POST TIME USA
TRIPLE CROWN &
Volume 36 Number 2
$5.00 YEAR IN REVIEW SARATOGA ISSUE
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 5
LOOK UP, PIGS ARE FLYING!
Like him or not, agree with his politics or not, fault I would be remiss not to point out how proud I am
him or praise him, I don’t think many Americans are of this publication’s journalists. Post Time USA has
unimpressed with Barack Obama’s eloquence. The been honored several times at the Eclipse awards.
President is tireless, and not rooting for his success is Bill Christine and Bill Mooney’s submissions are
tantamount to removing the U.S. from recognition as always first-rate - Christine reveals great insight into
one of the world’s most powerful nations. So congrat- the California racing industry’s seemingly uncor-
ulations are in order for not allowing color to prevent rectable problems and Mooney’s review of Robbie
voters from electing him to its highest office. Prior to with Davis’ career and family participation is fascinating.
Obama’s emergence, many said pigs would fly before GINO Our Gent at the Races takes on super fillies Rachel
the U.S. would elect a black president. Ironically, Alexandra and Zenyatta, and the plight racing faces
almost simultaneously to Obama being sworn in to with its synthetic surfaces is right on as is Rab
What frequently comes from shaking hands the wrong
office, headlines in the nation’s leading newspapers, Hagin’s coverage of Churchill Downs’ night racing
way is hospitalization, which sometimes gives way to
magazines and simulcasting outlets included the successes. Ray Kerrison and Bernie Dickman’s
staph infections. Have you ever thought of how many
words Swine Flu. articles on the degree of the racing industry’s
thousands of germs one can pick up in a hospital?
Currently, the damage which has recategorized the impending disasters are prize winners in waiting.
Americans spent more money on doctors in 2008 than
swine flu from epidemic to pandemic is alarming. The Congratulations and thanks to them all.
ever before, and it’s working - more doctors are feeling
latest records from the Centers for Disease Control show The most frequently asked question of me lately
better than ever . . . A specialist is a doctor with a small-
the numbers are growing considerably higher. has been if this publication has been sold. That will
er practice but a bigger yacht . . . Nowadays, it costs more
According to the World Health Organization the number be determined after the completion of Magna’s chap-
to go to a hospital than it does to go to medical school.
of deaths world-wide has reached 700. Shaking hands ter 11 filing in Delaware. Several bidders for the
Talking about hospitals (and this is no joke), mistakes
has been given as a leading cause of this. Magna properties have been in negotiations for the
made in hospitals are the eighth-leading cause of death in
Those who know me well are aware that I do not purchase of Post Time USA so we will have to wait
the U.S. Medical mistakes have killed more Americans
shake hands, and I have received plenty of kidding. and see how that situation unfurls prior to a decision
than AIDS, cancer and heart disease.
Instead, what I have done since age 12 is lightly tip regarding new ownership.
My visit to New York for the Belmont Stakes reac-
someone’s fist, knuckle to knuckle, Now more and
quainted me with my birthplace. It’s not as easy to get Cal. Racing Movie Could Be 'The Terminated' .11
more people are realizing why and doing the same.
a parking ticket in N.Y. C. as most people think - first Legendary Joe Hirsch Was A Masterpiece ......16
Nobody knows where someone’s hands have been and
you have to find a place to park . . . We bought The Miserable State of the Union .....................18
it has been well established that doing so is the lead-
Manhattan Island from the Indians for $24. Now it Dave and Me .......................................................30
ing cause of catching the flu.
costs that much to park there . . . In N.Y. the cost of liv-
Your attention is called to my demonstrating the
ing is going up while the chance of living is going PICTURE PAGES
most cautious way of handshaking to N.Y. Sen.
down . . . In N.Y. zoos, the animals are kept behind bars Eclipse Awards ............................................12, 14
Malcom Smith (below), N.Y. Gov. David Paterson
for their own protection . . . And contrary to popular Welcome Back to Calder..................................22
and N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg. When asked if I
belief that people in N.Y. do not share, on my way out Calder Casino Groundbreaking......................24
follow the same procedure with women, the answer is
to Belmont I saw two strangers share a cab. One was Evans CDI Benefit ............................................35
yes, which can be attested to by the accompanying
taking the tires and radio - the other took the engine . . Triple Crown Review........................................36
photo of me and beauty queens Jefra Bland and Maria
. It shouldn’t have been a surprise. In the neighborhood Kentucky Derby..............................38, 40, 42, 44
Montgomery at this year’s Kentucky Derby, where I
I grew up, nobody ever asked you for the time. They Belmont Stakes......................................61, 62, 63
did not touch any of their hands.
