as he or she approachesand is loaded into the
  gate. Then, we look at how he or she acts in the gate. And
  finally, we look at how they break from the gate.
      "A failure in any one of these three areas," Duncan
  continued, "will keep them from racing,"
      While in Europe it is considered the norm for the
  horse's trainer to school them in the gate, in America a
  horse is trained and cared for by one handler, and
  schooled in breaking from the gate by somebody like
  Duncan, who's held his job at Belmont for the past 28
  yea$.
      In addition to teaching thoroughbredshow to cope with
  the rigors of the gate - "racing can be a traumatic expe-
  rience for horses." Duncan admits - the Elmont resident
  also serves as thc official starter for all of Belmont's
  races, nine on Wednesdaysthrough Fridays; l0 each on
  Saturday and Sunday.
      'Easy there, big fella," Duncan said after the horsesrc-
  tumed and a large brown colt showedsomehesitancyat the
  gate. Carefully coming up behind the animal, Duncan held
  both anns out at his side and begansnappinghis fingers.
      After some deliberation, and continued cajoling, the
  large horse moved through the gate and ambled away.
      "A lot of what we do here is body language," Duncan
  said later, explaining why he was snappinghis fingers be-
  hind this particular horse. "If you make what can be inter-
  preted as an aggresivemove towards them, horseswill
  tend to npve away from you and, as in this case, move
  into the ga!e,"                                                 BELMONT PARK'S BOB DITNCAN,who grervup rnd still
                                                                  rcsldesln Elmont, ls wldely acknowledged being among
                                                                                                          as
                                         (continued on page 17)   the bcstofhls pmfesslon                                        WHAT TEE HORSEs€cs he cnterstt€ strrting gste.
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   Though he's seen no difference, in all                                                                                                       before, the gate is a mighty strange look-
 his years at the track, in how quickly                                                                                                         ing apparatus,"Duncan said, giving the
 males and females adapt to the gate - on                                                                                                       colt a happy pat on the hind quarters.
 average iakesabout lO sessions
            it                       beforea                                                                                                    "Some, as we've talked about,have had a
                                  -
 horseis thoroughlyacclimated Duncan                                                                                                            traumatic experienceand are in need of
 said gender does play someihing of a role                                                                                                      having their confidencerestored,   and still
 in how'schoolingis approached.                                                                                                                 others arejust trying to avoid work."
    'fillies tend
                  to be a more hands-on ex-                                                                                                        Lazy race horses?
 perience," he said. "There's a bit more                                                                                                           "Not necessarily   lazy," Duncan said.
 coddling, and they seem to appreciate the                                                                                                      '"Ihe thing is, sometimes  horseswill suf-
 contact. Colts, on the other hand. tend to                                                                                                     fer a chmnic injury during their career and
 be more nippy. You have to try and ignore                                                                                                      it will hurt to run, or they might get hurt
 their playfulness,and they don't like you                                                                                                      in the gate at the start of a race, and
 to be up around their heads.                                                                                                                   thoughtheir trainer will identify the prob-
    "Of course,this is all generalities. the
                                       In                                                                                                       lem and correctit, the horsewill still think
 end, each horse has to be dealt with in a                                                                                                      about that injury and still belicve thcy
 very specific mannerdue to their individ-                                                                                                      haveit.
 ual personalities experience."
                    and                                                                                                                            "That's another reasonyou'll see us
    "Ga!e schooling," as the processDuncan                                                                                                      backing a horse ever-so-gingerly out of
 conductsis called.is held from 7 to 9 a.m.                                                                                                     the gate. We want them to know that not
 every race day. On the typical morning,                                                                                                        evefy visit lo the startinggate is going to
 the teacher and his first assistant,Richard                                                                                                    involve physical exertion, and that noth-
 Bfosseau.each see between30 and 40                                                                                                             ing traumaticis going to happento them
 hones at two different starting gates.                                                                                                         every time the door slamsopen."
    "Last Wednesdaywas panicularly busy,                                                                                                           For every horse ihat comes to gate
 unusuallyso, with about 140 horsescom-                                                                                                         school in the morning, Duncan makes an
 ing to the gates,"Duncansaid. "Far more            THE MOST IMPORTAI{T TEING, os ir the 6se wlth this fitly, is to sooth the animal and
                                                    tqf to get them to |tlax u much rs lmible u they enter the gate.                            entry into a plain spiral notebook.At the
 standard is for us to see about 75 horses                                                                                                      end ofeach session, transfers
                                                                                                                                                                      he          that nota-




'GENTLE PERSUASION' ot the
                                        Srtc        ...AS MOST. Tf,OROUGEBREDS        reslst inltlal rttempas to get them Inio the schooling    ...OCCASIONALLY,  thrt'purh'               b Dorc of
sometlmes   mstr! hrving to givc r .Etudent'        gate....                                                                                    a firemen'scsrry.
r llttle push...
                                                                                                                                                 tion into a large,masterbook.
  betweenus on a given morning."                                                                                                                    '"Tenvisits is the low
                                                                                                                                                                                average     of'gradu-
     About half the hones come to Duncan                                                                                                         ates,'but somehorsesneed 15 or 20 visits
  with some gate schoolingexperience,        ei-                                                                                                 before they get 'okayed for the gale."'
  ther having been introduced to it at a                                                                                                         Duncansaidas he madeanotherentry into
  training facility or at the farm where                                                                                                         his log. 'And we had one filly that took a
  they've been reared. A significant per-                                                                                                        week just to get the ltl0 yards or so fiom
 centage of the horses Duncan seeson any                                                                                                         the track to the gate school, so the arnount
 given day are also ihose undergoing       some                                                                                                 of time it takes to go from a horse in
 kind of rehabilitation. either from an in-                                                                                                     training to a horse in competition really
jury suffered while racing or actually in-
                                                                                                                                                varies.
 curredwhile in a gate.
                                                                                                                                                    "Of course, thal puts the horse's full-
     "Injuries are pretty common," Duncan
                                                                                                                                                time trainer in a hard place because,quite
 said of the latter group. "And that goes for
                                                                                                                                                naturally, owners start pressuring them,
 the humansinvolved too. In addition to
                                                                                                                                                asking when they'll srart getting a return
 the crew I have here and the crew that
                                                                                                                                                on their investrnent.
 works with Richard in the morning, I have                                                                                                         '"The bottom
                                                                                                                                                                    Iine though is, we're all
  13 regular assistantswho work only the
                                                                                                                                                working for the samething We want exact-
 starting gate for races,and let me tell you,
                                                                                                                                                ly what the trainer wants, what thejockey
 thereis a high rateof injurieson thejob."
                                                                                                                                                wants, and what the bettor wants. we want
    What kind of injuries?
    "There are a lot of back iniuries, fel-                                                                                                     lo produce the bestresultspossible."
                                                                                                                                                   Though he runs gate schools year
 lows get kicked by horsesand that kind of         AI'IER SUCCESSFULLYGETIING A HORSE into the gote, aheexercisertder snd Drve                 round, relocatingto Aqueduct when Bel-
thing," Duncan continued. "After all.              Duncan,Bob's son,glve ahlscolt someaddltlonal tcnder encbumgement.
 we'rc talking about a prctty confined rca                                                                          Bob l)unen, mean-           mont's fall race schedule done, Duncan
                                                                                                                                                                                  is
                                                   while, mk6 note of th€ thoroughbred'sprcgr€ss.                                               said the summenimereally is the best of
that we're working in. It's only 28 inches
                                                                                                                                               times for his particular brand of training.
wide and we're placing a 1,000 pound               then eachtime they come back, we'll ask      particularly wary young colt. After a few
horse in lhere and they bounce around                                                                                                              "In the winter I think the qualiry of rhe
                                                   a little more of them until they know what   moments,the horse locking its front legs       h o r s e s w e s e e d e c l i n e sa b i t . I t h i n k
pretty good. It's a real contact sport for         to do when the gateswingsopen.               in a rigid position of resistance,Duncan       they're a bit more fractious,the surfaceis
everyoneinvolved."                                    "It takes a little while to ger rhem to   and McMullen gather behind the animal          a bit more 'cuppy' or slippery, and they
    Before being brought to the schooling          know they're supposedto react when the       and grasp it in a kind of firemen's carry.
gate, Duncan consults with the horse's                                                                                                         don't spend much time out of the slable,
                                                   gate opens,and then, once they under-        The closer they get to the gate, the more      so they're quite a bit lessrelaxed.
lraingr and exercise rider, ascertaining the       stand that, we try to team them with a       that cany becomesa full-throttled push.            "The thing is, no mailer what time of
level of experienceand generaldemeanor.            horseor horsesof similar skill to practice   After severalminutes of tfiis, the lhor-       year, I still love what I do, I love the hors-
    "With that, really, the horse is put in our    breakingfrom the gatewith competition.',     oughbredfinally relentsand spends quiet
                                                                                                                                   a
hands," Duncan said. "We'll sran by jusr                                                                                                       es. I love to touchthem. ljust love to han-
                                                     As Duncan spoke, McMullen and              few moments the confinesof the gate,
                                                                                                              in                               dle them and feel I'm teaching
walking the horse through the gate and             Delpina were having a hard time with a         '"Ib the                                                                             them some-
                                                                                                           ones that have never been here      thing vital to their careers,"Duncansaid.
  Tun wnsrBURY
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  TheJockey's
            Life
                     By Daniel J. McCue
  . With the temperaturehovering at 9O degreesand the
  humidily maki_ng air appearas thick as Euner,Jockey
                    rhe
  Jorge Chavez looked at the horsesgathered before him in
  the paddock and ponderedtheir shareddiscomfort.
    "When the weathergets like this, it's hard on us, but I
  feel especiallybad about the horses,"he said as he stood
  beneatha tall shadetree awaiting his next ride. ."There's
 just nothingyou can do."
    Chavez'swords, though sincere,were accompanied         by
  a bit of unintended imny. While he and his fellow jockeyi
                                      -
  in the third race last Wednesday Chris eniliy, fiit
 Teator,Mike Smith, and Chris DeCarlo - all had to trv
  and.stay cool while attired in riding boors,paOOeO   pans,
 a rib pmtector, jacket and helmet (not to mention under-
 gatments), their horses were carefully pamperedby a ret-
 inue of handlers whose job it was to lieep them comfort-
 able and fresh.
    'Okay
            Jorge,let's go," said the assistant
                                              trainer of On
 The Tree Top, the three-year-old filly he was to ride in the
 upcoming six furlong race (about three-quarters a       of
 mile).
    Just as his horse, followed by Stylish Encore, How
 About Now, Doublerose and Sunshine Janie reached the
 tunnel that connectsthe paddock area to the race track
 proper, a bugler's fanfare blared. Within minutes the
 4'19" 4l Franklin Squareresidenrand those compering
 againsthim would be barrelingaroundthe track as iast as         JORGE Cf,AVEZ,          one of Belmont Park's busiest ond moct popular jockeys, ewaits his next ride in the shede of r hr€ in th€
 their mountscould takethem.                                     paddock area.                                                                                         photc by Daniel J, McCue
    Becauseof the nature of the sport, where a particular
 horse may run once every two weeks and the big name                   "The only way to really idcnrify wirh it - heck, rhe
 animalsare alwaysthe most transient.it is most often the          only way to learnto ride the racesat all - is to ride them.
                                                                   To me, a goodjockey is very athletic,very brave,doesn't
                                                                   worry too much about getting hurt, and has to be ready
                                                                   everyday to come out and perform. Becausewe dontt
                                                                   havea-setseason in other sports.We raceall year.
                                                                                              as
                                                                   - "I often say,I don't have a job; I have a way of life,"
                                                                   Migliore added.
                                                                      l..ike the vast majority of her colleagues,                 Jockey Diane
                                                                  Nelson's desire to pursueher professiongrew out of an
                                                                  a f f i n i t y s h e f e l t f o r h o r s e s .A t 5 ' 6 " , h o w e v e r . t h e
                                                                  Rockville Ceritrenative who now residesin Woodbury is
                                                                  on the tall side for a jockey, a fact of her life she once
                                                                  fearedwould keepher out ofracing.
                                                                      "l ryulty did worry, initially, that I mighr be too big ro
                                                                  do this,,but while I did get tall, relatively speaking, nev-          - I
                                                                  er got heavy...       and that madeall the difference.',
                                                                     '"This
                                                                                 is somethingI wantedto do my whole life," she
                                                                  confided,"I love to ride and couldn't standthe thoughtof
                                                                  not doing it and not working with the horses."
                                                                     That passionled Nelson to seek work on a number of
                                                                  horse farms in Florid4 which in turn led to hcr meetins
                                                                  training Dom lrnperio. It was Imperio who asked her t5
                                                                  ride her first professional           racein 1986.
                                                                     Since then, in hore than 7,900 career starts. she's                                 CHRIS ANTLEY aboard the Nlck Zitetralned Sunshine
                                                                  placed either win,'place or show nearly 3,000 limes.                                   Janiq
                                                                  Among the highlights of her career are six stakeswins
                                                                  aboard the New York-bred mare Lottsa Talc in 1995. and                                 alternoonon this day.
                                                                  sevenwins in a row aboardBoom Townerin l99l-92.                                           As-sometimeshappens,the jockey's race day got off
                                                                     ln i987, her first full year as an apprcntice                  jockey, she          to a fast start, with a ride in the first, but it would be al-
                                                                  won 209 races,placing her secondin wins amongwbmen                                     most two-and-a-half hours before her next ride. in the
                                                                jockeys that year.In 1991,she was the third leadi-ne                       wom-          ninth.Shespends "$parelime" watchingmosl of the
                                                                                                                                                                              rhe
                                                                 enjockey over all, capturingpursestotalling gl,g74,g43.                                day's.races, lingering over lunch, and watahing a little
                                                                    Still, she.said. enjoying successas alockey never                                   television.
                                                                 meanshangingyour hat in one place for very long.                                          One of the most productiveways to passthe time, is to
                                                                 . "The thin€ about being a joikey is you-ncve-r                          get sel       pour over the racefan's bible, The Daily RacingForm.
                                                                 lnto an ordinary routine," she explained.                       ..We all
                                                                                                                                            have        _ "If you know how to read it, it tells you a loi about the
                                                                 agentsand that helpsus get work, but beyondthat, you're                                horses that run here. Particularly important is seeing how
                                                                constandy          trying to promoteyourself.                                           different horsesrun over the course of the race. ihere
                                                                    '"That's
                                                                                   why I come in to help work the horse everv                           they were in relation to the pack at eachpoint in the race,
                                                                moming, severalhoursbefore the race day begins.That's                                   how last.theymoved,and how they finished."
                                                                how you can get to know the owners and rainers and de-                                     Just as Nelson'slunch arrived and she disappeared         into
                                                                velop a rapportwith them.
                                                                '                                                                                       the ladyjockeys' room, JorgeChavez,a native of Cailao,
                                                                    "Ihe one constantin lhis business if you're winnineis,                             Peru,-walked     into the loungeafter winning his second
                                                                lots of races,they all want you. It's far more comrnonl                                race of the dav.
                                                                however,to ride different horsesall year long, and to ride                                 "Get him iomething ro cool him off," rhe Clerk of
                                                                for differentownersall the time,"                                                      Weights said when he saw how overheatedthe jockey
                                                                    As Nelson spoke, she was seatedin a small cafeteria                                was. The other jockey's who'd ridden in the lait race
                                                                one floor beneath the grandstand,off the nondescripthall- o also made thei_rway lo the jockey room, throwing off
                                                                way that leadsto the jockey's lounge.lunch serviie, and                                the_owners'colors they'd worn as they headedinto the
DIANE NEISON, who in addition to belnga winning                 dressingrooms. It's a comfortablespace,as utilitarian                                  locker room.
                                                Jockey
is rcpresented the Ford Modellng Ageniy.
              by                                                comfort goes,and it is whereNelsonwill passmostof her
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           Jockgy's            Life        Gon'inwdtrcmsportEpase)
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                                                                                                                                                                           h from the lerd)' wer€ Ju3tone
                                                      of thre    vlslts to the wlnner's cirtle on   J(rcKEY RICHARD MIGLIORI                                    test i'riaeyt tenitying.rnd rrln{osk€d
                                                                                                    of rhe entri$ who ran betwen rui "l.-g iiril ii,tili            tbis picture' had rll run for oven
 July 16. Thls timc eboard On The lhee Top'                                                         fourth rsce.The sp*rtto* ,o"un*'iilt"l""t r *n"oti-t
                                                                                                                                                         the same time, You can also tell how a
                                                                                                         A few of the jockey's stoppcdand clus-
                                                                                                                        a ieleviiion sei at one end of   irorse feets aboui that surface' lf the horse
                                                                                                    tere,Jatound
                                                                                                                      to watch a replay of the race      doesn'tlike what you're making him.race
                                                                                                    the room,                                                                                         ".
                                                                                                                               in                        on. tre't iust not g6ing to go very fast
                                                                                                                                                         --iiie
                                                                                                     theyjust competed
                                                                                                          ;rhev like-to see what they ditl right'                  N"tson, dhavez said he's a habitu-
                                                                                                     whai ttrly oiA wrong, and what-kindof ex-           at reaOerof the racing form, which helps
                                                                                                                                                          him to fisure out his strategyfor the next
                                                                                                     cuselhey have."laughedone otserver'
                                                                                                     --ittuu6t
                                                                                                                      then tool a seat.Catoraid in        n"". n"f;"d with all this iniormation,he's
                                                                                                                                                          u*ur us"in, heading toward the paddock'
                                                                                                     tranO. rnemUteNelsonhadjust vacated'
                                                                                                               at
                                                                                                                                                          *n"ie 6t"ne.s and trainers are always on
                                                                                                          "I ind beenracing in Peru for about lhree
                                                                                                                                                          hand to lend their insights to his effort'
                                                                                                      vearsbefore I camelo America, and funnily           T;i ieuriv don't riind their input"'
                                                                                                      6noueh.I had only cornehere,actually'-to
                                                                                                                                                  said'   Chavez saih. "After all, it's their invest-
                                                                                                      t,t-i-rfi1,'no.iau. vacation."Chavez
                                                                                                                            on
                                                                                                      'While here though, a friend asked me to            .tnt-ofrnon"Y or dme or energY'And
                                                                                                      riJ" a fe* ra"es itd I won.        That's when I    trainersare usually very good at mapplng
                                                                                                                                      and when I saw      out an overall strategY.
                                                                                                                                                           -;itte
                                                                                                      e;t mv fitst check here,
                                                                                                                                                                       ttring is, duiing the course of a
                                                                                                      f,ow b'ig ir was - especiallygompar{-lg
                                                                                                      i'fr"          . in my  country - | fi-guredI d      race. anythiirg can happen' And that's
                                                                                                                                                           *tt"n attite iiformation I've acquircdre-
                                                                                                       b"n"t truy.whaiis to be,is to be. I guess'"
                                                                                                             "ttdt
                                                                                                                                                                              important."
                                                                                                           In more than      12,972cateerstartsslnce'      allY becomes
                                                                                                                                                           -
                                                                                                                                                              ln tot of important information is shared
                                                                                                       Chavez has finished at or near the head of
                                                                                                                                                           before a race,"'Diane Nelson agreed' "You
                                                                                                       ift" pu"t 5,556 times' He is also one of
                                                                                                       onlv tlree iockeys to win five raceson a            tulk to th" riders back at the bam and thel
                                                                                                                                                                            'Be careful' this horse doesn't
                                                                                                       sinite daithis year. The other two are              .intti tuv.
     AFTER TtrE THIRD RACE Wednedrn e                                                                               Migliore and Chris Antley'             iir.E rc iit'tio".' The trainer will come inlo
                                                   WINNER OF TIIE SIX turlong third rrce'              Ric-hard
                                                                                                                                                            rhe paddock and have something to say
     DonDirlncMlke Smith wdgb ln to showthat       Joree Chrvez, wents nothing morc lhan o                  "When ii's hot like this. you have to
     tls i"t$,-Styli"h nncotc dH indeedcarry tho                                                       watch that vou don't get dehydratedand               about how the horse is acting that particu-
                                                   *l"atnt     h" -d€rgcs the Ermerituol'
     rdvcrtisedwetghtof U6 poundqfor ouncer                 ""                                          reii *tren you can," h! said "While I'm             iar Aax anOyou have to factor all that in-
                                                                                                        down here I'll watch some of the other              formation into Yourstmtegy.
                                                                                                                                                            --;'rhoroushbied
                                                                                                                                                                                   horse iacing really is a
                                                                                                        races, watch the condition of each course'
                                                                                                        see how they're running...        and basically,    demandin! sport, both physically and
                                                                                                        I'll iust watch to learn' Because     you never      mentally. You have to be on your game
                                                                                                        stof learning,      no matter wh.oold you are        sevendays a week, You have to stay Io-
                                                                                                                                      get'                            uni in            to all the other vari-
                                                                                                        or how exPerienced        You                                          "AOitioi
                                                                                                                                                             "u."J.we have to deal with, our show goes-
                                                                                                             "For   initance," he said' gesturingto-         ables
                                                                                                         ward the television monitor. "Say the race          on no *utt"t what. We ride in all kinds of
                                                                                                         is beingrun on the grass.Now, lor starters weathef,"
                                                                                                                  i". that it's tfaster surfacethan the                               kontinucd on ncn rygc)
                                                                                                         "ou;llan<tthe turns are a little sharp€r' At
                                                                                                         iurf.