just took your watch. Monmouth’s Skip Away Stakes .......................66
Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select...........................74
Marylou Whitney’s Annual Gala ....................76
Travers Stakes ...................................................79
Hall of Fame Inductions...................................80
Museum Ball .....................................................81
Belmont Child Care Auction .....................84, 85
Wishing Well .....................................................86
New York Turf Writers Awards Dinner ...88, 89
A Taste of Saratoga...........................................90
Model of the Month ..........................................96
Backstretch Appreciation Dinner..................100
Gene Stevens with Miss Teen Kentucky Jefra State Sen. Malcom Smith, Gov. David Paterson, Twin Spires Under Stars and Lights . . . . . . .34
Bland and Miss Kentucky Maria Montgomery Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gene Stevens Zenyatta vs. Rachel Would Make Pot Boil . .38
Photos by Rick Morgan/ at the Belmont Stakes Tracks Gambling on Future To Stay Afloat .56
Bert & Richard Morgan Photography Marguerite Hill photo
Margie Cowan Will Never Be Forgotten . . . .95
POST TIME USA Index (Guest Columnist) ..........17, 57
Klingin’ to the Edge
(FOUNDED 1973) (Nick Kling)...........................69
Founders: A. Robert Gaudio Lois Lane .................................98
(Looking Through the
Gene Stevens and Bernie Dickman
Window to the Sporting World
DIVE Peephole of Life)
Meathead of the Month............59
IN Memory Lane...........................60
of America’s Most Affluent PEOPLE! Model of the Month.................96
One of my all-time favorite “yaks” concerns a monk Bits & Pieces ...............58, 59, 60
Published 4 Times Yearly - Bouncin’ With Bernie ..18, 30, 57
New York Racing &
(Dec. - Jan.) (Jan. - Feb.) (Feb. - Mar.) (July - Aug.) who took a vow of silence. He was only allowed to say (Bernie Dickman)
two words every 10 years. After the first decade he was Breezin’ With Gino ....................5 Now and Then..........................58
By The Way .............................10 Page 11 .....................................11
POST TIME USA • THE CRICKET CLUB called by the head monk. “Okay, you can say two Publisher’s People..................101
1800 N.E. 114th Street • Suite 2103 Claiming Box.....................18, 56
words now.” The man said, “Food cold.” After 20 years Bill Christine............................11 Publisher’s Prerogative ..............8
North Miami, Florida 33181 • (305) 891-4567 passed, the man was once again summoned by the head (West Coast Scout) Sporting It Out .........................98
monk. “Okay, what two words do you have to say Gent at the Races .....................58 Gene Stevens in Show Biz.......94
Controlled Circulation - Paid at Hollywood, Florida (Keith Christopher) Where Are They Now? ............45
Published by Post Time, Inc. / Gene Stevens now?” he asked. “I quit,” replied the man. “I’m not sur- Rab Hagin (Bill Mooney)
Owner-Publisher prised,” said the head monk. “You’ve done nothing but (In the Bluegrass).....................34 Yak of the Month .......................5
complain since the day you got here.” That’s funny.
8 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
TIME IS RIPE FOR FHBPA UPHEAVAL
“Something’s rotten in Denmark.” Shakespeare about Sammy helping Bill run Gulfstream. Part of my
wrote it - Marcellus said it in Hamlet - and if Willie disappointment with Murphy and his talked-about
was alive today he’d probably use it in his next work, Publisher’s three faces concerns the wagering totals he released
“A Mid-Summer’s Nightmare.” Prerogative after Gulfstream’s 2009 meet.
Rotten doesn’t begin to describe the stench from Figures lie and liars figure, but consider this.
what has taken place in the thoroughbred racing Murphy told the press the following, which was
industry. It’s no secret. The captain of the Titanic and reported: “Gulfstream’s 2009 on-track handle of
Mr. Ponzi in tandem couldn’t have done a better job $42,270,739 resulted in a 6.71 percent increase over
of mutilating a once-proud, powerful and promising last year’s $39,613,200 total.” In fact, official figures
industry. There reaches a point of no return and we Stronach and I had been good friends since he purchased obtained from the Department of Business and
can only hope it hasn’t already passed. Gulfstream in September of 1999. I genuinely believe Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel
I applaud and encourage those who are still trying Frank’s intentions were more noble than they turned out Wagering show last year’s live Gulfstream handle of
to make sense of the current state of the industry and to be. Unfortunately, he listened to the wrong people and $44,035,797 to be a decrease of more than $2 million
correct what seems to be impossible to rectify. I hope hired incapable ones to carry out his plan, whatever that - $2,033,212 to be exact.
we pass through the current tsunami and urge them to was. A huge mistake for anyone like Frank, who is pretty Now I can’t prove Murphy lied on purpose, not in
never give up. much an absentee owner. this case, but I do have absolute proof that Sam
To magnify how the devastation has so completely I can’t speak about activities at his other racing facil- Gordon not only lies continuously, but he’s a serial
infiltrated every aspect of our business, the two most ities, but there are few, if any, activities I have not been liar. I had one of my attorneys write to him with a
successful thoroughbred publications, in their issues privy to at Gulfstream. The turning point of copy to FHBPA attorney Bruce Green, along with a
of July 4, had a combined total of 72 pages. Of those Gulfstream’s final failure occurred when he and Sam copy of my letter, a day later, which is printed as part
less than 30 were advertising and seven of those were Gordon, president of the Florida Horsemen’s of this article.