                                                                                                                                                                   rusb out to 3el their
                                                                head bock to tbelr drcsirg mom es       h$'IEDIATELY AFTER their rorking run In the fourtb' troomt
      @RIGUEZ                                                                                           cheryerlnrldc In r hurrY.
                                                                                                     TIMES -JULY 24, 1997
                                                                                          THE WESTBURY
          . That Nelson was far from exaggerating                       problemi someone'sin trouble. Nobodv
          becameresoundinglyclear just iri,o davi                       cries wolf," Nelsonsaid.
          later,.onFriday.After four daysof oppres_                       And so what you see and hear are the
         sive heat,a line of violent thundersiorms, only things
                                                                                       that can keep you out of trou-
         packingdeadly lighrningand winds rhai                         ble. But, said Jorge ChavLz,you have to
         gusted to 60 miles per hour, rolled
                                                                       balancewhat you hear with a sense lhe     of
         ttrfough the arca at mid-afternoon.                           otherjockeys' competitiveedge.
                  sudden appearance the storms, of
            .The
         whlch turned the sky a deep and threaten_ or th€                -"When I'm racing, l.m veiy conscious
                                                                                horse to my left or my right, and I
         lng gray, camejust as six horseswere be-                      want to wln, no malter how. That's how
         ing saddled in the paddock before the
                                                                                   are. Ir's very comperirive,"he
         mlle-and-one-eighthfourth race. Hoping                        "ll tf tt
                                                                       said. "Given that, y,ou might hear a jockey
        the ra-in,    falling shonly in sheets,           wbull        yell, 'I can't control my horse.'
        qutct(ly pass, the track announcerpassed                          "But you've got to iook and see what's
        o.nword that therc would be a delay. When                     going on," Chavezsmiles,..Because
        the thunder clouds seemedonly to intensi_                                                                   ev_
                                                                      erybody likes ro win."
        fy, a secondannouncement              came: the hon_              Becauseof the competitivenatureof
        es.would.proceeddirectty to the starting                        _
                                                                      the sport, Migliore said that sometimes
        gate and the race would get underway. Ai                      tempersflair. "Ir's only natural,I guess."
        tney emerged from ihe tunnel and ran onto                     he said. "I mean, I spend as muc-htime
        the.turf,lighhing struckthe groundin sev_ *!Lh .y
                                                                                   fellow.competitorsas I spend
       eral tocattons       aroundthe tmck's perimcter.               with my family in any given week...and
         .  Larer, Richard Migliori, whb rode in                      it's really fierce competition.So some_
       mat race,recalledwhat it was like.                                                        -                         A JAUNTY Mike Smlth looks on as John
                                                                      times it gets heated.
         _ "Oh, it was scary,there.sno doubt about                       "It's like, whal vould happenif you               Valrzquez onsults wlth with his next ride'c
       liat," he said...Ir alwaysis with lightning.                  sent lwo opposinghockey teams back to                 tnin€n                                                       JTJLIO PEZUA ABOURD GEORGE G(L).
       ano In l}le staiing ga!e, to be honestwith                    the sam€..dressing
       you. my horsewaspretty spooked.                                                         room after a game?
                                                                     They'd kill each other, right? Bur-in our
            "To counleracl that and settle him                       Duslness, morc like two old dogs, ini_
                                                                                  ll's
       down, the assistant         trainer,who was in the            dally rhey.mighr get inro fighrsand'ih; in_
       gate with us, and I, talked ro him verv                       cilnatton rs 10 separate
       calmly, patted him a little, and tried not t6                                               them... but if you
                                                                     Iet them chew on each other for six
       make any quick moves that would further                       months,they'll learnto get along.
      upsetthe horse.                                                    "The main thing is, onlce    you get m net_
        . "Y-oyrcally havelo keepyour own fe€, in                    mont-as ajockey, you've reacheda very
      checkin that situation,..         Migliore conrinued. high level in this sport and everybodyre-_
      "Ith like an airline pilot flying into a bad                   spects   that. We all put our lives on thi line
      storm. He doesn'tcomeon the intercomand                       everyday in a very dangerousgame and
      say, 'Oh [heck], I'm scared.'He tries to set-                  we a|| respect     eachother for that."
      tle-everybody       down. Samething here.                         Jorge Chavez said its best to save the
           "Once the gate opened,riding the actual                  competitivefire for tlr track. .1)nce I'm out
      race wasn't that bad. The visibility was                      there," he explained,,.tlrre's only one enti-
     okay, and it was.justlike riding on any                        ty, you and your horse. But afterwards.it's
     omer soggytrack."                                              all mosil.y friendly. We talk and taugh and
           Evenwith the tiehtnine?                                  play cards.You haveto put the rest as-ide
           "Wett, yeah," Migtiorj said. ..you have                                                                for
                                                                    the two minutesyou're on the track."
     lo look at it this way, if you did get srruck                             hardesr part of the job, said
     Dy ttghtning,         you'd neverknow what hit                 - _The
                                                                    Migliore, actuatlycomesnow,ajthe racine              BETWEEN RACES,EELMOM'S.JOCKEYS pasr the time rrrtching
     you. So you just have to settledown and                        seasonswitches from home and Belmoni                                                                                                      television,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        playing
     concentrale the taskat hand."
                       on                                                                                                table tennisor billiards, or read in tht, ,." -o. ii tfre i"cililvt t"lnr"o"
                                                                    andrnove_s_   upstateto SaratogaSprings.
       _Beforc a more typical race,undersunnv                           "For all the demandsthe irofEssion               to attenda lot of racingrelatcdfunctions               af_
     skies,a jockey is just hoping that he's got                                                                                                                                      ternity when he talked about the over-
                                                                   puts on you, Saratoga tough.First of all,
                                                                                               is                       ter hours.It's alsomuch morc politicalthan
     a good horse beneathhim as rhey tp_                                                                                                                                              archingsatisfaction the iob.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of
                                                                   I llve only a mile from Belmont, so I go             the Belmont season.         because of the own_
                                                                                                                                                                 a[                      "I love what I do," he-said..I'm verv
     proach the startiu eate.                                      from a five minute commuteto havingio
         'Basically,                                                                                                    enl come up and you have a lot morc con_                      happy,and while winning is the mosr sai-
                        whalyiu'rc asking the animal               bring my wife and my children upsrare lact with the peopteyou actuallywork for
     o do is go in tlre gate,breakwell-,and go the                                                                                                                                    isfying.thing in the world, I'm happy no
                                                                   and having to rent a house.And while for             lhanyou do whenyou ride at Belrnont."                         mtttef how well a racesoes.
    dislance," Diane Nelson said. ..If th--ey're them it's
                                                                                 a summer in the Adirondacks,               Despitethe demands            ofthe iob. the fre_           "Being a jockey has-broughtbe more
     $ryd nronertf, rhen riding a race is i lot                    for me, I'm in a situationwhere I have to            quent injuries, and the somitimes vou                         successlh_an ever expected.I'm doing
    xxe rncreasingthe tensionon a rubber band.                     work just as hard if not harder.                                                                                                 I
                                                                                                                        win, sometimes         you lose natureof thor-               just what I want to do and that makesmE
     You'rejusl pulling that rubber band back as                       'The
                                                                              six weeksat Saralogaare very com-         o u g h b r e dh o r s e r a c i n g , J o r g e C h a v e z the happiest I've ever been in my life,"
    tar as you can, and then lecing it go.                         petitive, and as a jockey I'h atso ex-pected summedup the feelingsof thejockey fra_
        '"Ihe question                                                                                                                                                               Chavezsaid.
                              you have 6 as.-k       yourself
                                .How
    ls you do this is,                   much hoise do I
    have?'-Beca-use           regardlessof the horse,
   they all only have so much in them.
    rnere s onty so much in the tank. And if
   you don'l time it right, then you can wind
   up making a big move and then suddenly,
   you're done."
       During a race, ..you're looking at ev-
   l{}!hine g9!ng on around you-," said
   Richard Migliore, who in 1d,656starts
   has ridden win, place or show 2,275
   limes. "People think you're mosl often
                 s r r a i g h ra h € a d ,b u t i n r e a l i t y
  loolQng
  you're.relyingon a lot of peripheralvi-
  sion,.clocking the hors€sarouni you and
  keepingarack &eir moves."
                        of
      lt's a.skitl that really cari't be learned,
  .,
  the     jockey said. Rather,it's instinctive.
  'The
             ability to do that is what makesyou
 a goodjockey, a bad jockey, or someone
             s
 - w - h o .h o u l d n ' t b e a j o c k e y a t a l l , "
 Migliore said. ..you havi to be-sharpand
 you.have to be able !o processthar infor_
 matlon very quickly."
     And you haveto listen to what your fel-
 ,
 row Joct(eys        are.saying,     differentiatingthe
occasion-allrash talk from signals irom
omerJoct(eys.
     "Everybody re-_
             tuhe.gaqCeJ whar we're doing, so
                             of
.spIts
rl   you.suddenlyhear a Iot of yelling,iLen
that almost always means there's-i real
                                                                                           JOCKEYJOE BRAVO and h* horse,Bill, n"
                                                                                                         s SPORTS
                        Mee!
LocalResidents of Saratoga
            Stars     BY Drnlel J. McCuc
     Ontv rhree-and-a-half     hours north of its sisler track'
Bci#nt Park in Etnrcnt, thc SaratogaRace Coursc is a
world unto itsclf - rlthough it'r orrc with long lcal toots
rirht hcre ln Nrssau ContY.
---il
                whcn anyone ialks about Saratoga'thc first
thing-they always nlntion is lhe tradition." srid trainer
          "u.ss
Timo0y Kelly, of Carlc Place.
     tnnj,'rr,af i 6ink the thing t'm most conscious is    of
lhe closc-knil ties rmong cveryone here..' it's the-one
tirnc of Yearwhen the ownersand cvcryoncelseinvolvcd
in racin! thomughbrcdsin New York all come together in
onc Dlace.
     -At onc., it's really something,  and very. vcry unique'''
Kellv continued.
     Orranizcd racing in SaratogaSprings, New York dates
 back-ro SarurdanAugusr 14. t847, when five thousand
converqcd on thc rrcrrtrack in town and saw an old gray
 marc rinrcd t ady Suffolk- thought to be the inspiration
 for the children's nurscry song - swoep a scncs ol onc
 milc hcaB.
     Thorourhbrcd rlcing 8t thc site beganjusl over a
 month lrri, on Scprem*r 16, 1847' when a horsc called
 bdy Digby ran ori the track rnd equalled t:dy Sulfolk's
 fcat
      Thc horses have been running rl Saratogain the
 summcrtimccver since,.         lnd thouSh lhe ensuing l50
 ycars have not passcdwithout a cerlsin meosureol
 ihrngc, somcthing rbout cvery moYe.you malc.in
 SarsloS! instantly puts you in touch witn lne stones
 I,tsl.
 '
      For instence, thc ciginal lrek hss been prcservcd and
 is now thc Oklshomtttaining treck, while the "ncw"
 gruaguA         bcrted rross lhc str€et from the old rrck'
 f,as becn wehoming spoctatorssinco 1864.
      So orestirious is rhi 16 day mccr, which beganon July
 23, nins th-mughScptembei l, and is now in its l29th
  vear. ihat in formulatinr it, Fcing SccretaryHowlrd Bst-
  itc had ro wadc rhroug[ applicatibnr from morc than 180
  irainers, who all told, hCd 2,?00 horsescompeting for
   1,655sulls.
      With rhrt kind of comPetition cvcn before the first
  surting gatc slamnrcdopcn, prefcrencchad to bc given-b
  tnineri itro nor only run horseswith regulariry, blt who
  had brscs ftrt could competcon rrcing's top level-
      'tl'3 much morc hcctic than rrcing down at Belmonl'
  and if rnything, morc competilivc," said traincr Phil
  ,ohnson. 6t nocfvinc C.cntrc,who wrs inductcd into thc
   Nrtiond Muscum of Racing's Hall of Fame earlier this
   non|h.
      'This is thc pcrt nrccting for tlroroughbred racing i1
   Ncw Yott. tleck, it's ttr pe* mcting of thorcughbrod
   rring fc thc cnlirc country," hc sell
       Fd SratoSe Springs itsclf, thc mnual m€et ha! a plc
   found clfcct on thc locd economy,thc year-roundpopula-
   tion of 25.(n0 swclling o rmre than four tioFs that by
   Irtc AuSusl, when th lm's prcmic(€ r.ce, the Travcrs
   Stalcr. ir ntn,
       Lonr bcforc thcn,'no vacancy"sitns will havc hung                                                                        TnAINER PEIL JOnNSONTcf Boclvllh C.rttt' ilottr
   for wikl outside arca hotel! rrd ncighborlrood bcd lttd                                                                      hcra lo thc v|[n.r" clrctc tltb 3rrnddra3htcr Errr
   brcrkfastr. the wril for iabl$ 8t ncarby restrurents            TRAINER TIM KELLY, of Crrlc PLct, lorc. Srrrtoi' but         Broctwen rrr hduclcd ldo hasrln!'r    Ed ol Frlc b
   triplcd, urd cvcn tlre local tclcvision wcather forecrst will   k rnrlour io 3ct bccl lroorcto la4 blrnd.                    Srntoge ln crrlhr thF dodL
   havc lrkcn on a rring llavor.
       Fc crrmplc. Friday night's dinncr'hour forecsst on the
                                                        'Brcak-    just at Belmont and Srratogr, but dso lt lhe Aqucduct        to have r drcss code for ccrtain rcctions of thc frility
   lcal For afiiliatc was givcn for tlncc day parts:                                                                            (men, onc quickly lerrm, b6l wltr jrkeB for rcss o
                                                                   racc rrck in Queens.
   f!3t !t Slntogr- (rmning weathct conditions); "At Post             'The wholstown b slrrr n'ftile we'rc up hcre. Every       Ell quartcrs. while womcn rc ht3ply crPoctld lo wcr
   Itrnc," (0rc aflcrnoon pedictionr); md "Counling Your                                                                        dr€sscs,skiru or panls suil!).
                                                                    advcrtiscmcnt you hcar or rcad has some menlion of rac-
   Winnings," (tlr cvcoing weatlF).
                                                                    in8 in it... ani cverywhcrc you go people are talking         Wtrai ir att cotircs down o In thc end, howcvcr. is thc
       Furti-cr undcrscoring thc conncction belween thc             about cvcnts at thc rack."                                  thomughbrcdswho run m thc mite-andone+ighth rrl
    town rid thc rlces. lhc report w.s done live by q meg-            "ln addition to 0u[" h€ added"lou're dealing with the     cvcry afternoonbut TitcsdaY.
   orologist from the local iestaurrnt district, which' he
            -wu                                                                                                                   Tliat said, lhc bcst w.y io crpedence tlrosc dhletcs is
                                                                    very bcst horscsin the countrY."
    srid,       stcadily filling up with spcctators from the                                                                    durinc thcir caininr run in thc csly mominSmi3t.
                                                                                                                                   'Tiafs it; brby.bood
    trecL.
                                                                   tn The Early Morning Mist                                                                 Strl,'raid r training ridcr.aslrc
       hojection figurcr compiled by thc SaralogaCiambcr                                                                        guidcd a filiy ar6unO rcf rMly aftcr t a.m' in the
                                                                                                                                                        rtrc
    of commcrcc for lrsl year'r mccl pul eslimatcdlounsl             tn just aboulcvery way, the SaralogrRaccCourseis a
                                                                                                                                morning.
    rcvenucr fc August at 310.5 million - roughly 2,5per-          studi in dichotomy.lt is rl oncepeftaps onc of the most        ttrouitr it's early, 0rc trrt hc bccn btrsy for hours rl-
    ceot of thc arcei torrirm-gencretcd income for thc cn'         dcmbra$c of plaics -- i lrcnuc wherc the rversSe Bob         rcadv.ai rnincrs Gd tiddr pllt rh.h chergesthtough erly
 rire yer.                                                         rnd Lucindaori vrcadoncan rub clbowswith somcof the
                                                                                                                                 morning workotrs in antlcipetim of thc &y's ooltpalition'
    ficrc.r no OouUr  Sout il. SstbSt is thehighlightof            biggcat phycrl in thc gemc - rnd, ai th€ sanc time, trc
 ilr yer. notonly fc rring, but fc Ut larl emnomy    u             most clhist.                                                                                     (c6tinc.l6   ''|gca ordtt
 wcli,^ ltid Elnurt'r Bob Duncan. oflicial stulcr llol
                                   thc                               It's as rtlued as r frmily picnic' and yet formal cnough
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                                                          Hundredsof track personnelarc in con-       And They're Off...
                                                       stantmotion by this time, while hundrcds         By noon, an hour bcforc post line, the
                                                       of rrc fans have alrcady begun convcrg-        entire racing complcx had takcn on wbtt
                                                       ing on the rrch cslablishing their hold on                                       -slrtc f.i/
                                                                                                      most psrticipmB ddcribe as a
                                                       sectionsof the picnic area, or walching        atrnospherc,and thc gnrdstand, which is
                                                       thc morning workout ovcr a breakfast           cooted by coiling frns, was filled with
                                                       scrved in thc grandstand.                      more than 20,(ffi spoctaton.
                                                          On one rccent morning over at bam 80,         Before thc third racc of thc day, Bob
                                                       wherc Phil Johnson is subling 24 horses        Duncanarrivcd outsidc thcjockcy's offtcc
                                                       this summer. and wherc his ncighbors in-       to cscort two rpportcrs to thc starting gatc,
                                                       clude supersur trainers D. Wayne Lukas         locsted. for this race. clear on thc otlrcr
                                                       and Nick    Zito, a bleksmith named"Bob
                                                                                                      side of the trsck.
                                                       by," was shoeirigonc of thc lrainer's con-
                                                                                                        Essentially,givan thc tinrc betwccn crh
                                                       tcnders.
                                                                                                      race,therc arc tu,o wsys to 8et lo thc gatct
                                                          "We havc to change shoes aboul every
                                                                                                      location.The firu is to ridc in a vu round
                                                       30 drys, and Bobby's really a lremen-
   Icwn Pcrk ar Lido                                   dously talentedindividual," Johnsonsaid
                                                       later.
                                                                                                      the pcrimcter of the trrk. Thc othcr in-
                                                                                                      volves walking rmss thc main tfrk rnd
                                                                                                    . two smallcr iurf trrk that lie insk c it.
                                                          Thc enlirc process,   including rcmoving
                                                       the old ihoes, clealing and filing down           Duncan asked if Orcrcporters wouldn't
                                                                                                                    thc lrttcr, which turned out lo
                                                       thc bone, and installing new shoes to all - mind uking
                                                                                                      involvc walking rcrors the main track,
       Lldo BlYd., lldo                                forn hoovcs. toot 0rc blacksmith about 20
                                                       minutcs.
                                                          "The costof shocingis rcally minimal,"
                                                                                                      stooping beniath thc r!il, caossingthe tu.f
                                                                                                      rackc, and squcczing bctwccn four scPr-

            Becch                                      Johnsonsaid. 'It comes to about $t00 I
                                                       hors€, rnd it has to bc done rcgularly bc-
                                                                                                      rate rows of evcrgrGen
                                                                                                      thosc tracks.
                                                                                                                                hrshes sunoudiog

                                                                                                        Thc experiencewt! !t oncc arrlgcly
                                                       crusc the hoovcs grow and/or the alu-
   Saturday, September13                               minum shoebegins lo wcat down.                 conspicuous- otc lmrgincd thc grllcry
                                                                                                      wondcring 'Who are thcy?' - and thor-
                                                          "Ilpically, thc shocsarc aluminum with
      ( 1;ll
           a.m..to
                 dusk)                                 a steel tip,' thc  traincr continue4
                                                                                            'and if   ouShly r hoot.
                                                                                                        As hc walkcd, Duncrn fielded a scrics
                                                       you can cnvision it, thc aluminum wears
    Sunday,          14
             September                                 uncvenly.Evcr heardthat crpression,
                                                                                               '89-   ofquestions.
                                                                                                        'I think thc bigS$t differcnce bctwecn
                                                       ing down on your hccls'? Well, that ap
      (111a.m.6 p.m.)
              to                                       plies to horscstoo."                           whrt we do at BclrnoDt and what wc do

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A REf RESEING EAIE follorr cvcrY                                                                               ins mst rRE K FRoMthcsterting
                                                                                                                                           Srle'
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                                                                                                                                       competing over a      The horse,r favoriteof Johnson's'
                                                          crew of at Ieast l0 and sometimes
                                                                                                     as        bred three-year-olds
                                                                                                                                                  down   *".Jr'"ip.dtea to do muchif you be-
lrrc is that we haven'tdealt with a lot
                                                   of                                                          irn""-qu"tt"i of u mile course'sc(mt      ii"""iirt" i.-"t"g line,but theraircr
                                                                                                                                                                                                  rc-
                                                          ;;;;;;      i2 m"n, each of whom has a
,tt'rt,"*t          *rorc," hc said''Wb haven't                                                                rherack.                                  li""ii-"i'""liiioi"f"nd worea widc smilc
                                                          .o""'ifi""ttv assignedrote. but whose
                                                                               -gettin                         "-"il;
                                                                                                                         rhev're on their waY' we do a
iii;i;i         ; bt of ttpm in the gare' and' I          ";i*'i'                     g ttre horses end                                                  *-it" p""*O ro ulk with thchorsc's
                                                                                                                                                                                                own-
                           horscs do strangc things               Lii ii, i"tt
;;;i;l"ll-v"".                                                               in,ithe siarting 8nd
                                                                                               sate                                                      er.B. Giles     BroPhY.
 up-trt" in sioroga. Things they don't do
 -'io
 elscwhcrc."                               ;
            iiruir.ur" his poinf Duncaf lecalled
                                                          ii'lii io"i"iJ
                                                          readv to run.
                                                          '-i6uiorepatution
                                                                                   for a race really bc-       ll#r*Jli'**tt#il;I"#
                                                                                                         ;'" un;il        incidentsin   the gate?' Be-
                                                                                                                                                             'i
                                                                                                                                                                  m.mcnliaier,jockeYJean-Luc
                                                                                                                                                          s'-* *r,o t""utdbeiding Thirtysix
                                                          oinr itiaay before,when my assislant au'.r* vo" can alwaYs learn and Yo-u ii-i'n iotpetirion for a $}4,fi)0 got down
                                                                                                                                                                                                  On
                                                                                                                                                                                             purse'ar-
 a bizarre incident lhal occur4d on lne                   $;ii;;;;         the o'erniShr rePoilson the                                                    i:rJ. .to'tt" rraincrald rider
 main track fourYearsago.                                                                                ii*utt'*"n, ,.     g"t bettlr at what you do"'.
                                           -:; -
       -Thc horsc was named ll'st Llnl(' 8no                                  looking-at each horse's    "wiffi"i
                                                                                                                         baci toward the grandstand toI   '- plottingsratcsY low ones'
                                                                                                                                                                                 in
                                                          "oti"rito,t' mark up the program"' Duncan
                                                          G'oft and                                                                                             ...i cin'r waii youto go head-tehead
  iusr Ji"t wc loded him           in 0re Satt for lhe                                                   rr,o,iiv uit",    the race was compleled'                       ; *.t" itt" -ti words audible
                                                           JJ. p"iri"g a pr6grarnfitlcd with bright      ii"i""l, o""*a momentarily to soak
                                                                                                                                                     in   *ith';i;.-
 iun of a race, hc reared up ano:lllpPeo                                                                                                                  fromtheconversalion'
                                                 gate'     Jndration-s rrom his backPocket'
                                                           '---ilir                                                          crcated by ihe attention      "-iil.
  .ii, tt"ppine iitsclf underiea0i-$e
  -
        .:it ,#.rF,                                                  ;i;"t us 8t least somc indication
                                                                                                          ti'"it.rlprt"t"
                                                                                                                                                on onc             n.it ,itt rhctwo sould talk aboul
                          rime. rhc hofsc diblocated                                                      oll.o .ntiy being concentrsted                                       t' it would in thewin-
                                                                                                                                                                                          be
                                                           or        ii expect of each-horscin each                                                                                             which
   thc shouldcr of 0rc man I had io thc--gate                  "ii"t    ti"ti"t conti nued''Esscntiallv'
                                                                                                          sincle location.
                                                                                                          -":fiiiit                                        il?:i iilli". r;ti"irlv rt'"srratesv'
                                                                                                                                                           "i"ii.i""iolit
                                                           Li.;-ti"-                                                              it?'he sai(| "trt sure
                                                                                                                         neal.isn't
   iuti"irrr ninr, so ttc was trapPedtgo'"                  *ili ii*t..         down to is each race being                                                        entailcd closinS on thc Ieders lowllo
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tll€
         Duncan, who has been doinfl what ne                                                              to    bcatsworkingnine to fivc'"       -,
                                                                                                                                                      .' ,
                                                                                                                                                                  end of rlre raci, Paid ofl
                                                            i'ttorco-rraptred.at least choreographed                                                              -TriofO-rv
   docs f,'r 30 ycant now, still wea$ a looK                m mdnre-nt horsesleave tlrc gate ano                                                                                *ifi that your being indrctcd
   of dishcliefas hc tells the story' ;
                                                                              the                               Johnson Saddles A \ilinner                                                 jusr of your
         't iust do['l know whal it i3 tboul uIs
                                                    ..
                                                            atually start to race"'
                                                            -i'E'in.un"a,                                          Thc walk to the large,uee-filled      pad-     ino rt ritir orr.tt ri'as part of thc
                         iri 0E sstaroga ivalcr'" he
                                                                                   in a rre wherc eight or                                 J-
                                                                                                                a.it t*t tr Saratoga fc lrcc€s'iock-              li'"it'i i." t* a"srrc," i member r!
                                                                                                                                                                  'sdJltt
    pr*T..
                                                            roitioo"t           are competing,we'll load        I"J t"O                           alikc
                                                                                                                                  intercitcdparries     - is                .nrouttgc to thc traincr
                                                                                                                                                                                     said
    laulhed."tilL"                           ,i
    =in-*v          cvent' ii took us atrirrlt a^half        rt.      into 0re gale two rt a time"' and we                 ",tt"t publicaffiir, with all con-
                                                                                                                u'ptoiounotv                                      ilifiiuiutiont i"t" ofrcrcd amund'
                                                                                                                                                                                              all
                                                                                          proccssso that the                                                       Jdhnsoniust bcamcd.
    hour to irtricatc him from thq posrtron
                                                             *il'iii*-rt"i*aing                                 LfiJttl""ii,g to walk right through-the            ;ii'.;;;y  sotisfyitrg to win herc in
                                                             iuh ttott" go"t into thc gate about l0 sec'        ;fi       ;a spictatott to get wherethey
    he'd lotten himsclf in 8nd to Sel.orrr8uy
                                                             Ji.'u"i"t?rt         o** siing open and the        hrive go.
                                                                                                                       to                                         Sar"rog","hc raid. triJ cyes twinkling'
    ouL Ultimatety wc had o tranqutli?r the
    tUunO           bririg in a truck to liicrally lift      rrc begins.'
                                                             --ot*c-Duna-'                                          As thiY do so. it's not an uncommon           ""iff                               $c
                                                                                                                                                                                             in-saratog!"
     -'litur't onttiti... but wc got it donc'"
                                                                                   who wears a microphone        gorti o .i, voung      kidsaproachthejoc|-
     iil
                                                             on his tie, indicatcs that thc horses are                     -oi*pttt, rcrnething   th"y raryly     sTiii.m "Sri-mmcr       Ddrby,"thc Travers
           "tr"    Dtobably rtrc nrct bizanc thing                                                                                                                                  bi hcldoniou'se's mrin
                                                              ioadcd inro rtte gate, a light located on top
                                                                                                                 iii$:i,'r*lti'"f,,:; "'
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                                                                                                                 ""'.-i*                                          iliiii.;itt
                                                                                                                                                                           "::*t'ilti;urdav
     rhais lapicncd iri my nrenrory, but thcre
     art-atwayi a hct of ortrr lidc things tlat               of the Saratogagrandshnd gocs on' slg-             --Una"t                                          -?i
                                                                                                                                                                  rek.
                                                              naling to lhe slartcr that he can commence                       trecmarte0with a largenunr'                  to, of rhe namchorsca, Tbuch
                                                                                                                                                                                                    likc
     clrrr ani mrlc You wonder"'                                                                                                                                  c.ld-;d SilvcrCharm       didn't makcit' bttt
          On n tYPical iaY, thc nuclcus of Dun-               thc rrce at anY ume.                               bcr lhrce,trainerPhil lohnson'accompa'
                                                                                                                             "
                             rrivcs lt thc track at 7              with that' hc prcsscsa button on 8                   W tli. granddrughtcr    EmmaBrock-        inii;tlnri ma& for morc enries and a
      .-'i     s"iC"t"*                                                      wana afo thc gate' which is oP                                               lillY   iti"""t.oi,o"trl"" licl4" Jdrnson     said'
      ir*. 16 * availablc !o school any lnrscs            -    UnAiU                                             "iJ
                                                                                                                 ;;;.;;.;*i         to runithrec-Yearold           -'f;;;;;
                                                                         Uv a studrrd autonrobilc banery'         n-iiri''nittyti* on tcein thcday's     mile-                      is namcdfor william R'
 . rnrr'nc"Aprctoc dcpuring fiom the surt'                                                                                                                                                 rocidite, who wls
                                                               "ot"a
                                                               ili"#".        A tcrth of r rccond hter' olc       rnGa-sixteenth     founhrace'                   f."".t.. a wealthy
  t53lt:-.t                                                                 qucsoou in lhis racc, Ncw York                                                         toJ ut c6rcliu; vmdctbilt andothcis
                            worts with r
                  ncc, Duncan                              - ffii'ln
                                                                                                                                                                                          thc fint.Prcsidentof
                                                                                                                                                                   il'ifrii'-b;;
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                                                                                                                                                                              ffi erd
                                                                                                                                                                            lotn Kimnret Davkl
                                                                                                                                                                   O.iltv* I-"f"1'
                                                                                                                                                                   il;ffi;;. arnoniortrcnprepuc thls'
                                                                                                                                                                                               for
                                                                                                                                                                   ;;;;;""i";';                    the
                                                                                                                                                                                    biggcst raic of all'
                                                                                                                                                                   cross-oromotiontrurpiring berwccn town
                                                                                                                                                                   il;;"*l      h* rcr'hcd i fcverisb Pitdt'
                                                                                                                                                                                                   fcr-
                                                                                                                                                                   iit"Jt iiuno"y rftcrnon,conccrrs'
                                                                                                                                                                   ii;il.'ben"f,r. ina uOr hrvebccnhcld
                                                                                                                                                                    all ovct iown'
                                                                                                                                                                    -
                                                                                                                                                                       Still. with thc running of thc Trrvc6'
                                                                                                                                                                    trJlJ     oiat s.rrog! ircct is atrcoy ln

                                                                                                                                                                    i"g*if##'ffi#Y'#'H
                                                                                                                                                                    weri ro rhc uPioming Bclmonl meet
                                                                                                                                                                    which begins ScPtembcr5-.
                                                                                                                                                                       li",  r-ot 14 tiilsca uP herr, but fq tlrc
                                                                                                                                                                    usfrwo-weeks of lhc fiicct' I'm rcrlly- ryt
                                                                                                                                                                    Jin. o u" t*ing tbrt much," Tim KcllY
                                                                                                                                                                    l"lO.-'ftt probably strt shipping hors6
                                                                                                                                                                    horncbecinningon thc 28th.
                                                                                                                                                                    '-
                                                                                                                                                                        "itn riatlv iooking forwrd lo Setting
                                                                                                                                                                    b*il;;;;        bhn4;lE stid. "sir wcclr
                                                                                                                                                                    is a long timc to bc eweY."
                                                                   SAX/$OGA IN TBE MOINTNG.
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                 T4g_Thorggghbre to Elmont
                                                                                                                                     m
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                   An incrcdibly cxcitlng and rucccsrful
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                |nmothElds will rcturn to Bcltmntibft

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                  rrE !trIl|ql frll ,nccq whhh ge6 unrler-
              ..
             way on Friday, Scpr. J, wil inciuOe
                                                         i-C
             srarcs rg        worth morc thal $g million il
            qrry !t9rEy. h ddilioa to rhc nnncy in
            contcntion, mrny of the industry,r-too
            c9nqcqbr          will bc compcring fdr aivi-_
            riood chrrnDlooshi6.            :
                 fmU Usfrcoai't          Cup wi[ bc hctd in
            ,
            r.s ADgctc!_ols ),!rf, on Nov. g to
                                                     bc cr_
            rct. mttty Of lhc top coltcnderr in
                                                       that
                         prq for rhe-blg cvcnr by com_
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           a pr p rry rDout 83ts 0p Biod_ .
                          who ro
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                                 Richard
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                    A          Euq4
              Weekend Ctorl1rtdg
         Stakes
     Super              By Daoicl J. McCue
             It was a time fm making chamfions and
        heaking champions as a numberofthe op
        thoroughbrcdsin the country convergedat
        Belmont Park in Elnnnt this past weekend
        to competefm $1,6fi),0fi) in purses.
              Billed as "Super Stakes Weekend," the
         six principal racesheld Saturdayand Sun-
         day - the Woodward, Man O' War,'Ruf-
         fian, Jerome, Futurity, and Matron -                         .
         were each billed as important tune-ups for
         the upcoming Breeders'Cup champi-
         onship, which will raced in Hollywood
         Park in California on November E.
              Prior to post time, however, most of the
         pundits were talking more about who
         wouldn't be there than who would. Gen-
         tleman, consideredto be North America's
         top Thoroughbred at the moment, was
          scheduled to race in the inaugural
          $500.000 Woodbine Mile Stakes in
          T o r o n t o , C a n a d ab n S a t u r d a y ,w h i l e
          Towh Gold, ths horse that spoiled Silver
          Charm's chancesfor the Triple Crown,
          was entered to run in the Pegasus?t lhe
          Meadowlands Saturdaynight.
               "Reasonsto Beef," notedone daily rrws-
     ' paperon the Thursdaybeforethe races.
               Dire predictions aside, the atmosphere
          that pervaded the tfack lhis weekend was
    . anything but dull, the players prowling the
          Belmont Park grounds being among the
          top name in lhe game.                                                                                                                                      BOB'ANI' BEVEILY LEWls,'orerc       ol
               Very much in evidence over lhe course                                                                                                                 Kcntucky lhrby ud Prtrlnccr chroplon
          of two afternoons were superstar trainers                                                                                                                  Sllver.Chrm, wert .mong.-tb hfb pt$h
.          D. Wayne Lukas, H, JamesBond and.                                                                                                                         bors3 plrycn rt Belmont ?.rt thir p$t
          John Kimmel, PreeminentJockey Gary                                                                                                                         wcelcnd.
           Stevens, and Robert and Beverly lrwis,
           who own the aforementioned Silver.
           Charm amongother prize ponies,'
               Saturday's.mainevent, of course, was
           rhe $sOO,U)OWoodward Stakes, a race
           lhat continued this yearls'three-way rival-.i;"
           ry betwe€n Skip Away, Will's Way,'and
           Formal Gold.
               Thongh the competition was spirited out
           of 0rc gate,bqth Skip Away and Will's Way
           fell victim to lhe rrce's blistering pace.By
           the time it was over Fornul Goh was 5 l2 .
           lengtls ah.ead his nearestooqpetitq. The :'
                              of
           decisive victory, underjockey Kent Des-
         .offneaux, puts him, with three Grade I
      .
           stakesvictories to his q€dit this season,              in
                                                                         JO.TEY      JERRY            who
                                                                                            BATLE1 cqlovcd
                                                                                                                 " "mWm
           fur position |o challengefor the handicap
         . division championship tlE Br€ed€rs'Cup.
                                        at                                                                                               ffif,*-u *" nnn*,'
         i Later in the day, Tomisue's Ddlight                       '
            proved victorious in the $250,fiD.Ruffi-
            an, winning by 2 lt2 lengths over Clear
           Mandate. It was the start of quite a w€ek-
           end f6 Mutownlown's Jerry Bailey, who
            would ultimately ride some of the biggest
            winners of the weekend. Also on Satur-
            day, Richter Scale coastedo an easy,vic-
            tory over a field of seven three-year-olds
            in the $150,0fi) Jerome.
                As the sun set over NassauCounty, the
            eyes of local racing fans turned to the
            West and o the norrh as they awaited the
            outcomes of racesfeaturing the 'lwo who
            didn't come to Belmont Park."
                ln Toronto, unfortunately for Gentle-
            rnan's backers, the thoroughbredexpectcd .
          .to net horse of.,tlrc year honors, ran slug-
            gisNy, coming in fifth in the Wmdbine,
        ' having been beatenby 8-to-l shot Geri.                     :
   '
                Down at the Meadowlands Touch Gold
             faired no better, losing the Pegasusto :
            Travers Stakes runner-up Behrens. Under .
            jockey Jerry Bailey, BehrensthunderEdto
             a 5 3/4 length victory in the $l,m0,m0                      GARY STEVENS.nd brclcrr h ttc wlmer's cfuh rner Gnnd Slem tml tlc Sls0'fiXf
          . Pegasushandicap. Touch Gold, who was                         trht[rily.
            the talk of Belrnoni just thr€e nonths ago,                                                             ' '.
            came up a disappointing founh and last                       only her second career start.                   Jerry Bailey," joked one of the trackside
      ' , All of which s€t the stag€ for Sunday's                           'She was very impressive the ftrst time      ptpographers shortly after the aca, how-
  '
        . grand stakes action at Belmont. In the                         out, but you really don't know until they       ever, she was soon to find she wasn"t
          r first major race of the afternoon, the , come baik and do it again," Bailey said.                            nearly done snapping pictures of the 119
-                                                                        'This
     . $150.000 Mahon, Jockey Bailey,,el uo                                      lrrcel was reallyl big step up for      pound atblelc,                              JOCf,EY tICEAf,It MIGI.IOlgd    nor|l
         ' incredible roll.,bested an l0-horse field                     her, but she handled it easily."
                                                                                                                                               (mtiwlnrcnrsc)
                                                                                                                                                                     Prfi 3etrrooc lr3t DinotG.-adYl3cltln
            on:Biauiiful Pleasure,a'filly                              .    "I'm getting tiredt'of taldng picums of                                                  Ilivcr bry lbrlrrroh   r. !1q+S#: r
                                                        laking
                                                                             THE WESTBURY
                                                                                        TIMES - OCTOBER




     BOEANL BgyEnLy LEW'Sb",.ow
                               rho^r*,                *@
    Gouinydfunpr*auswse)                                                   .
                             .;.,                    ,_]1jgr_c91tinued, Everybodywastatk-
                                                               Influent at the funeral, so I was
                                                     fng,,abo.ut
    ^j11frcy-ry nexr rbe
    v- war,
                   race, $zroo,mo Man
              tlattey-again was aborrd fte win_
                                                     realy cnocf,ed up when he won.,,
                                                        AIT:^.h:^lgt    srakesof rhe weekend,
    ner, a tcrner claiming horse nanred             ..
    enl Adding a buct oTpartroso rtre
                                          loflu-    lh€ $t50,qm Fururiry, it was rainer D.
                                          viio_      wayne Lukas and Jockey Gary
                                                                                        Stevens
                 j",ff;s'ff
    ;'-#:il:il1iT:$,1 :ffi                          who posed for picturesin thswinner,s
                                                    clrcle-
    nean surgeryin Taltalrassee,noriOa onfi                     sun sinking tow in the sky and
    three days before the race.                     -,[i]! the
                                                    snaoows growing long before lhe g;md_
    .,-B}l"y, in ribure ro Kumble. wore a          srand. stevens guided Grand
               band rhetrorse arounO
                  as                                                                     Slam,
                            tore                                one
                                                   .c-onstdered of the best lwo year olds
    trftr                                          rn rne country, to an easy 6 l/2 lingth
                                                                                            vic_
    ,,I,Til'##li:*ffi
                    illtrffi                       lory over a lO-horse field.
                                                      .Crq9 !f".    wilt r€rum lo Belmont Oc_
    f:^ffi;rTi1#'.gg1*,il**."'.
                                                   tober l8-for ille Moet Champagne
                                                   on BreedersCup preview we6kind.
                                                                                         Stakes
               .:'':''
fq.$":t;*';
I
             TnnsM #BuR."ttuP,s
                          BylhnidJ.Mc€ue
                 It is r mornent of intenseanticiparion'
                 Like tlre crack of thc bat that precedesa ''
              tpme run belred into the upper (hcks of I
               baseball stadium, ttp:sound ofthe starting
               gate slamming opel -at Belmont fark in :
               Elmont is ttE soutd of PIInlus€.
                  until that mocpnE a strangcmir$re of -
               control and a torch of chaosreign.
                  As lonr as48 tuns befae any given ru'
               rim fsislragpq a srartinggab ftiqna&.has .   ';:
               beenrnaking tdaliolx abouttlrc cunpenus
               in the racing program that will serve as a
               'cullebod( for dp re day'srtivities.
                  Tbkinc lheir cue from tlrose notations, a
                form ofihoreography, really' tbe-!2 mem- '
             ' bers of the ga-teirew vill fall into.as- '
              'signed roles, according to each ho$e's r
         '   'temperamenL          I-   r'rrd'r'rq'

                      Thpn comss the rbnpnt,beot despribed ll'   '
             . as a momeut out of time. Ttat moment
!.   .            when the track's public addresssystem
                  cracktes o life and it's announcedtrat the
                                                '
              . 'horscs are rr th€ po$"'          1 ."'  ,-       ';.
                    '
                      From lrere on in, the   plan - to get"-
                                                            the
                  hmses, mostly 2 and 3 yers old and often :'
                  weighing close to two tons - into the ,.
                  long metal gate and oo their way' ul slrs-
                  ceptible to all manncr of surpises.
                      -On
                           one recent weekel4 a horse rearcd .
             '
                   up and threw is rider, In Saraqgl,lris          "
                 'summer, oae crew membef, William
                   -Whip' O'Boyle' was kicked so hard in
                   $e c;te that he misscd a week of work. A .
                   few-nrembersofthe qew havc even been
                   run over by their charges as the horses
                   sorinted for the linish line.
                '       So it should oorn€ as ff) surprise then
                   that the last few seconds in the starting '
                    sate ar€ subtty tenseom, with horsesfid-
                   leting rcnously in their'confining stalls
                 ' ind ilembers oi thc gate.cre.-1v     shouting
               '               rcDortsto llFJtarter- ,
              ' 'Drorress
                       'ivair" Wair we'rp-npt ready"l of *-
                                                                    .
                    dleryells.+ 1 .1" ry1*l}'{
              -' ;*;; n+i ssd;sj,py"ryT:
                                    ;;,
                    The garc, a dozen sulls wide' b-lrstlesl.:
              .. with activitv.tAtr iortanlhowever, all of r
                 ftat aclivilv-cease$'expwlant,exhilrration''
                 sivinc'wav;iolsuddeii'stilloess and ithe' lr
                 6ver dirrait sound:ofir clutch of horses




                                                                      '
                  nine mioutcs bcfore the sttrt. of tlrc day's ifi
               '                           galdstlndfuias a remote . '*
              ' second re, tbe J-.go-far.away
                  half mile away                             that ithe . .,
               '. clrcers that greetcd theconclusion'of the'*
              +. last contest soud€d ar'if they were.emr- .-,
               .l nating fiom ctcor across!own.t'; ",i-' i' : i i
                ;
               ,i .  'X6u.ao - ^ - - . i c - .
                     rvl..
                            sometimcs as if you'rea
                            r^
                                        Jeel.      f--l or if vnrr'n:

                                                    lhal-:!;
               i-blavios to thc lelevisiotr;:audiencc
               ; waritJ te *nufrs,t'p{pr-tban thofoLs S}
               - itr the grandstaod,Xihfsaid--lStill; I --
              i wouldn'ttrade  ptace qith anVhdr.? 'a tt
              I *ff.tlg                    isel*tfl_tE:nt
              .. .'IrisoIr'"helauglred.'"1'* . - "'.:-,
              ..     But for thp longcstiracc.e.Et  Belmont'i*lj
              .i'. thmc requiring the use of the entirc lenS{*
              i : ;-;;E       f;.io;"c'"*          b &ftrlo{edm
              I tom ltc rtbn tb grmblers.arcrmtrgiu'
              ; , tercstcd ; thefuisb - andtbatsepa-".
                          h
              i I rarim is wharhclocfmtcrtb scnsc be-
                                                of
                    -++.+gr.|iaPyg*;oLf,.st,"r"Fe-.,
              i' iocaartoti$eci.t'anduniqucroutine. t IXJNCAN CoNst,t.;ffi WTm J|n ftftdngp..r
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                                                                                    TT|EWE9IBURY TTMES_ ocToBER 9, 197


         It4l          Begins in the Starting$ate                                        Goiliawdimn*sc4o)
                  ldeally, lhe veleran shrter said, a{nem-
              .
              Der ot.the crew will be assignedto each                                                                                                                willing ro follow you if you lead them
              occupied srall. At rhe tracli, as in life,                                                                                                             in," Duncan said.
              however, somelimesyou have to make do                                                                                                                    Most of the time the handler will rhen
              wttn what you have.
                 *Today's                                                                                                                                           .quickly move io the left side of the hone
                             a perfect example," Duncan                                                                                                             and.then step onto a ledge in the srall, 36
              saad.  'We're
                              a little short-handed, it,s
                                                        so                                                                                                          Inches above the grouod. sometimes,
              mo,stcritical that we have assistanGin the                                                                                                            nowever, employing a rroe.holirric" ap
              stalls.with horses that have had problems                                                                                                             proach, the handler will stay on tlie
             or exhibited nervousness the pist.,,
                                           in                                                                                                                       ground wirh the horse, comfortiig it until
                 Throughout the loading process,Dun-                                                                                                                the very last momenL
             can communicateswith both his men in                                                                                                                      Ty this poin! all your attention is fo
             me gateand the placingjudgesback in the                                                                                                                cused-on making-sure the horse is pre_
            grandstand through the use of a                                                                                                                         pared for the start " Roy Wiltiamson jaid.
                                                       micro_
            pnone ne wears as a de claso.                                                                                                                           "You. have to make sure that they are
                 -You
                        see that seriesof lights," he said,                                                                                                         standing ull, looking down the track. If
            polnrrag lo rhe highest box on the                                                                                                                     trley sc8rt!o [m their heads,you bsve to
                                                          Bel-
            mon-tPark grandstand.        ..Well,                                                                                                                   rectili that. If they s]art io lean or shift
                                                  the four to
            p: !9It are floodtighrs, aimed at rhe fin-
            tsh tine. The red light, located all the                                                                                                               !h{.*"igttJ awkwardly, you have to get a
                                                                                                                                                                   handle on that too-"
            way to the right, is what tells us we can
            start the race.                                                                                                                                        ^ "It's a lot of activity in a very short time
                                                                                                                                                                   rrame, and paramounl above everything
                "After I indicate that the horses have                                                                                                             else.is safety,.. whether it U ne saiety oi
            .
            oeen successfullyIoadedin the gate, the                                                                                                                the hcse, tlre rider, or the crew."
            pacing judges will turn that Ilght
                                                          on.
            once we get rhaa     signal,we usuall! bt rhe
            noryq go within a minute or so,"buncan
           explained.                                                                TSITSIRAGESCONSTRUCTS perfect3foorbol play.,
                                                                                                                  the
                Whal
              .        .makeslife on the gate crew so
          .cnalengmg for lhe men who work there
                                                            is
           that they're really performing two all_im-
           ponail hsks- at once, attempting to calm
           me anmuts down while also ensuring that
           lhey are alert and ready to go when |he
          gareilres open.
               'I think
          -,               one_ the most important
                                of
          lllps.rou "T d9 it! that regard isipend a
                         wirh.rhe.horses    before they ger
          ll,lt_".Tr"
          Into. the g-ate,"said Bobby Scabb, w-ho
          yolxs both lor the gale crew and for the
          Unlted Puett C-ompany,        which leasesBel_
          mont's slarling gates ao the New york
         r<actng      Association.
                    19, of times, as the horsesapproach
         ..1'A
         the garc, you'll see us walk out to meet
         lhem. By doing lhat you not only familiar-
         |ze lhe horse wift your touc[ but you can
         Degln !g reassure them and thai helos                                                                                                                       The instant the surting gate is thrown
         ward ollany number of problems.',                                                                                                                       open, the men in the stalls make r cou_
                      about                                                                                                                                      ple of quick moves. Just as the horse be_
        ,wliltam_son, t r u s t , " - e x p l a i n e d R o y
          ,''It's                                                                                                                                                gins to bolt out of the gate, they tift
                            another member of the gaG .
       crew.'In those few momentsbefoie a                                                                                                                        metr tead teg so as not,to,impede the
       race, what you hope to do is open a line                                                                                                                  hone orjockey.
                                                          of
       commu_nication         with the trorse-you'rchan_                                                                                                            At 0rc sametime, he'll remove his hand
       qilng.-whal you want is for                                                                                                                               ftom the lprse-atrd raise it up higlt so that
                                             them to have
       conndence in you and for them o believe                                                                                                                  the various officials oversiein-g a given
       lhal theyyon't get hurt when they are in                                                                                                                 mce can see that the horse:wasn't inter_
       your hands.                                                                                                                                              fered with in rhe sate. '
       . .'"That's why I like to work with the ba-                                                                                                                 -getweenracasiim Tbi6ir4ges sits itr his
       bles.and $e rough horses,- Williamson                                                                                                                    on road vehicle and ENnsfefsinfonnation
      contrnued...I feel Eemendoussatisfaction                                                                                                                  fiom one place - that narked up racing
      trom gaining a difficult horse,sconfi-                                                                                                                    prcgran - to another,a plain whitc shcet
                    Wh:n y-o_q                                                                                                                                  or paper upon which hcb drawn a grid for
      fTe.                      *e l horse rhat,s green
      and scared... Well, I liken it to i tiO                                                                                                                  eachrac€-
      whose boen thrown into a swimming pool                                             TgE MOMENT AFTER rnothcr perfcc,t     etrrt                               "I'm working off a coupte of consid_
      who doesn't know how ro swim. Iilr'that
                                                                  enclosed area, so we'll open the frona of                                                    erations," he said. -Firat of alt, I,m
      same lind of_panic... ana my rofe ii io                                                                 another aspec.t the starting gate: any_
                                                                                                                               of                              rq)Ktng at the past performances of ahe
                                                                  the garc undl they're inside. Some horses   rnrng thal helps a horse, we'll do... io
      mat(ethat panic go away."                                   we even have !o back into the gae.',                                                         h,orses,.looking at how they've per-
                                                                                                              long as it doesn't impede the other
         l:Tilif
     :"""if x1,*1X"J,i,1,*,::11;
     you over in the gaae, the one thins yoi
                                                                  .  Perhaps rhe most famous-..difficult,,
                                                                  norse on the circuit today is the John
                                                                                                              horses-"
                                                                                                                 Oiller, less radical approaches lo
                                                                                                                                                               longr$ in the garc previously. Thcn, I,m
                                                                                                                                                              rooxlng to see which crew members
                                                                                                                                                              have.worked with them, s€eing if I cao
                                   but                            rummel trained Song of Africa, a horse       .
     can never show is fear. Ttre tess wdriied                                                               oeattng with problem horses include              march rhe horse! with people Ihey have
     you are about things, the morc seatled                      yry.gn"€ reacred vi6lently !o lhe EaEe blindfoldilg rhem as
                                                                                     so
                                                                                                                                     they approach the
     norsewill be."
                                                        $e        mat ll was feanedher careerwas doomfo.     gale - "Some horsesare fine once                 1ra.p.po1with. From rhere, Ilusifi[           ia
                                                                                                                                                              the blanks-
                                                                                          turned ro Monty    they're loaded, but can,t walk in if they            -Hopefully,"
      . According to Duncan,an Eliront.na-                       __{or-help,..Kimme.l
                                                                            aurhor of rhe best selling lia                                                    -                   he said, drawing the per_
     tlye whose father was a trainer at Bel_                     l(9be$.r                                    see what they are walking in to," Dun'_ fect analogy, 'what
                                                                 l(an Who Listens To rilorses, who-theo-                                                                              I have wtpn t'm drne
    mont Park, the key to being a successful                                                                 can said - and installing plastic parti_        ls sonething li&e a play in football.
                                                                 rized that Song of Africa believed the
    memDer. the slarting gate crew is re-
                     of                                                                                      uons betweenthe stalls ..for those hors_             -Yoy
                                                                                                                                                                          hone.qbat rhe play goes the way
    membenngthat each horsehas a distinc-                       e,1f yu. aftacking her flank every rime      e.swho do belaerwhen they can't see
                                                                sheenteredit.                                                                                you ptanned in every single race, bui
    uve personality.                                                                                         merr company."                                            lle doesn'l cooperate, you really
                                                                    The remedy? A cloak made of ca4rct                                                       I:r€n
          "As_wilh peopte,you have to learn                                                                      Over_ course of this particular after_
                                                                                                                      the                                    rcty on the crew,s ability b sray loosc sna
     .                                                  to      remnan$ that is attachedto the bacfof       noon, the number of competitors in each
    oe3l_wilt|horsesas individuals,,'lrc said.                  Ur_starting gale.and slips off as the horse                                                  cover whalever's fallinc aDart"
                                                                                                            rary-vqned from as few as five to as many
    . "What you'rc tooking for in each case                     mal(esh€r break-                                                                                 ru h:.r"*-beg coinileaty           surpriscd
         ute teast baumatic way to get orcm into                                                                 12, _Prior!o each meet, the routine fol'_. ,o{TT".ming happened srarting
'_ l: gate.                                                         "[Robers] actuallycame up ro Saraioga   3s
                                                                                                            towed by the gate crew varied little.
                                                                                                                                                                               rttt            atthe
   tne               For instance, some horses wilt            ..
                                                               to see us_thispa6t summer and gave ;s                                                        gate?     Tsirsirages lauehod.
   onty walk into thq gafe if th€rEar€ no oth_
                                                               some really good insights into ihar he        ..As rhey move into the garc, the han_                                      .It
                                                                                                                                                              -'Surpriscd,"lrc sai{. coems I'm       like
   er.horsos in therc, so we'll have the out_                                                               dters.would lurn to face each horse,            atways
                                                               cr€ated," Duncan said.                                                                                   rvaiting exFr€ircc thenert sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                !o
   qder_        send $em !o us alreadof the re.stof                                                                   offering rhem a reassuripg pai        pn6eat thegatc...you rcver know wben
                                                                    Asked how it's-worked, Duncan said,     11ufllf
   the field. Others prefer not to walk into an                -
                                                               -very                                        on me nose. -The reason we do it tiar
                                                                         very well," adding .it shows you   way is because the horses are more
                                                                                                                                                                                 happen you've never
                                                                                                                                                                                         rhat
                                                                                                                                                            ffSrKyt
 THnWnsrBuRY TurmsSPORTS
 LocalResidents of Sarato Meet
             Stars      a
                          BY Danlcl J. Mc€ue
        Onlv thrce-and-a-halfhours noflh of its sister lrack,
   Bclmont Park, in EtnonL 0rc SaratogaRaceCoursc is s
   waH unto itself - rltlnugh it'r one with lonSlarl t@tr
   rirhl hefr in NasssuCorntY.
       -;i
                   when mvonc ialks about Saratoga,thc fust
   tHng-thcy alwayr nicntion is lhc tradition"' said traind
             "uest
   Tinothy Kclly, of Cadc Placc.
        ;en& rnr. i think lh€ thing t'rn mosl consciousof is
   the closc-knit ties among cveryone l'cre..' it's the-on9
   tinreof yegr whcn thc ownersand evcr' oneclse involvcd
   in rrini rhorouglrbrcds New York r'l com€togetherin
                                 in
   onc Dlcc.
        'it o""", lt's rcally something.and cry very unique,"
   Kclly continued.
        Oirrnizcd rrinS in SaratogaSprings, New Yqk datcs
    brl-to Sllurday, August 14, 1847, whcn fivc thoussnd
   convcrted on rhi new rrack in town and saw an old gray
    m* nittt"a Uay Suffolk- thought to bGthe inspirstion
    for the children's nuncry song - swoep a senes ol ollc
    milc hcsts.
         ThoroughbredracinS al the silc h('ganjust ovcr r
    nronthlrtet, on Scptrmber16' 1847'\Ahen hors€called
                                                   I
    l-rdy Digbt ran ori rhc rract and equallcd hdy Suffolk'r
    fc.L
         The horses have bccn running at Saratogain thc
    summctlime cvcr lincc, and though the ensuing 150
    ycarr hevc not pasrcd wilhoul r certain measureof
    lhinge. somettringrboul evcty move.you make.in
    Sant6gr instantly putr you in touch with lhc atoricd
    'Dtsl.                                                                                                     ffitncou*gr;nrrrrtb                         -
         For instaIrce.thc original rack has bcen preservedand      ELMONT'S BOB DTNCAN' o{ttcbl slrrtct                                                         hrcbYlhdclJ'M'iLL
     is now thc Oktahomiraining track, while the "ncw"              drrt o?lrt SrturdrY'r fourth rrq
     rr8&ttnd        locrlcd rtoss the srcet lrrrm lhe old krck.
     6rs bcctr wclcominS spectalos sincc l8('4.
         So orcsririors is-rhi 36 day mcct which beganon July
     23. nins th-roughScptcmbci l, and is now in ir l29th
     vear. thrt in foinulatine il' R cing Socrtary Howard Bat-
     ilc hrA ro wrdc rhrogh alplications fnm mott thsn lEO
     traioers, who all olii, hdri 2,700 hor cs compcting for
      1,655stalls.
          Wiah thst kind of compctilion evcn before thc first
     soning gatc slamrrcd open, prefercncehad to be givenlo
      tnimi wtro not only run trorseswilh rcgulariry. but wlrc
      hd lnncs that could compctc on rring's top level.
          'It's much nrorc hcctic than rring down 8l Belrnoot'
. end if anything, morc comPclitive," said tr&inerPhil
I ,olnson,6t no*villo ccntrc. who wrs inducted ioto thc
      Netiond Muscum of Rring's Hall of Famc earlicr this
' mnth"
          'This is thc pcrt nrccting for thoroughbred racing i1
      Ncw York. neih t'r tttc p.rf nrccting of thomughbrcd
      rrinl for thc cntirc coontry." hc rrid.
          Fo.- Srnlagt SprinSs itsclf, thc rnnual nect has a pro'
      fouad clfer olr rlr locrt ccornmy, 0rc year-mund popub
                         swclliry to rmrc than four timcs that by
 ' tloo of Zt,Ofll
      ltc AuSusl. when tb rpt's p{cmictc rre. $e Traven
      Strlcs. ir run.
 :         Lorr bcforc thcn "no vrcutcy" siSnswill havc hung                                                                       TRAINEn Pf,fL JOf,NtION' o? tocHlh Ccrtrt, t!ot!
       fc witr ouridc !rct horcls rd ncighborhood bcd rnd                                                                          h.rc In thc tllncr'l clrch lltl Sruddr[tltar     Elnr
 ' brcrlfertr. thc wrir for tablcr !t nearby rcstaurlnls            fRA|NEt TIM KEI,LY, of Crrh Phcc' loYtt Srrrl"lr       bu'     Bffikr.y, t r bducrcd ho tcrrL3.'     f,rtr o[ Ilrt I!
      triplo4 rnd cvcn dE tocd tclcvidon weathcr forccrst will      b rDdmr to 3?ab.ct horoclo hn3 Lrlaod.                         Srntotr h G.r8cr thF Dorfb
       hrvc lalcn ol a rrlng tlrvc'
           Fr crarnptc, Ridrl night'r dinner-hout forcca$ on thc    just at Belmont rnd Seratoga,    bul .lr'o :r tha Aqueduct     ro have r dress code for ccrtdo rctionr of thc frility
       tclt tbr rlitlirrc wis Siven for thrcc day parts: "Bcak-                                                                    (men, ooc quickly lcrrnr, bcrt rur Jrkcu for -Ic6s to
                                                                    rrcc trrk in Quccos.
       frst il SuttoS!" (mnring wcdhct conditions); "At PGt            -I}c whole town is rbuzz while we're up herc. Every         ;ll qusrters; whiie wonrn rc kgcly elpcctcd to wear
       tfun,- (tlrc dtcrnml predictions); and "Counting Your                                                                       dresies. skirts u pantssuitr).
                                                                    advertiscrncntyou hcar or read has somc mcntion of rac-
       Winnings," (fie cvcning wcathcr).
                                                                     ing in i1... ani evcrywhere you go pcopre are talking            wtrai it att coires down o in thc cnd, howcvct is thc
           Furthlr undcrscoting the conneclion belwecn thc                                                                         thoroughbrcdswho nm oo ftc milc-and-onc+ighth track
                                                                     about cvcnB at thc lrack."
       towo md thc raccs, thc rcport was donc live by r mctc-          "ln addition to thrt " he added,
                                                                                                       '!ou're dealing with thc    cvew aftcmoon but ThesdaY.
       orotorist fmm thc locd restaurantdistrict. which' hc
               -wu                                                   vcry best horsesin thc countrY."                                 nlt sai{ th. besl wry io crperiencc thosc atilacs is
       said,        stctdily filliltg uP with sp'clatos from the                                                                   durins thcirtrdnint run in thc cdy nomin! mi3t'
                                                                                                                                      'rf,efs iq bltry.-tu
       tnck.
                                                                    In lhe Early Morning Mist                                                                  Stu|," dd r raining tidct.* I"
           Projcction figures compiled by the i aratogaCiambcr                                                                     guided a fiUy rtoond thc irrl rhorrly aftcr t r.m' in tllc
       of Commcrcc for last ycr."3 meel Pur estimatcd lounsl          In iust about eYery way, thc SaratogaRace Course is a
                                                                                                                                   rnorning.
       rcvenucr fc Augurt at $10.5 million ' - roughly 25 pcr-      study in dichotuny. tt is at oncepe hlpr:ne of thc most           fhou-ch il's earlv, rhc rrk hrs bccn busy for houn d-
       ccnt of thc etee'i tourirm-genentcd i"comc for thc cn'       demirratic of plaies -- a vcnuc wherc the average-Bob          read* ai tni.rcts luia riOas nrt ttEir chargestlrugh erly
                                                                    and Lucinda ori vacation can rub clbows wilh somc of the
  , tirt ycu.                                                                                                                       moming worturts in anthip.lid of thc day'r coopai$o'
           ffrcrct m douba$qil it, Sraoga ts thc highlight ot       bi886t plrycrs in the grmc - ard' 8t !h. sarnetimc, the
       tlr yrar, mt mly fc rring, bot fc lltc local economy rs      rnoslclilist.                                                                                    (c6thwd6Ft      aandtt
        wctil rdd Enroofr Bob Duncan. thc ollicial s|Itct nol         It't rs t€lrred rs r femlly picnic. and yct forrnal enough
                                                     TIMES - AI.JCUST 1997
                                           THEWESTBURY              28'
4
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                                                           Rgsidents Stars of Sarato $& t"^'uoatu^'por"

             TOWN HEMPSTEAD'S
                 OF

                               Fonily
                              Festiusl
    | 7fh Annucl lrlbufc lc cur
         llaullcal HcrFcgc


                                                                                                            mrt clrclc rhortlY 4q        flntdr     9't Ic"
                                                                                    i"rt rn $rc ccnrcr oroc crord ls Jodcv larlc           stetr'   ollcr
                                                            ilil;;"p.;6"t
                                                            if. CUcrbmpfy t rhc rnlln! mrn to Srntr'r rltht"

                                                               Hundreds  oftrack penonnel aie in con-         And They'rt Ofr...
                                                            siant motion by this time, while bundrcds             Bv noon. an hour bcforc Post limc, $e
                                                            of race fans have already begun convcrg-          cntiie racing complex had takcn ort what
                                                            ins on th€ track,establishing    thcir hold on     mosr oartk'iipanudcrribc rs a "statc fair"
                                                            seitionsof lhc picnic arca' or watching            atn,usnhet*,   and thc grandstand,   which is
                                                            rhe morning workout over I breakfast               coolcrt by ceiling fans, was lillcd with
                                                            servedin thc grandsund.                            more than 20,(nOspcctlto(s.
                                                               On onc rccentmorningover at barn 8O'               Before thc third race of thc day' Bob
                                                            wtrere ptril Johnson is stabling 24 horses         Duncananivcd outsidc ficjockcy'3 ofiic'
                                                            this summcr,and wherc his neighbon in-             lo Lscort two rcporta! to fic ataftinSg{c'
                                                            cludc suDerst,tr  lrainds D. Wayne Lukas           located, firr thii ncc, clesr on thc othcr
                                                            and Nicli Zir.'. a blacksmithnamed"Bob             side of thc ttack'
                                                            by," was shocing one of thc trainer's con-            Essentially,given tlrc timc betsecn e3ch
                                                            tenders.                                           race,there attiwo ways o ga to 0le gstc's
                                                               "Wc havc to changcshoesaboul every              iocaiion. rrre frst is 6 ridc in a van sormd
                                                             30 days. and Bobby's rellly s tremen-             thc Dcrimeld of thc rrk. Thc othcr in-
       lowrr Park at Lldc                                    douslv talentedindividual." Johnsonsaid
                                                             later.
                                                               Tlp entire process,     including rcmoving
                                                                                                               volves walking rmss thc main trrk utd
                                                                                                               two smallcr rurf rrks tha lie inside it'
                                                                                                                   Durican askcd if thc rcporters wouldn't
               Becch                                         t;reold sha^i cleaningrnd filing down
                                                             the bonc. arti installing new shoesto all
                                                                                                                mind takinS lhc trtt6, which turncd out to
                                                                                                                involvc wilking acrors the maln rack.
                                                             four lpor, ,. tot,i lhi: lt lcksmilh lbout 20
         tldd'Blvd.' Lldo                                    minules.
                                                                'Thc c!6t of shtcing is rcally minimal"'
                                                                                                                iromins b"ncati'thc nil, crossing thc turf
                                                                                                                tracis, an,l squeczingbctwccn for acpt

             ' Beach                                         Johnsonsaid. "ll comca to about $tfl) a
                                                             horsc. and it has !o bc done rcgularly bc-
                                                                                                                rate rows of cvergreenhslu rurrcundiog
                                                                                                                thosc lracks.
                                                                                                                   't'he
                                                                                                                         expericncewlr il oncc rtnngcly
                                                             causc thc hooves grow rnd/or the alu-
                                                                                                                consoicuous- ono funegincdthc gallcry
       Saturday,  SePtember 13                                                                                  *on&ering
                                                                                                                             'Who rrc thcY?' - ud thor-

          ( 11a'm..todusk)                                                                                   - ouchlvahoot.
                                                                                                                   is ic walked' Duncrn fieldcd a scrics
        Sunday,  SePtember  14                                                                                  ofqucstions.
                                                                                                                   -i rhint tttc bi886t dilfcrcnc. bctwocn
                                                                                                                 what we do et Bclmont rnd what wc do
    .     (11a.m.to 6 P.m.)
    Frcc Pcrklng cnd Admldcn
          Foi lnformctlon
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                                                             TFB MOnMNGWontr(ruT onS.rlotr" m'[Gd Frcrhc trrct.
                                                                          THEWESTBURYTTMES
                                                                                        _AUcUsT 26.'997




                                                                                               TEE FASTBREAK IROM rhc rrrain3
 here^is                                                                                                                      gara
          rhat ye-haven't dealt wirh a lo
                                          of
 mesc noncs beforc," he said. -Wb
                                     haven,i     I:,* of at leastt0 andsometimes     as        bredlhree-year-oltls   como_eting
                 of.rhem in lhe sare. and, I    !1nl-3s 1.2men,each whomhasl
                                                                          of                   rnree-quarrer milecourie, ovcr a
                                                                                                           of a                             Thc horse, favorileof Johnson,s.
                                                                                                                                                         a
                                                                                                                            ,c&r ,J,,run *"rlii lii,"""ieo ro
 have-ro you,
 fTo.f,l-l.tg,
      retr t             il;fi;      fiili;     :I)-::rll"3tlyassigned   rote,bur whos;                                                                       do muchif you bc-
                   ";
 up here in-S"raroea.
 Il-TIu in !        Thingsrhey,on,r io
                          lhey {on't            Tiii J.r!. is just geuing horses
                                                                           rhe      and          'once rtrey're
                                                                                                                on their wa. -,- ,r.. -
                                                                                                                                         lieved nrorning uurrrr"itiino"ti-
                                                                                                                                                rhe         lirc,
 elsewhcrc,'                                                   inro the srartinssateand        quict anaiyi'ir,;il;;;                    majncd  crrrfidenr.:nd.Yor" *ioe rmiic
                      JJ                        ;ffiifi:i'                                                              Jr:i'.ffi-':'"I
   lP-
 - jy:l$Y-*-ryr Duncal rhe
      ."usudrc.rus polnl,.Dunca?
              ry.'inr                                                                                                                  wi'lhhorset
                                                                                                                        tri: #i;::$sf,f rtre own'                  "
 a ptzarre incidcnt that
 ;flli.k                on
                                 hecaltcd
                          occundd on rhi                           for
                                             ^._pu1nrcnar.arion a racerealtybe_
                                            gtns                                               ;,fiffi';bfl*;*:li,'#ldi
             ffi;'J;#,iooccurred                   -theday before,  whenmy assistant           any incio'Jniil,f
                                                                                                   unisuar ;;"s:,";$,,'[{        ",l"'f, rrtl#;;1,-.t;
 ,.._3:   hory *ts
                     "fni;
                            Losr
              toad.od inrhe forG
                      him
                                 Link,and comp€litors, overnighr
                               gatc
                                            :]lqo.g.ro rhe                reporrs rhe causeyou can always
                                                            Iooking af ea'ch
                                                                                 on
                                                                                horsc;s always
                                                                                                                        firil"Jffi lt
                                                                                                                     tea11. yo.g L" ii,
                                                                                                                            and
                                                                                                   wanlronetbetter *hat youri , ,,                        fora S34,000pursc,
*::1,;.'-*:                                                                                                         al               ,i""d: "ornp"riiLn                    ar-
li1,'jl-:::";,F "t,;d'iid;
            nce, ne rearedup a]lil flippet
              1:*.q                            ff.;:ILrj{_*fitJT;ftffii                      walking uac-r    ro*aio rrrcgrindsrand ;frdil il'iil.;
                                                                                                                                     *.t.]iif":i.il1",
                                                                                                                                                                 dda. eo oown
"".i,",tp::*tT:] rurracniearilrc. rcd nolataons his backpocker.
                  rirn".
                                ri.
                                  G
                       rur,o.s"'ll[i#.ii                  from
                                                                                         shorrly afrer rtrerace wasc-om.pteretj,                  #,I;d',S
                                                                                                                                                         youto go head-ro-head
..:1j,p.'.ry rheman
              of                                tlil: grves us at leastrcme indication   .uuncan    paused  momentarily ioak in
                                                                                                                          to         *irh;;_..,: ;;          -tt words
l]ejh.lltF.r              I hadin ,the ga|e _.
                                  rheeale pl-:,Tll ro expecr of each                     llre alnl(,sp:rcre created by r]
                                                                                                                           rrtcnti.n r;; i;;;;'"";:fr,:;               adible
sral wirhhim,sohe*;,r;;il;."'*                                           horse in each
                                                                           ..Esscntia[y, or so manyueingconceilil- on ()ne
                                                                                                                        llcd
,
   uuncan,_who been
                  has       ddingwharhe 5r_,:     ..r" slsrter conlinued.                srngte  tocation.                           -.The  nextrime nrro
                                                                                                                                                       thc     mutd lalh aboul
                  *d;
lifiil1#J'freno'"rrirr; ili
                                                                  ro is each
                                                                                                        l;T; ffi Fsaid.rr,' ililillliJlll,li,"i;ii;,fl':tr rrre
                                                                                                                    "rt
                                                                                                                      sr
                                               :f:lt_::T*.d.w.n                race beir4
                                                                at
                                               :.norcographe.d, least choreographedt6                                                               :;fr;':;
_,-l-iu*, Ao1'rpow whd il is irlout rhis
              ir'sftcsararosa
                                               g. TgltTnr    rhe horsesteave rhi gare and
                                               acluallyslan lo race-',                       "ff;','i,ff
                                                                                             Johnson  saildtes winner
                                                                                                              A             :lflFfil':*::r:irhleaaeor6iluJ
[fii;*"                        i"irc',';i.
                                                                                             Jf#:, ;t'*Jar ;H::,it1l:1H',il{;i ,trT:;f,T#
                                                                                                         ffi       si    F#'.iff
                                                                                             cysandohe;inrercircaoirilJJiiir";']]?" pnparationfcrhisrrc,.irm-mucroirtrc
                                                                                             a profoundly
                                                                                                        puolicaffirir.              Dtopnyenloungcraid to the trainer
                                                                                             cerned rowark wirh ,ti ",,,I
                                                                                                   havins riehr,1;:lj1,1';                                   e'ourd.
                                                                                                                                               "'i"1figfi[Jl'rffi:*dr
                                                                                                                                                                     rs
                                                                                                                   to !-etu            ,
                                                                                             illlf";f.to*"tors                                ^ ,1" vgrrsarilryin8 win here
                                                                                                                                                                 ro        in
                                                                                                                                    cves
                                                                                                                                      rwinuinl'               hii
                                                                                                      ii;.$HffiJil?l :.i#::h,ff?id'
                                                                                            "$i,r:J"1"""'"i
                                                                                            ;ll,Hfi
                                                                                                 sffi??iri:H1T'""T4ig1yl6i'.iiTi1"T:H},,tffi
                                                                                            cau.scoflhe                      --               ffi;*
                                                                                                                 rtrxcs' will be held on course'smain
                                                                                                      configurarion rraci.
                                                                                                                 ofthc
                                                                                            . unoera rreemarkedwirh a largenurn_
                                                                                                                                                          *   narnctroncs,
                                                                                                                                                                     litc
                                                                                            ffiff;'S#Lffi'rigli,l;;;;lt- i
                                                                                            nled by his g-randdaughter
                                                                                                                    Emrr-
                                                                                                                                  'i          Gord ,t c-hrtn didn't mateTbuch
                                                                                                                                              ^lj."f 8nd
                                                                                                                                              wrc and.sirrarchann
                                                                                                                                                         sIlrcr didn'r
                                                                                                                                                                    mare   iLbur
                                                                                                                                                                           iI, bul
                                                                                            *,ay,
                                                                                                prepa1i   ro." ,'ir,t--*i1,i,jllil"          thal's
                                                                                                                                                  onlymrdcrormorc   cnrries a
                                                                                                                                                                           and-
                                                                                            naireiriri'ry.ir onl;.1;T;;':"-;i:i              bisgercompctilivc
                                                                                                                                                             nao,"l*nsoisrii.-
                                                                                            and-a-sirteenthfourrhrace.                       _ tnc race i3 nrmcd for William R.
                                                                                                                                                                      -wii'wii
                                                                                                                                             fryve5, a_wcatrhysocirtite.
                                                                                                                                             !1p93-UyCornetiuiVanO"rtilr' orfrc",
                                                                                                                                                                       rnO
                                                                                                                                             lil'."#J:"Hifittc rrntPreridcnt
                                                                                                                                                                         or
                                                                                                                                                   lh" rp:r"rs      Brtrcn, Nick Zro,
                                                                                                                                             ^ff                _Bob
                                                                                                                                             f?.}v"yn" Lukas,  JotrnKimnrclandDevid
                                                                                                                                                        ar.nols
                                                                                                                                            ::yiir, racing,r    odrcrspreparc rhir,
                                                                                                                                                                              for
                                                                                                                                            summer              biggcstraccof all, rhe
                                                                                                                                            cmss-prcmolion   Uraspiring  bctwccn to*n
                                                                                                                                            :T^T-.-TTk has
                                                                                                                                            rrrce tastsunday
                                                                                                                                                               rcrhed r feverishpirch.
                                                                                                                                                               ancmoon,  conccni fec-
                                                                                                                                            uvats,  benefibandbrils havebccnhctd
                                                                                                                                            a||overtown-
                                                                                                                                            *':1ll;l!..f##'#:lil'",lfJff;
                                                                                                                                           ,tlq1,:lnd menyof 0nsc who mrlc rfietr
                                                                                                                                           -l.v_r:rg reitrS ut rlrtady tookingfor-
                                                                                                                                                  Jror1:
                                                                                                                                           ;;""1';r"T:                 Inont
                                                                                                                                                                           mect
                                                                                                                                                 goa
                                                                                                                                                     Smtr'i
                                                                                                                                                       14l|qsca up herc,but fc rlrc
                                                                                                                                           ._--t-veweeks
                                                                                                                                           rsslrw.o       of ls oi"t, fm rcrlty noi
                                                                                                                                                       rTilq rlur much,"fim Kerry
                                                                                                                                           9:,'j8..19.1*
                                                                                                                                           ;3* oi|l          sh horsei
                                                                                                                                                              iPPing
                                                                                                                                                  ffif|j1ffi
                                               SATAI'OGAINTf,EMOn'lItr{G.                                                                  -^1.'I :.nlly-lgokin_gfaward ro 8cfling
                                                                                                                                           Itcx lo l,(lngIshn4'he srid. "Sir-wccti
                                                                                                                                           rsI tong timclo bcrw!y..
THn:WESTBURY
          Tnnns SPOR                                                                                                                                                      S
It All Be insin theStartin Gate
             By DanlelJ. Mc€ue
  It is a moment of intens€anticipation.
  Like the crack of the bat that precedesa
home run belted inao the upper decks of a
baseball stadium, the sound of the starting
gate slamming open at Belmont Park in
                                                                                                BTLilO|\|T
                                                                                                     r'{NI    .l|*'
Elmont is the soundof promise.
  Until that moment, a strangemixture of
control and a touch ofchaos reign.
                                                                                                        iE*i5
  As long as48 hoursbefoe any given race,
Jim T5isirages,a strting gate foreman,has
beennuking notationsaboutfte cornpetittrs
in the racing prcgram that will serve as a
guidebookfor 0r rrc dayb activities.
  Taking their cue from those notations, a
form of choreography,really, tlre 12 mem-
bers of the gaie crew will fall into as-
signed roles, according to each horse's
temperament.
   Then comes lhe noment best describ€d
as a moment out of time. That moment
when the track's public addresssystem
crackles to life and it's announcedthat the
"horses arEat the post."
   From here on in, thc plan - to get the
horses,mostly 2 and 3 yearsold and often
weighing close to two tons - into the
long metal gate and on their way, is sus-
ceptible !o all mannerof surprises.
   On one recent weekend, a horse reared
up and threw its rider, In Saratogathis
summer, one crew member, William
"Whiy'' O'Boyle, was kicked so hard in
the garc that he misseda week of work. A
few membersofthe crcw have even been
run over by their chargesas the horses
sprinted for the finish line.
     So it should come as no surprise then
that the last few secondsin the starting
gate are subalytenseones,with horsesfid-
geting nervously in their confining stalls
and membersof $e gate crew shouting
Progressrepofts to tlF starler.
   "Wait. Wait. We're not ready," one han-
dler yells.
   "Okay, I need a hand over here," yells
another.
   The gate, a dozen stalls wide, bustles
with activity. An insiant however, all of
that actiyity ceases,   erpectant exhilaration
giving way to sudden.stillness       and the
ever distant sound of, a clutch of horses
steadily running away.
   "What you learn pretty quickly out here       BOB DUNCAN (forcarcund)w.tch€. .s the horsesbnr|r from the gstert thc saortof lasl Wednedry'r ttrird nca
is that [stariing a race] is a constantly                                                                                               PhotoebylhniclJ. l[c€m rnd BaL Vdtrnos
evolving process," said Bob Duncan, Bel-
mont's chief starter. on a rtcent Wednes-                                                                                                        ers," the horse men and worrcn wbo ac-
                                -.                                                                                                               company the competiton from the pad-
day 8flernoon at the trrck. ., -
   From where he stood on ilp tnain track                                                                                                        dock !o tlrc startitrg gale weave into view
nine minutes beforc tlrc start of the day's                                                                                                . the crew membcrs converge on the gate
second race, the grandstandwas a r€mote                                                                                                          from a number of directions, After con-
half mile away - so far away that the                                                                                                            sulting briefly with Tsitsirages,Duncan
che€rs lhat greeted the conclusion of the                                                                                                      . positions himself in fmnt of the gatc and
last cont€st sounded as if they were ema-                                                                                                        peers through the bars at the horses ap-
nating from clqr across!own.                                                                                                                     proaching him.
   "You do sometimes feel. as if you're                                                                                                             "This ncxt nce, six furlongs, feanues a
playing to the tcleyision audience that                                                                                                          lot of yorrngstem...2-year4d fillics com-
                                                                                                                                        ' . paing for a
watchesthe simulcast rather tlnn thc folks                                                                                                                     $31,0 prse," hc said,pnlling
in the grandstand," he said.'Still, I                                                                                                     . '. lbitsirages mtcs fiom his backpocket
wouldn't trade placeswith anybody."                                                                                                                 Referring to the program, w.hich was
   Is this thp colett job in thc world, he's                                                                                             , rnarked.up in red.pen, Duncantxplained
asked.                                                                                                                                           thar tlp notayar€ iDtendcd to pnovidc his
   'It is to rne," he                                                                                                                      .; rren wirh quick thumboail sketch.s of thc
                      laughed.
   But for the longest races at Belmont,                                                                                                      . homeethcy'll conbedcaling wilq,
                                                                                                                                         '          'Wc'U Ltrw
thoserequiring tlrc usc of the entire length                                                                                                '                      ftom bir naa$of fa in"
of track, Duncan's crew is far.removed                                                                                                           stance,whahcr a particular hsrc is a fnt
from the action the garnblersre most i4-                                                                                                ', tirne stader, if thcy bavc a hbtory of get-
ter€stedin - tt|e finish - and rtut sepi-                                                                                               :' ting frglous in'thc
                                                                                                                                                                         !ar, and therpprcxi-
ration is what helps foater the senseofbe-                                                                                                       Inete tirE it will tske to get ercb grqry ol
                                                                                                                                                                                   j * . i:
ing part of a special and unique routilrc.       DlrNCAItl CONSIJIITSWng Jin fwdr.g6.r      the c|r[ rFdt   thc rfriv.l otth. !.d rcaot          hors€siotothegatc,'hesaid             l
   Alrnosr inexplicably, just as the 'outrid-    competitor*                                                                                                ..'.    : ':/. kotttbwiiti:iig.2|)
    20                                                                                      TIMES _OCTOBER9. 1997
                                                                                 THE WESTBURY


    It All Begins in the Starting Gate @onthu,tfmmpogc40)
         Ideally, the veteran startcr said, a"{nem-                                                                                                             willing to follow.you if you lcad them
     ber of the crew will be assigned !o each                                                                                                                   in," Duncan said.
     occupied stall. At the track, as in life,                                                                                                                    Most of the time the bandler vill then
     however, sometimesyou have to make do                                                                                                                      quickly move to tbe left side of tbe lpne
     with what you have.                                                                                                                                        and then step onto a ledge in thc stall, 36
          -foday's
                     a perfect example,' Duncan                                                                                                                 inches above tbe ground; Sometimes,
     said.'We're a little short-handed, it's so                                                                                                                 however, employing t ns€ "holistic" ap
     most critical lhat we have assistantsin the                                                                                                                proach, the handler will stay on the
     stalls with horses that have had problems                                                                                                                  ground with tlrc horse, comfodtrg it uotil
     or exhibited nervousness the past."
                                 in                                                                                                                             the very last moment
         Throughout the loading process, Dun-                                                                                                                      'tsy this point, all your attention is fo-
     can communicates with both his men in                                                                                                                      cused on making sure the horse is pre-
     the gate and the placingjudges back in tlre                                                                                                                parcd for the star!" Roy Witliansoo said.
     grandstandthrough the use of a micro-                                                                                                                      'You have to make sure that they are
     phone he wearsas a tie clasp.                                                                                                                              standing tall, looking down thc tsack. If
          'You see that series
                               of lighc," he said,                                                                                                              they stan to turn lheir beads,y(xt hsve to
     pointing to the bighest box on the Bel-                                                                                                                    rectit! that. If tlFy start to leatr or shift
      mont Park grandstand, "Well, the four to                                                                                                                  their weight awkwardly, you balveto get a
      the left are floodlights, aimed at the fin-                                                                                                               handle on that loo.'
      ish line. The red light, located all the                                                                                                                     *It's a lot of activity in a very shct tirne
      way to the right, is what tells us we can                                                                                                                 f1ame, and paramount above evcrything
      start the race.                                                                                                                                           else is safay... whetber it be the safety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      '
          "After I indicate that the horses have                                                                                                                the horse, thedder. orlhe crcw.'
      been successfully loaded in the gate, lhe
      placing judges will turn rhat light on,
      Once we get that signal, we usually let the
      horsesgo within a minute or so," Duncan
      explained.                                                     TSITSInAGES CONSTRUCTS pcrfccl sfootbdt plry.'
                                                                                                   th
          What makes life on the g.te crew so
     .challenging for the men who work there is
      thu they're really performing two all-im-
      portant tasks at once, attempting to calm
      the animals down while alrc ensuring that
      they are alert and ready to go when the
      gate flies open.
           *I think one
                          of the most important.
      things you can do in that regard is spend a
      litlle tirn€ with the hones beforc they get
      into the gate," said Bobby Scabb, who
.     works both for the gate crcw and for the
      United Puett Crmpany, which leasesBel-
      mont's starting gates to the New York
      Racing Association.
          "A lot of times, as the horsesapproach
      the gate, you'll see us walk out to meet
      them. By doing thar you not only familiar-
    , ize the horse with your.Oucb, but you can                                                                                                                      The insiant thc starting gate ir tbrown
      begin to feaEsufe them and that.helps                                                                                                                       open, the rnen in the stalls makc a cou-
    . ward off any number of problems." 1...                                                                                                                      ple ofquick moves. tust as th€ horss b€-
    . "Il's about trust," explained Roy. ._                                                                                                                       gins to bolt out of the gate,.they lifi
      Williamson, another member of th€ gal€                                                                                                                      their lead leg so as not.to;imp€de the
    , crew. "In those few moments before a                                                                                                                        horse orjockey.
    . racc, what you hope to do is open a line of                                                                                                                . At the samc time. he'll removc his band
    'conununication with the hcse you're han- .
                                                                                                                                                                 .from tlre lrorse and raise it up high, ro that
    'confidence you want is for them to have
      dling. What                                                                                                                                                 the various officials overseciog a given
                    in you and for them to believe                                                                                                                race carr 6oe that thc horso'wasn't iUer-
    . that they won'i get hun when they are in                                                                                                                    fered with in thc gate.            :.
      your hands.                                                                                                                                                    Between racesJim TSitsirages in bis
                                                                                                                                                                                                      rio
          "That's why I like ro wqk with the ba- :                                                                                                                off road vehicle and transfers information
      bies and the rough horses," Williamson                                                                                                                      from one plac€ - that na*ed up racing
    .continued. 'I feel trenendous satisfaction                                                                                                                  program - to amtlter, a plain whitc shcet
      from gaining a difficult horso's confi-                                                                                                                    ofpaper upon which hc's dtqyqo,agrid for
      dence. When you see a horse that's green                                                                                                                   erch race.
     and scared.,. Well, I liken it to a kid                                                                                                                         'I'm working.off
                                                                            Tm MOMENT AI'TER enothcr perfeetolert-                                                                       a couple of consiG
      whoee been thrown into a swinuning pool                                                                                                                    erations," he said. *First ofall, I'm
      who doqsn't know how to swim, It's that       enclosed area, so we'll open the front of    another aspectof the starting ga!e: any-                        looking at the past perforornces of the
      same kind of panic... and my mle is to        the gate until they're inside. Sonre horses  thing that helps a horse, we'll do... so                        horses, looking at how thcyi.y€ per-
     make that panic go away."                      we even have io back into the gate,"         long as it doesn't impede the other                             formed in the gate previously.-,Tben, I'm
          "Anything can happenin the gate,"            Perhaps the most famous'difficult"        horses."                                                        looking to see which cre.w.Bcmbefs
     Scabb said.     'A horse                                                                                                                                    have worked with them, Oecing. I can
                               can flip over, drag  horse on the circuit today is the John          O t h e r , l e s s r a d i c a l a p p r o a c h e st o                                            if
    'you over in the ga!e, but the one thing you    Kimmel trained Song of Africa, a horse       dealing with problem horses include                             match the horses with people they have
     can never show is fear. The less worried       who once reacted so viblendy to the late     blindfolding them as they approachthe                           a rapport with. From there, I just fill in
     you are about things, the more seitled tlF     that it was feared her careerwas doomed.     gate - "Some horses are fine once                               the blanks.
     horse will be."                                   For help, Kimmel turned to Monty                                                                              'Hopefully," he
                                                                                                 they're loaded, but can't walk in if they                                            said, drawing the per-
         According to Duncan, an Elinont.na-        Roberts, author of the best selling Tie      see what they are walking in to," Dun-                          fect analogy, 'Vhat I have whcn I'ui done
     tive whose father was a trainer at Bel-        Man Who Ustens To llorres, who theo-         can said - and instolling plastic parti-                        is somethinglike a play in footboL. r
     mont Park, the key !o being a successful       rized that Song of Africa believed the                                                                          'You hope that
                                                                                                 tions betweenthe stalls "for those hors-                                             the play goes the way
     member of the starting gate crew is re-        gate was attacking her flank every time      es who do better when they can't see                            yori plsnned in every single rhce, but
     membering that each horse has a distinc-       she entered it,                              their company."                                                 when fate doesn't cooperat€, you rcally
     tive personality.                                 The remedy? A cloak made of carpet           Over the course of this particular after-                    rely on the crew's ability to stay loose and
          'As with people, you
                                 have to learn to   rcmnants that is attachedto the back of      noon, the number of competitors in each                         cover whatever's falling apart" .: "
     deal with hon€s as individuals," he said.      the starting gate and slips off as the htrse race varied fiom as few as five to as many                         Had hc ever bccn completely surpdsd
         'What you'rc
                         looking for in each case   makesher break.                              as.12.Prior to eachmect, the routine fol-,                      by somethingthat happenedat lbe starting
     is lhe least tssumatic way to geatbem into     .  "[Roberts] actually came up to Saratoga lowed by the gate crew varied little,                             gate?Tbilsirageslaughed.
'                                                                                                                                                                   'Surprised," hc
     the gate. For instance. sorne horses will      to se€ us this past summer and gave us          As they move into the gate, the han-                                             sai{. -It s€cmslikc I'm
     only walk ino tl4 gate if tlrcrc u€ no oth-    some really good insights into what he       dlers would turn to face each horse,                            always waiting to expereirce thc next sur-
     er horses in therc, so we'll have the out-     cre3ted," Duncan s8id.                       usually offering them a reassur.ipS                   pat     . pris€ al the gatc.- ytltt nev€( kmw-whcn
    .rider send thern to us alreadof the rcst of       Asked how it's worked, Duncan said,       on the nos€. "The reason we do it that                          something wiu hsppen that you'vc nevcr
     the field. Olrcrs prefer not to walk into an   "very, very well," adding'it shows you       way is because the horses are more
                                                                                                                                                                rynbeforc."
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                                                                                        TTMES JULY3I. 1997


      SavingAn Indusfiy 6**n^*i,t
,         Though Bochnak contends that no one         'This year
                                                                   we'd like to soe purse money
      seems willing or able to requirc accurate       in New York State climb ro $i00,fiD,00d. ;.
      <lalareponing of money flowing thmugh-          That's not just a nice number, it's indica-::
      out the horse racing industry, he maintains     tive of the direction we want to move in.'f .
      that if the day came that it was required,         [The current purse total is just under
      purse amounts could be brought up to            $90,000,mo.1                .
      roughly equal to owner expenditules,               The New York RacingrAssociatibn's .
      making racini a far better investment ve        Albany lobbyist, William Crowett; could ; .
      hicle and improving lhe sport as a whole.       not be feached for comment on either:.t,
'         "Becauseafter.all, the owners are lhe-      NYRA's position or Bochnak's cpmmints,
      only investors in the game and if they                                          '.
                                                      despiteseveralphonecalls. ..ir ;.',' it
      don'l g€t an adequarcre-turn,ttren they ari        TerenceMeyocks, presidentand chief .:"
      not going o continue to invest.                 operating oflii:er of the New York Racing
          '"That's
                   why pune levets determine ev-      Association, said he's also not been able
      erything in this industry- Because they
.     represent the letunt on investment, they
      determine the number of horses in thL
.     Iitd, the quality of horses,eVerything."
'        That's one reason, racing iniiders say,
      why lracks outside of New York State -
     in Delawarc, for instance,where track.rc-        the deadline..for,an extension:ofr.the:
     ceipts have been bumpcd up astrenomi-            NYRA franchisd,, Heirther Benrcti said
     cally by slot machini revenues- are              she's ye1 1o heai of a single party that
     prospering while ours languish.                  would like to take over the racing opera-
         'It's not
                    even an intellectual question     tions in Netr York State. Her boss. State
     any more," Bochnak said. .Owners' wal-           Senator.  Larkin,'has said essentially the
'    les will tell them how they're doing. For
     insulnce, in Kentucky, purses.aremuch
                                                      samething.
                                                         Steve Bochnad however,ithinks inter- .
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     higher and the costs'associated      with get-   estedparties are just bidding their.time, :: '   NASSAUCOuNff EXDCUTM Thonrr S. cubarq (cenrer)rcccotb dcndcd rt Nrsru
     ting a horse on the track are 60 perc-ent        -Think about                                 '   Ccrtrg Polhelhportment Promotbor Cercnony hoH * tbc n;estburyi*rA" fdr. f"hgco;
                                                                     it " he said.,.Who wouldn't
                                    .If I cin
     less. So people are saying,               eam    like to run New York racing? The thiog is, ,     gntulrtcd on h! appolntmrDtto ihe nnh of derirfivc crptein to aauiy lnspeclorb L.;tE
     more money and it.costs rne less to do it,       nobody's going to come forward and try '         w. Muhrcyof wcrtbury..ArcoJoining mrnty c,rcordvcan t-n: i2td Didrrct Lcrbrrtbr. po-
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     why am I here?'                                                                                   tcr Schnltt;?th Dl*rlc l*glshtor, Bnrcc Blatemm; and NCPDConoeCmcr. OdirU r;.d.
                                                      !o comlete with the NYRA as long as the
         "A decadeago, if you looked at a com-        franchiseis solidlj theirs.        ,1'' '
     parison of earnings, at a list of the top 20,
     80 percent of those listed werc New York-           ]No*,  if lhe governor is forced to ap                               Callfor FosterHomes 1,
                                                                                                                                                   ,:.
                                                      point e committee in Seprcmberand lhey .            St. Christopher-Ottilie urgeirly.needs loving foster famities Olopen tlrcir hcarts
     ers or New York-based.Now tlrey proba-
',                                                    do open the franchise up to competition, I        and homes to..children of all ages and races, including emotionally,disturbed chil-
     bly make up no mofe ttr,anl0 percent of          think you'lf see several interested parties .
     that list.                                                                                         dren, sibling groups, adolescentsand teenagemothers and their babies. Extensive
         '"That'sthe problem                          come forward and vie foi ia. You could.                                                  ;':,
                                                                                                        tsainingandsupportprovided.
                                that we've been            together a group of investors in a
     trying to address," the loblyist corrtinued.                                                         Iryo-u can rreii and rorinlotmation on upcoming training,ptasecaircl4os.
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              . ready exist, rnd thiogs like the virtual totc';..      NYRA is trying out a rubscribcr-bascd
                .boad crist, and lhe fact is that the cotrF: I         systcm thu will oly egpt the wigcrs of
                 puter you call to place a bet through a [             20 registeredmcrnber, :i i: .
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              ' encebetweena phone call and a
                                                   computer;,          system," the NYRA'r lilcloctJraid.;"tsc-
                 call becausc the internet travels along-'"            cause of thc small numbers involvcd in
                .phone lincs. So the argument made by .                the tesa,rye blvcn't realty gonc bcyond
                 people pushing for more access!o wager.jlj .          tbe basic mecbanicsof tbc thiry. :1 :
               ..ing services od the intffnet is that it's ali"+,         _."We don't even bow how rry€olE dr-
              . Fody Possible.It's already there."            it,.     ti""a from that wagering,will bc itfurcoi-
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               i tNinir8 to inteflEt wagaing could be pur of .         talking about are pcoqlbilf rbc r€sults of
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                                                                                      THE WESTBURY TIMES _ JULY 24. I99?



 NYRAFranchise for Renewal se
            up          This ptember
                By Daniel J. McCue
                                                                                                                                                                    bredracetracksil runs.
     With lawmakers Albany conrlnuing
                           in                                                                                                                                           Asked about such a deal, Mr. Alfano
 to while away the days and wecks withou'i
 c,oming to terms on a new stale budget, a                                                                                                                          said that at this point such talk is only
                                                                                                                                                                    talk. "Racing issuesare really among the
 deadline looms thar could significintly
                                                                                                                                                                   last to be rcsolved, taking a back seat to,
 impact the Belmont Race tra;k, one of
                                                                                                                                                                   among other pressing issues,considera-
 westernNassau's         largestemployers.                                                                                                                         tion of how many prison cells we need
    The delay in crafling a statefiscal plan
 - which has taken a back seat in recent                                                                                                                           and welfarereform.
                                                                                                                                                                       "I'm certain that this hasn't gotten the
 weeks to battles over the continuationof
                                                                                                                                                                   attentionit deserves this time. and that
                                                                                                                                                                                                    at
 rent contol and the proposed partial state
                                                                                                                                                                   none of theseproposalsyou're talking
 takeoverof LILCO - comesat a critical
                                                                                                                                                                   about have been seriously consideredat
 time for the New York Racins Associa-
                                                                                                                                                                   this point."
 tion, which was established 1955 to      in                                                                                                                           Told of the scenarioas outlined by this
 overseethe Belmont,Saratoga, Aque-        and                                                                                                                     newspaper,State SenatorMichael Tully,
 duct racetracks-
                                                                                                                                                                   who representsBelmont Park as part of
    In 1983, the associationwas granted a
                                                                                                                                                                   the SeventhSenatorialDistrict, said cate-
 l7-year franchiseto continuerunning the
                                                                                                                                                                   gorically, "If an expansion the video       of
 stat€'s three principal thoroughbred
                                                                                                                                                                   lottery is includedin any agrccment                      for
tracks. Unless the legislaturevotes to ex-
tend that franchise- a vote that would                                                                                                                             I t h e e x t e n s i o n ] ,t h e n I ' m g o i n g t o b e
                                                                                                                                                                   againsl    it."
be part and parcel of a larger budget
                                                                                                                                                                       James    Sherry,aide to the Mr. Tully, said
qgreement- the processof putting that                                                                                                                              to vote for a measurethat included the
l r a n c h i s eo u t t o b i d w i l l b e g i n t h i s                                                                                                         video lottery component"would not be
September.                                                                                BELMONT PARK IN ELMONT.                                                 consistent      with Senator         Tully's record."
    According to AssemblymanThomas
                                                                                                                                                                       "The fact is, over the years he's even
Alfano, whosedistrict encompasses                    the     cycle is still really anyone'sguess."           keepingclose to their vests,video lottery            opposedmeasures                 that would allow vol-
Belmont Park facility in Elmont, ,.there's                     With the legislators    otherwiseoccupied,    terminals would be allowed to be placed              unteer fire departmentsto hold 'bell jar
nothing significant to report at this time,"                 hashingout the future of the NYRA has           at racctracks.                                       raffles' as a fund-raising event," Mr.
in regardto a franchiseextension.                            beenlargely left to key aidesand industry          In return, off-track-bettingcorporations          Sherry said. 'fie senator,                just as a matter
    "In fact my sources- and with the                        insiders,sources    said.                       would be allowed unlimited simulcastins              of philosophical principal, opposesany-
Byzantineway things are doneherein Al-                         Reportedlyon the tableat this point is a      rights for in- and out-of-slaterace tracksl          thing that will make it easierfor peopleto
bany, 'sources' is the right word - tell                     three-way deal that if adopted would be         And in rcturn for agreeingto the granting            gamble."
me that that portion of the budget hasn't                    one of the most sweepingracing deals            of thoserights, the NYRA would be                         Muddying the mix at this point is an
even been printed yet. So whether or not                     madein New York Statein years.                  granteda seven-year    extensionto its fran-         Associated Press report contending that
the extension will go through this fiscal                      Under that deal, which lawmakersare           chise here and at the two other thoroush-            while the association May was trumpet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in
                                                                                                                                                                  ing pulling in $3.6 million lasr year -

    Fleet
        BankLaunches
                   community
                           Service
                                 Program                                                                                                                          marking the first lime since 1990 that its
                                                                                                                                                                  balancesheetwas in the black - it failed
                                                                                                                                                                  to disclose$54,368,709 debt ir owes roin
   ,"HiTffJ,'',ffi:4ili3$\"1t'li,i
   help improve their local communities
                                                                                                                                                                  the state's ThoroughbredCapital Invest-
                                                                                                                                                                  ment Fund.
                                                                                                                                                                       That fund was createdin 1983as a pub-
   this summer,as part of the secondannu-
                                                                                                                                                                  lic benefit corporation for the NYRA so
   al Fleet AII-Stars program, an initiative
   which rewardschildrenand young adults                                                                                                                         that it could get funds to improve its
   for their involvementin communitv ser-                                                                                                                        tracksat a reducedinterestrate.
   vice programsin the Northeast.                                                                                                                                     Through a complex agreement reached
                                                                                                                                                                 in Albany nearly two decades                  ago,monies
     This year, the Fleet-sponsorcd           prograrn
   will financially rewird comhu-nity                                                                                                                            from simulcastingand other track rev-
   groups with more than $300,000in chari-                                                                                                                       enuesarc routed into a dedicatedcapital
   table donations,as well as appearances                                                                                                                        improvement fund instead of being direct-
   from some of the region's most famous                                                                                                                         ed into state coffers.
   athletes,including New York Yankee                                                                                                                                 If the fund's revenuefor any year is in
   D e r e k J e t e r ,O l y m p i c G y m n a s t D o -                                                                                                        excess     of$10 million, it is supposed be            lo
   minique Dawes,New York Liberty Re-                                                                                                                            rElurnedlo the stateand to stai6taxpayers,
   becca Lobo, membersof the Buffalo                                                                                                                             though that objective has rarely if ever
   Bills and BostonCeltics,BostonRed Sox                                                                                                                         been realized, in part, becausethe fund
   Mo Vaughn, former Boston Bruin Cam                                                                                                                            has been dried out by the NYRA'S
   Neely and PGA Golfer Brad Faxon.                                                                                                                              frequentloans,accordingto BennettLieb.
     "The Fleet AII-Star program is a great                                                                                                                      man, of the New York State Racing and
   way to motivate kids to participatein                                                                                                                        WageringBoard.
  community serviceprograms,"said John                                                                                                                                Though neitherKennethNoe, Jr., chair-
  Buran, Fleet Bank ExecutiveVice Presi-                                                                                                                        man and chief executiveofficer of the
  dent. "We want to encouraqe             children in                                                                                                           New York Racing Association, nor Ter-
  New York, New Jersey ai'd New Eng- NEW YORK YANKEE Derek Jeter and Olymplc Gold Medol Gymnast Dominique                                                       ence Meyock, the association's                    president,
  land tojoin togetherandpitch in to make Drwes r€cently teem€dup with studentsfrcn Ps *cr to transfom e grafiiti coveredwall                                   could be reachedfor comment, NYRA of-
  a differencein their communities."                      into a painted mural in thc school'splayground.The studentswill eiter their prcject in                ficials had told the AssociatedPressthat
     Expanded throughout the Northeast in the trlcei {ll-S-hrs Prygrom, r community s€nic! initirtiv€ designedto lnspire a-ndre-                                they were not required to pay off the debt
   1997, the Fleet All-Stars athleteswill                 werd }its for improving aheirnelghborhoods.    This year, Fleet All.Stan will award more              this year becauseof special legislation ex-
  work to encouragekids from New Jersey than $3{Xl,0fil_to                   kids and young odults thrcughmt New york, New Jerseyand New Eng-                   emptingthem until the next fiscal year.
  to Maine to becomeactively involved in                  land for their involvementIn mmmunity lmprovemena     rclivities.                                           Such reports have prompted some to
  community serviceprojects.                                                                                                                                    call on the state to open the franchiseto
     More than 20,000 youth groups from New England participated over 250 commitmentthat represents estimated
                                                                                         in                                              an                     competitivebidding. However the NYRA
  parks and recrcationdepartnrents, Boy activities.
                                             0re                                                         1,300,fi)0hours of availablevolunteer                  reportedly has several key political allies,
  & Girl Scous, Boys 6Lcirts Clubs, Bi!                      The program will run through Aug. time through the year 2000. In addirion,                         among them State SenateMajority kader
  Brother/Big Sisterorganizations othen    and             15. Those organizationsinterestcdin Fleet will contribute more rhan $6 mil-                         Joseph       Bruno.
  throughout Ndw York, New Jersey,Mas- learningmore aboutor participating                           in lion over the next tluee yearsin support                      For his part, AssemblymanAlfano ex-
 sachuselts,Rhode Island, Connecticut, this year's prcgram can obtain informa- of community basedorganizations                                                 pecS the franchise question to be resolved
                                                                                                                                                     that
 New Hampshireand Maine arc invited to tion by calling l-80G391-9781,visiting h e l p A m e r i c a ' s y o u n g p e o p l e l e a d                          in the near,rather than far off, future.
 register to win numerous$10,000 first                    any Fleet Bank branchor visiting Fleet'i healthy,                                                          '.Now
                                                                                                                 fulfillingandproductive      lives. .                        that Assembly SpeakerSheldon
 place and $5,fi)0 secondplace prizes as web site at http://www.fleet.com.                                Fleet FinancialGroup is a $81.7 bil-                 Silver has indicated that he will support
 well as a visit fiom Fleei All-Scarsathle@s                 Fleet All-Stars is one of severalinitia- lion diversified servicescompany listed                  rhe LILCO/LIPA deal, I think we'll know
 for their development          and completionof          tives underwayby Fleet Bank in supporr o n t h e N e w Y o r k S t o c k E x c h a n g e             in a few days whether the requisile mo-
 community service projects that display a of the "call tb action to service" issued (NYSE:FLT). Fleet's lines of                                              mentumhas beenbuilt up lo passa fiscal
                                                                                                                                             business
 visible, Iasting demonstrationof volirn- by PresidentClinton at the presidents' includecommercial                                                             plan which will include somedecisionon
                                                                                                                               and consumerbank-
 teerism and teamwork in the community. Summit For America's Future. Fleet ing, corporatefinance,
                                                     -                                                                                                         the futurc of NYRA's franchise.
                                                                                                                                    mortgage bank-
 Third placewinnerswill receive$2.5{D.                    grants each full-time employee two days l n g , l n v e s t m e n tm a n a g e m e n t a s s e t -
                                                                                                                                                 ,                  "Call me an oprimist, but I'm hopeful
    In 1996,the inauguralyear of the pro- per year of paid time away from work to basedlending, insurance                                                      that we'll be able to coast to a budget
                                                                                                                                        and student
 gram, more than 8,000 kids throughout v o l u n t e e rf o r c o m m u n i t y s e r v i c e s .   a loanprocessing.                                          agreementsometime soon," Mr. Alfano
                                                                                                                                                               said.
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            Tnrnns
                 SPORTS
 TheJockey's
          Life
                     By Daniel J. McCue
  _ with the temperaturehovering at 90 degreesand the
  humidity making the air appearas thick as butter,Jockey
 JorgeChavezlooked at the horsesgathered        beforehim in
  the paddock and ponderedtheir shareddiscomfon.
     "When the weathergels like this, it's hard on us, but I
  feel especiallybad about the horses,"he said as he stood
 beneath a tall shade tree awaiting his next ride. ."There's
 just nothing you cando."
    ,Chavez'swords, though sincere,were accompanied        by
 a bit of unintended  imny. While he and his fellow jockeyi
                                       -
 in lhe third race last Wednesday Chris entt6y, edit
 Teator, Mike Smlth, and Chris DeCarlo - all had to trv
 and.stay cool while attired in riding boos, padded panti,
 a rib protector, jacket and helmet (not to mention under-
 garments), their horses were carefully pamperedby a ret-
 inue of handlerswhosejob it was to feep them comfort-
 able and fresh.
     "Okay Jorge,let's go," said the assistant  trainer of On
 The Tree Top, the three-year-old filly he was to ride in the
 upcoming six furlong race (about three-quarters of a
 mile).
    Just as his horse, followed by Stylish Encore, How
 About Now, Doublerose and Sunshine Janie reached the
 tunnel that connectsthe paddock area to the race track
 proper, a bugler's fanfare blared. Within minutes the
 4'l0" tall Franklin Squareresidentand those competing
 against him would be barreling around the track as fast as     JORGE CHAVEZ, one of Belrnont Park's busiest and most popular jckeys,                       awrits his next ride in the shrde of e tru h the
 their mountscould take them.                                   paddmk arta.                                                                                                      photm by Danlel J. McCue
    Becauseof the nature of the sport, where a particular
 horse may run once every two weeks and the big name                 "The only way to really identify with it - heck, the
 animalsare alwaysthe most transient,it is most often the        only way to learnto ride the racesat all - is to ride them.
jockeys peopleroot for during a visit to Belmont Park.           To me, a goodjockey is very athletic,very brave,doesn't
    Thein is a fraternity,as closeknit if not closerthan any     worry too much about getting hurt, and has to be ready
 at the rack, lhat's almostconstantlybeing measured, it  be      everyday to come out and perform. Becausewe don't
 by weight, by wins, or by pursemoneyearned.       And while     havea set season in othersports.We raceall year.
                                                                                             as
its supemtars,riders like Pat Day, Jerry Bailey, Chris Mc-           "I often say,I don't have ajob; I have a way of life,"
Carron,and Gary Stevens       might not be identifiablein ev-    Migliore added.
ery household,   they're at the centerof a multi-billion dol-       Like the vast majority of her colleagues,                    Jockey Diane
lar sporting enterprise all the same.                            Nelson's desire to pursueher professiongrew out of an
    "It ls like a fraternity, and I think among the reasons      a f f i n i t y s h e f e l t f o r h o r s e s .A t 5 ' 6 " , h o w e v e r , t h e
why is, peoplehave a hard time relating to what we do,"          Rockville Centrenative who now residesin Woodbury,is
said Jockey Richard Migliore, of Floral Park.                    on the tall side for a jockey, a fact of her life she once
    'Every kid picks
                      up a bat and ball when they're growing     fearedwould keepher out of racing.
up; but how many take off acrossa grassyfield on the back           "I rcally did worry, initially, that I might be'roo big ro
of a horse?' he continued. "Most people identify with ath-       do this, but while I did get tall, relatively speaking, nev-              I
Ietes in other sports becausethey've had some fund of ex-        er got heavy...       and that madeall the difference."
periencewith the game.Our professionis dilferent,                   "This is something I wanted to do my whole life," she
                                                                 confided,"I love to ride and couldn't standthe thoughtof
                                                                 not doing it and not working with the horses."
                                                                    That passion led Nelson to seek work on a number of
                                                                 horse fanns in Florida, which in turn led to her meeting
                                                                 training Dom Imperio. It was Imperio who asked her to
                                                                 ride her fimt profespional            racein 1986.
                                                                    Since then, in rhore than 7,900 career starts, she,s                               CHRIS ANTLEY oborrd the Nlck Zito-tralncd Sunshine
                                                                 placed either win,'place or show nearly 3,000 times.                                  Jmie.
                                                                 Among the highlights of her career are six stakeswins
                                                                 aboard the New York-bred mare lrttsa Talc in 1995, and                                aftemoonon this day.
                                                                 sevenwins in a row aboardBoom Townerin l99l-92.                                         As sometimeshappens,the jockey's race day got off
                                                                    In 1987,her first full yem as an apprenticejockey,                         she     to a fast start, with a ride in the first, but it would be al-
                                                                 won 209 races,placing her secondin wins amongwomen                                    most two-and-a-half hours before her next ride, in the
                                                                jockeys that year.In 1991,shewas the third leadingwom-                                 ninth. She spendsthe "spare time" watching most ofthe
                                                                enjockey over all, capturingpursestotalling$ 1,874,843.                                day's races, lingering over lunch, and watching a little
                                                                   Still, she said, enjoying successas a jockey never                                  television.
                                                                meanshangingyour hat in one placefor very long.                                          One of the most productiveways to pztss aime,is to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the
                                                                   '"The                                                                              pour over the racefan's bible, The Daily RacingForm.
                                                                               thing about being a jockey is you never get set
                                                                into an ordinary routine," she explained.                       "We all have             "If you know how to read it, it tells you a lot about the
                                                                agentsand that helps us get work, but beyond that, you're                             horsesthat run here. Particularly important is seeing how
                                                                constantlytrying to promoteyounelf.                                                   different horsesrun over the course of the race. where
                                                                   "That's why I come in to help work the horse every                                 they were in relation lo the pack at eachpoint in the race,
                                                                moming, several hours before the race day begins. That's                              how fast.lheymoved,and how they finished,"
                                                                how you can get to know the owners and trainers aird de-                                 Just as Nelson's lunch arrived and she disappearedinto
                                                                velop a rapport with them.                                                            the lady jockeys' room, JorgeChavez,a nativeof Catlao,
                                                                - '"The                                                                               Peru, walked into the lounge after winning his second
                                                                               one constana this business ifyou're winning
                                                                                                 in                   is,
                                                                lots of races,they all want you. lt's far more common,                                race of the day.
                                                                however,to ride different horsesall year long, and to ride                               "Get him something to cool him off," the Clerk of
                                                                for differentownersall the time."                                                     Weights said when he saw how overheatedthe jockey
                                                                   As Nelson spoke, she was seatedin a small cafeteria                                was. The other jockey's who'd ridden in the last race
                                                                one floor beneaththe grandstand,off the nondescript hall- . also made their way to the jockey room, throwing off
                                                                way that leadsto the jockey's lounge, lunch service,and                               the owners' colors they'd worn as they headedinto the
DIANE NELSON,who In addltion to boinga wlnnlngJmkey             dressingrooms.It's a comlortablespace,as utilitarian                                  locker room,
ls rtprcsentcd by thc Fod ModellngAgency.                       comfort goes,and it is whereNelson will passmost ofher                                                                          (continued on pogc IE)
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Thg Jockey's                  Life        Gontinudrrcmsponspase)




WHAT m'S ALL ADOUT: Jorge Chavez on thc llr:st of thrce vislts to the wlnner's chcle on    JOCKEY RICHARD MIGLIORE and hls ride, Annulfo (fifth fmm the lad)' werc Just one
July 16. Thls tlme aboard On The lhee Top.                                                 ofthe enaries who mn between lightnlng bolts during last Fridoy's terrifylnS rnd raln-oaked
                                                                                           fourth rrc€. The spatatoB m€anwhile, u ls evHent frcm thls plctur€, had dl run for over.

                                                                                               A few of thejockey's stoppedand clus-       the same time, you can also tell how a
                                                                                           teredarounda televisions€i at one end of        horse feels about that surface. If the horse
                                                                                           the room, to watch a replay of the race         doesn'tlike what you're making him race
                                                                                           theyjust competed    in.                        on, he'sjust not going to go very fast."
                                                                                               '"They like to see what they did right,        Like Nelson,Chavezsaid he's a habitu-
                                                                                           what they did wrong, and what kind of ex-       al reader of the racing form, which helps
                                                                                           cusethey have," laughedone observer.            him to figure out his strategy for the next
                                                                                               Chavez then took a seat, Gatoraid in        race.Armed with all this information,he's
                                                                                           hand,at the tableNelsonhadjust vacated.         away again, heading toward the paddock,
                                                                                               "I had beenracing in Peru for about three   where owners and trainers arc always on
                                                                                           yean beforeI cameto America, and funnily        handto lend their insightsto his effort.
                                                                                                                                              'iI really don't mind their input,"
                                                                                           enough, I had only come here, actually, to
                                                                                           Miami, Florida on vacation," Chavez said.       Chavez said. "After all, it's their invest-
                                                                                           "While here though, a friend asked me to        ment of money or time or energy. And
                                                                                           ride a few racesand I won. That's when I        trainers are usually very good at mapping
                                                                                           got my first check here, and when I saw         out an overall strategy.
                                                                                           how big it was - especiallycomparedto              "The thing is, during the courseof a
                                                                                           the checksin my country - I ligured I'd         race, anything can happen. And that's
                                                                                           betterstay.what is to be, is to be, I guess."   when all the informationI've acquiredre-
                                                                                               In more than 12,972 career starts since,    ally becomes    important."
                                                                                                                                              ' A lot of important information is shared
                                                                                           Chavezhas finishedat or nearthe headof
                                                                                           the pack 5,556 times. He is also one of         before   a race," Diane Nelson agreed."You
                                                                                           only threejockeys to win five raceson a         talk to the riders back at the barn and they
AFTDR THE THIID RACE Wedncsdoy,            a                                               single day this year. The other two are         might say, 'Be careful, this horse doesn't
Frsptulng Mil<eSmlih rve[hc ln to showthat     WINNER OF Tf,E SIX turlong thlrd rsce,      RichardMigliorc and Chris Antley.               like the inside.' The trainer will corne into
hls horsc Stylbh En@Il, dftl indcedcarry thc   Jorje Chevez, wsnts nothlng morc thon a         "When it's hot like this, you have to       the paddock and have something to say
advertlsedweftht olU6 pounds,   four oonw      cool drlnk m he undergas tlrc sme ritual.   watch that you don't get dehydratedand          about how the horse is acting that panicu-
                                                                                           rest when you can," he said. "While I'm         lar day, and you have to factor all that in-
                                                                                           down here I'll watch some of the other          formation into your strategy.
                                                                                                                                              'Thoroughbred horse racing really is a
                                                                                           races.watch the condition of eachcourse.
                                                                                           see how they're running... and basically,       demanding sport, both physically and
                                                                                           I'lljust watchto learn,Because     you never    mentally. You have to be on your game
                                                                                           stop learning,no matter who old you are         sevendays a week, you have to stay fG'
                                                                                           or how experienced get."
                                                                                                                 you                       cused.and in additionto all the olher vari-
                                                                                               "For instance,"he said, gesturingto-        ables we have to deal wilh, our show goes
                                                                                           ward the televisionmonitor. "Say the race       on no matterwhat. We ride in all kinds of
                                                                                           is being run on the grass.Now, for starters     weather."
                                                                                           you'll seethat it's a fastersurfacethan the
                                                                                           tu4 and the turns are a little sharper.At                             (continucd   u   nen pqge)




JOCKEY'S ROBBIE DAVIS rnd RUDY RODRIGUEZ hcod back to thelr dressingrtom as                IMMEIIIATBLY AFIER thclr soaklng run In the fourth, gr.oomsrush out to 3et their
DleneNelsonweighsin. .                                                                     chorgeslnsldein a hur4r.
                                                                                      TIMES . JULY24, 1997
                                                                           THE WESTBURY

     That Nelson was far from exaggerating        problem; someone'sin trouble. Nobqdy
 becameresoundinglyclear just two days            cries wolf," Nelsonsaid.
 later, on Friday. After four days of opp;res-       And so what you see and hear are the
 sive heat,a line of violent thunderstorms.       only things that can keep you out of trou-
 packing deadly lightning and winds that          ble. But, said Jorge Chavez,you have to
 gusted to 60 miles per hour, rolled              balance what you hear with a senseof the
 through the area at mid-aftemoon.                other jockeys' competitive edge.
     The sudden appearance the storms,
                                of                    "Whcn I'm racing, I'm very conscious
 which turned the sky a deep and threaten-        of the horse to my left or my right, and I
 ing gray, camejust as six horses were be-        want to win. no matter how That's how
 ing saddled in the paddock before the            all of us are. It's very competitive," he
 mile-and-one-eighthfourth race. Hoping           said. "Given that, you might hem ajockey
 the rain, falling shortly in sheets,would        yell, 'I can't control my horse.'
 quickly pass, the track announcer passed             "But you've got to look and see what's
 on word that there would be a delay. When        going on," Chavez smiles, "Becauseev-
 the thunder clouds seemedonly to iniensi-        erybodylikes to win."
 fy, a secondannouncement      carne:the hors-       Because of the competitive nature of
 es would proceed directly to the starting        the sport, Migliore said that sometimes
 gate and the race would get under way. As        tempers flair. "It's only natural, I guess,"
 they emergedfrom the tunnel and ran onto         he said. "I mean, I spend as much time
 the turf, lightning struck the ground in sev-    with my fellow competitors as I spend
 eral locations around the track's perimeter.     with my family in any given week...and
     Later, Richard Migliori, who rode in         it's really fierce competition, So some-
 that race. recalled what it was like.                                                             A JAUNTY Mike Smlth lmks on u John
                                                  times it geis heated.                            Valazquez
     'Oh, it was                                                                                           consultswlth wfth hfu next ride's
                  scary,there's no doubt about        "lt's like, what would happenif you          trainen                                         JIJLIO PEZUA ABOURD GEORGE G(L).
 that," he said. "It alwaysis with lightning,     sent two opposing hockey teams back to
 and in the starting gate, to be honest with      the same dressing room after a game?
 you, my horse was prctty spooked.                They'd kill each other, right? But in our
     "To counteract that and settle him                       it's
                                                  business, morc like two old dogs,ini-
 down, the assistanttrainer, who was in the       tially they might get into fights and the in-
 gate with us, and I, talked to him very          clination is to separate   them... but if you
 calmly, patted him a little, and tried not to    let them chew on each other for six
 make any quick moves that would further          months, they'll learn to get along.
 upset the horse.                                     '"The main thing is, once you get Bel-
                                                                                         to
     "You rcally haveto keepyour own fer in       mont as a jockey, you've reached a very
 check in that situation," Mgliore continued.     high level in this sport and everybody re-
 "It's like an airline pilot flying into a bad    spectsthat. We all put our lives on the line
 storm. He doesnt come on the intercomand         everyday in a very dangerousgame and
 say, 'Oh [heck], I'm scared.'He tries to set-    we all respecteachother for that."
 de everybodydown. Sanr thing lrere.                 Jorge Chavez said its best to save the
     "Once the gate opened,riding the actual      competitive firc for the track "lf,nce I'm out
 race wasn't that bad. The visibility was         tlterc," he explained,"tlrre's only one enti-
 okay, and it was just like riding on any         ty, you and your horse.But afterwads, it's
 other soggy fack."                               all nrcsdy friendly. We talk and laugh and
     Even with the lightning?                     play cards.You haveto put the rcst asidefor
     "Well, yeah," Migliore said. "You have       the wo minutesyou'rE on the tsack."
 to look at it this way, if you did get struck       The hardest part of the job, said
 by lightning, you'd never know what hit          Migliore, actually conresnow, as the racing      BETWEEN RACES, BELMONT'S JOCKEYS prss th€ time wrtching tolcvision, phylng
 you. So you just have to s€ttle down and         seasonswitches from home and Belmont             table tennisor blllhrds, or r€ad in this rcc mom In the frclllty's barement
 concentraleon the task at hand."                 and moves upstateto SaratogaSprings.
     Before a more typical race, under sunny         "For all the demandsthe profession            to attenda lot of racing relatedfunctions af-    ternity when he talked about lhe over-
 skies,a jockey is just hoping that he's got      putrson you, Saratogais tough. First of all,     ter hours. It's also much more political than   archingsatisfaction thejob.
                                                                                                                                                                       of
 a good horse beneathhim as they ap-              I live only a mile from Belmont, so I go         the Belmont season,            all
                                                                                                                         because of the own-          "I love what I do," he said "I'm very
 proach the starting gate.                        from a five minute commute to having to          ers come up and you have a lot morc con-        happy, and while winning is the most sat-
    "Basicalls what you're asking dn animal       bring my wife and my children upstate            tact with the people you actually work for      isfying thing in the world, I'm happy no
 to do is go in the gare,break well, andgo the    and having to rcnt a house. And while for        than you do when you ride at Belrnont."         matter how well a race goes.
 distance," Diane Nelson said. "If they'rc        them it's a summer in the Adirondacks,             Despite the demandsof the job, the fre-          "Being a jockey has brought be more
 trained poperly, then riding a race is a lot     for me, I'm in a situationwhere I haveto         quent injuries, and the sometimesyou            successthan I ever expected.I'm doing
 like increasingthe tensionon a rubber band.      work just as hard if not harder.                 win, sometimesyou lose nature of thor-          just what I want to do and that makes me
 You'rc just pulling tlrat rubberband back as        'The six week                                 oughbred horse racing, Jorge Chavez             the happiest I've ever been in my life,"
                                                                                 arc
                                                                      at Saratoga very com-
 far as you can,and then letting it go.           petitive, and as a jockey I'm also expected      summed up the feelings of the jockey fra-       Chavez said.
    '"Ihe question you
                         have to ask yourself
 as you do this is, 'How much horse do I
 have?' Becauseregardlessof the horse,
 they all only have so much in them.
There's only so much in the tank. And if
 you don't time it right, then you can wind
 up making a big move and then suddenly,
 you're done."
    During a race, "You're looking at ev-
 erything going on around you," said
 Richard Migliore, who in 18,656 starts
 has ridden win, place or show 7,275
 times. "People think you're most often
 looking straight ahead, but in reality
 you're relying on a lot of peripheral vi-
 sion, clocking the hors€saround you and
keeping track of their moves."
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the jockey said. Rather, it's instinctive.
'"The ability
                to do that is what makes you
a good jockey, a bad jockey, or someone
who shouldn't be a jockey at all,"
Migliore said. "You have to be sharp and
you have to be able to pnrcess that infor-
mation very quickly."
    And you have to listen lo what your fel-
low jockeys are saying, differentiating the
occasional trash talk from signals from
olherjockeys.
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gpectsth€ danger of what we're doing, so
if you suddenlyhear a lot of yelling, then
that almost always means there's a real                                JocKEY JoE BnAvo rnd hir horse,Eilly Erggard, leevethe troch aier an early oftornoonrrcc.
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         Silver
              Charm's
             I h t
                    Churchill
            AS betnntt
                           Downs          Stakes Nears, a
         Triple CrownCotltender
                              Tikes
         Up Residence FabtedTrack
                     at
                                By DanielJ. McCue
         Hts home sincecaDlurinsboth rhe Kentucky
      lhe Preakness                                                        Derby and
                         Stakei in h"-an_.rppp,ng                 photo finisheshas
      b e e nl h e r e l a r i v e l y s e c l u d e d ' b ' " r ;
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      ChurchittDowns raci rrackin t_ouisvlite,-r!nil;r:'"'""
        Alone in his srable,irs windows covlilo-"".i-iriit
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     Charm^has      tived a tife nor aissimilai rro-niil";.;il#'#:
     er 1,40O    horses   boarded       here-
        But the reality for Roben and Beverly
     .                                                             Lewis, gray colt
    has.been      vastly different fiom nrs rack_mates
    portant respecl_ since enjoying                                       in one im_
                                                          fou, A"y iuy-o-ffiii",
    Ihe Preak_ness,       Sitver Chaini his " been rr"'lnirin f,uJl-,
    pursuirof rhe ever_elusive                 rripte Cio*n,'i'rr;"d;;;"i;
    achievement thoroughbrcd
                      in                        horseracins.
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                                                                     in Elmonr this
    coming Wednesdav. four dayst for.
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    of lris life. Silver Ch]arm's

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                          Neispapers      visited
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   Terry,.ChuThi   ll Downs'direcror r.aiu i.iurioi.]' "",
                                      of
     As Mr, terry spoke, srood lhe.second
                           he         in
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  racing   surface, 300yards
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  ve.1,!l1ann resring a nnmingworkour
               was        afier
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                                            in
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       rery conrinued a smite.
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                 tend           in,a         *r,"i" ii"r;". *
  peatedty   enjoyed  success t ueriiri iriii;J,irii i" sri_
                             and
  ver-Charm's at Churchill
                 case            Downs.
              rwu ur rrxEs s.eeKs lratntng here before the
  ueroy, won that race and the preaknesJ...                                               A drad ringer for Tfiple crown hopefulsilver
                                            and now he,s                                                                               charm slruts
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                 he                                                                       in the paddock area.
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                                                                                  on                    borh    topur
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                                           his -illililtr{ il"#.'rj# ilfi*",l,T1?i,|,?lil;l;1.,1 a palronbeforelhe startol rs"tngon Saruidsy.
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                                                                                              ot
          rn theearly 1870s.                               I                                                                               ai'd
                                                                                watchlhe races          unfoltlon lelevision.
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          oevtsed_a        plan lo prcsentrace niets on a                                                                               along
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                                                                     the          T h i s c o m i n g w e e k ,C h u r c h i l lD o w n s
         esuotrshment rhe track that has hosted
                                of
         rhe Kenlucky Derby for 123 cOntinuous ylll"T. "qlll.bqin rle narionat                                                           spor_
         years. was.reportedin the May'27,                                     rfght,whencNN. thc CBSEveningNiws,
                                                                 lg74          TinteMagozineanrl other media-oullets
         edrtronoI the aoris,tille Courier_flournal.
                                                                              o.ecent.upon facilily to capture
                                                                                                   the                                 Silver
         . Rre fansandhone lovershavebeenmak_ Charm's final hours lrs':r.,pot;nrial
                      ,1*.af ro.nack _ definedfor the ages                                                                             Triple
        llf .t11                                                              Urownwinner-"
        Dyrhe awinspires addedlo rhe Louisviile                                                              'terry
        Jockey                        -                                                            ro Mr.               rhough, key  rhe
                       Club in 1894 eversnLe.                                 .^l:-.gr9ing
                                                                              lo rne luture success ChurchillDowni
             'When                                                                                             of
                          peoplecome here,they wanl to
        get a hste of the__Derby," ferry said.                                                        tracks abitiryro develop                a
        *lhey_want                            Mr.                             :.^tj_up9l,th"
                                                                              n t c n et.n t h e g r o w i l r g, , f a l n i l ye n t e n a l n _
                             to reliveir. Thar'swhyiin ad_ m€nl bllsiness,
        drtion to our racing eventswe estiblished                                                       a niche Belmontpark in
                                                                             tstmont alsobeenatteorpting foster
                                                                                         has                                       lo
       a Kenlucky Derby Museumon the                                                                                                                 I he famous   sprres,consrrucaed Ig94and lggg arelhe fabred
                                                                                                                                                                                      in
                                                                             ror lne pastseveral           ycflrs.                                                                                                               track,s   disrrnguishrng      tearure.
       grgungsr          and ir's why we've kind of re_                          "lt's what the caiirroshavebeendoing
       rratnedlrom making the placeover.                                     --
                                                                             for the pasl several            yearsand we believl
       . . , , : " " r y s o o l t e n .Whye o n ew i l l a s k ,
                                        sotn                                il s thewaveo[ llte frrture              ltereat Churchill
       ..yny.ltg|rexpand?'                     nor get rid of               Lrowns well," Mr Terryexplained.
                                                                                        as
       this old building?:But to most-ofus the
                                                                                "RecenLly, sr{tte Indiana,which
                                                                                                  th€            oi
      queslton-_rcally .If we didn'r have
                                is,                                         ,
                                                                this        Doroers      Kentucky,         pilsscd     legislation
      oro-Dultdlng,          wou_ld-it  reallybe thesame?, wlt                                                                           that
      ror mostFeople, don't rhinkir jwould.,,
                                  I                                                 Ll-olv tor Riverboilr           gamblingin the
                                                                           state," Mr. Terry corrtinueil...No*i in ln_
         ^ l he trackceflainly providesnb shortase d r a n a ,t h e r e ' sb a s i c a l l y w o p l a c e sy o u   t
                        r"
      :.r_:!iT-|lte lhe firsr rime or efen repeir
      vrs[or.                                                                             to.do rhar_ Lrke Michigan                     ind
                           grounds     themselveq      from the            :ll1,q.                   -
                                                                           tne Ohio_River arrdif you're oforating
     paooock                  lo
                       _area the mint julepistandsto                      o-nthe Ohio, rhen you'ie drawihg cusl
     tne g.randsltnds,.are             patron fri*tdly. And               l o m e r s _ f r o mo u t h c r rIrn d i a n a n d - e n _
                                                                                                 s                             a K
                        fronr tine sraff _ Mn. rerry in_                  tuct(y,     the-sarne
     llf.9lJh"                                                                                       plncervt,rlrawa high pr_
                              assigned_  shifis for greiring              centage our palr<lrs
                                                                                        of
     llllld              ir"
     vrsltors. the lrack eachdav.
                     lo                                                                                       frorrr.
                                                                               "Thafs why becorrling enterlainnrcnlln                                              An earlymorningsrrollal lh€ mecca horse
         Inrerestingly, thereis an irjtrusion
                                if                                          ,                                                                                                                                   of          rsclngIn America.
                                                                  of                                                                                n-
                                                                          c h o i c e f o r f a m i l i e s h a s - b e c o m e s o i m pio rg . r e c e i p t s m i g h r b e d o w n a r i t t r e , r o
    m o d e r n i t yi n t h i . sp e a c e f u s e t t i n g ,i l , s
                                                l                                                                                                                                                           n e r - a f r e r w a r de , r e a p a r t o f r o u i s v i r e
                                                                          t a n r .w i r h i n c r e a s c cl( n r n e t i l i o n n r h e
                                                                                                             r                     o               *fi.r, *Jruy. ies, but is ir,r.ti...ii.                                        w.
    t n e c o n s t a n lv i g i l s o m e r a c e f a n J c o n -                                                                                                                                          -'llTh"
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ailtuisvil"isaparroius.
                                                                          horizon,      you haver()rry rrid be pro-acrive we're now
    duct.in front of severalteleviqion                     moni_ andincrease                                                                                      ,6iting,rnor" tot aogs, onj                           thing we,ie seeing now is,
                                                                                               yourtnarketsltare.
    lors in the facilitv.
                                                                          we'redoingat ChurchillDownsat prcsenr.
                                                                                                                           Tirat'swhai             ror" uiitiirri*'iickets      ro the Ke-ntucky havero pray an increasingry-more we
           Il r,tolly in a way," Mr. Terry le_                                                                                                     O"rUy fufur.urn,'unA    ,or"                                                                               signifi-
    _                                                                         "Now' of coursc' it doesnl happen                                                                                            iii, o.n in the lives of iimilies seeting
    m a r k e d ." H e r e y o u c a n w a l k i n t 6 t h e                                                                                         l;i;;;;"*ts,                "on....ionr:1, i.
                                                                                                                                                                            crrurcr,lii-b"o-*ns
                                                                         ovemight"'Mr' Terrv s:rid'"Som-eone                                                                                               iil.uo,nr"n,.           The more rhar chirdren
    grandstand sit lirerally inchesfrom
                         and                                                                                                            re-             rerining;hat itt ar.eo,ryooni'ioi
                                                               the       cently remarkedtha{ottr per capitawager- lusr                                                                                     to*         pqg rime here,rhe more riketl,il
                                                                                                                                                  icores of yeirs. rtl. r.rry irir.iii."rri"i
                                                                                                                                                                                                           i.',i,', " ,u"i, p"r.nrs wi1 havea aood rirne
                                                                                                                                                   o'it'
                                                                         _ t h a l . a s a y o u n g s l e r h e | o v e d r o " o . . i track" i l . ' . , . " .                                          "awhat
                                                                         i#-.                                                      ftnl                  andcollecr   discarded   murualslipsin
                                                                         qtW                                             jtrlf                                          'h,rh"'t.;;;;;;ii;;:;                            we wantis to be lhatotherenrer_
                                                                                                              i                         flj,15l,ill:_"ig trackponies rhey
                                                                                                                                        nourslryrng pel,lhe
                                                                                                                                                                                                           rainn,enr rorramiries, know?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 choice       you
                                                                      b*l                                         6s- IIA                           lo             as                                      w. *nnr rtt"
                                                                      Es-                                         rq l[l                came wilhrherhoroughbreds.
                                                                                                                                             by                                                                                               ,,r"
                                                                                                                                                                                                           we goingro "on"".rui#iiL]Ywiro, .ou,O
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       do ro;i8l;i:';iv;ii *.
                                                                                                                      j al'                           - ..:l     ,,:.:-!.v        us surc .uw             go
                                                                                                                                                                                 ro tne
                                                                      fF
                                                                                                                  !
                                                                                                                  I r ngg
                                                                                                                                        _.._,.-.:
                                                                                                                                        much  money  churchill-Downs inro 3r.... m o v i e Downs.' s e b a l l g a n r e
                                                                                                                                                                 brings
                                                                                                                                                                                            s or the ba
                                                                                                                                                                                   ctrurctril
                                                                      EF|b                                                                              bur vou-rh;nk
                                                                                                                                                          if       atroui'ir, irrose                 Andwewanr
                                                                                                                  t lll                 llf lT.{ Tt-.i,                            Linas conversarions
                                                                                                                                                                                        of              roconrinue
                                                                      lW                                          I    fln              [*:l*5?::,T:]t"L19:[gT,9tF- asrhesechirdrcnlio;il;;,rftil.
                                                                                                                                        tieve imporrant ,"'n"'n;,
                                                                                                                                            it's    *" ar'iavs  ir,i
                                                                                                                                       myriadof roreswepravinthiscommunity.           ;iliilili1,?,ill.?""T
                                                                                                                                                                              :.]ffi ii,
                                                                                                                                                                              Downs if you oon,rstart
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8ff;u,,,
                                                                                                                                                             whocomehlre a;;ii;r';;;,r,iln you,re caterins
                                                                                                                                       . "After alt, rhepeopte                                                     10
                                                                                                                                                                                                         goingro miss
                                                                                                                                       nave buygasandrhey
                                                                                                                                            ro               have buygro- ,,ij J" i,ii.nliliii,g ruture
                                                                                                                                                                   to
                                                                                                                                       ceries, ir's likelyrhey'ilgoourtb lin_
                                                                                                                                             and                                                        generations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to_
                                                                                                                                                                              ,orro*livl'i]il*   ,ui,r.




Another eJerslchlng odditlon                lhe grounds. thls one of e more reccnl vintage _
lhis strtuG of Arktlds. thc 116                                                              l9g7 _ ls
                                            enaucky l)erby slnner.
                                                                                                                                                                .lockeys herd to lhe padrtrxk lo mouna th?lr horscs.

				
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