classifieds. I kept advising these publishers that con- Benevolent & Protection Association, became joined at Last year, it came as a surprise that Frank Stronach
solidation was the answer to the handwriting on the the hip. Gordon, knowing the extent of my friendship told me on three occasions how upset he was about
wall, but so far they aren’t paying attention. with Frank, chased after me for months requesting I my writing unflattering things about his good friend
So, I want to thank the advertisers of Post Time introduce him, which I did. Sam Gordon. This surprised me because of Frank’s
USA for biting the bullet in these desperate times for Since then, I have closely observed Stronach change life-long promotion of the importance of transparency.
their continued support and encouragement. I am for the worse, something I concluded resulted from I reminded him that I was the person who introduced
overwhelmed at the nearly 60 pages of advertising in buying into Sammy’s horse and pony lies and over- him to Sam and suggested he get over it. “Whatever is
this 104-page edition. negotiating everything. This isn’t to suggest that Frank bothering you about it,” I told Frank, “get rid of it.”
As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the most fre- would have succeeded if Sammy hadn’t entered his cir- After six months of his not “getting rid of it,” I got rid
quently-asked question of me during the past year has cle. of Frank, refusing to talk to him even at the request of
been if the sale of this publication has been consum- Sammy and his FHBPA group are bound by statute to two of his CEOs and one of his best friends. It gets
mated. The answer will have to wait until MEC’s be neutral in their duties (benevolence), supposedly to worse but I don’t want to embarrass him further.
bankruptcy protection filing in Delaware is completed benefit Churchill Downs-owned Calder and MEC’s The best thing that can happen for South Florida
since several intended bidders for MEC properties are Gulfstream. Yet, as explained on page 23 of this issue, racing is to dump lying Sammy and the part of his
in negotiations with me to purchase Post Time USA. the FHBPA has been a major cause of the massive loss- board that rubber stamps almost everything he says
The only further information I can apprise you of at es of the horsemen they are supposed to be supporting. and wants, along with director Kent Stirling and Bruce
this time is that if Frank Stronach or any of the misfits Sam Gordon admitted to former Calder president Green. They should be replaced by an impartial group
he has running Gulfstream remain there with deci- Ken Dunn, who did very well for Florida’s horsemen with the ability to deal with the massive problems fac-
sion-making powers, I will not have anything to do for close to 20 years, that he felt running CDI’s Calder ing South Florida, much of which have been created
with them regardless of the sale of this publication. and Tropical dates at Gulfstream would best benefit the by and mishandled by the current board.
While I empathize with the other racetracks Florida horsemen. He even hinted that running at As though these clowns haven’t created enough of a
throughout the country and the industry in general, I Gulfstream year round was the best option for South fiasco, the Kentucky law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl
have written Gulfstream off concerning publishing Florida racing. Stronach and his team across town have sued or is in the process of suing Sammy and his boys
and distribution. It’s a sad conclusion to a wonderful never made a secret of the fact they want many more for non-payment of an $80,000 bill. The FHBPA hired
association that began in the days of James Donn Sr. racing dates. It’s the primary reason Sammy and his the firm to defend the antitrust lawsuit brought against
There hasn’t been a Post Time USA which hasn’t fea- group refused to release last year’s simulcast signal at them last year by Churchill Downs when CDI was
tured Gulfstream and massively been distributed there Calder and didn’t agree to ADWs until December while being financially clobbered to the tune of more than
over the past 36 years. negotiating for horsemen’s purses. $10 million, detailed on page 23.
I have given Gulfstream as much rope as I could Despite Gulfstream’s bankruptcy, the FHBPA once Another shining example of Sammy’s character can
find, but now can regrettably say it’s over. This has more threatened to withhold simulcast signals prior to the be gleaned from a letter or email Gordon sent to
resulted from my giving Stronach and many of his opening of this year’s Calder meet in April. It was even FHBPA member Karla Wolfson, wife of Marty, one of
Gulfstream executives who were apparently hired suggested that CDI allow Gulfstream to run Calder’s the leading trainers at Calder and in the country. Karla
straight out of the school for imbeciles, the benefit of dates in exchange for a cut of the MEC handle. Even as told Sammy she was going to sue him for failure to
the doubt for much too long. Frank has become a huge this is being written the possibility of CDI modifying follow the organization’s bylaws and state statutes.
disappointment as has Gulfstream’s president, Bill some of Calder’s overnight stakes stems from the finan- This was Sammy’s response: “Karla, your threat made
Murphy. I can assure you that were it not for its bank- cial position CDI was backed into by Sammy and the me wet my pants and I just s--t.” Not nice, Sammy.
ruptcy protection filed in May, I would have already FHBPA. There seems to be no end in sight. Your reign of terror is in jeopardy of coming to an end,
filed a major lawsuit against Magna. Too often have I seen Sam Gordon sleeping in Bill especially if I have anything to say about it.
Everyone who is familiar with this magazine or who Murphy’s office on Murph’s chair with both feet atop Sammy, no doubt, feels secure in the fact that the
is the least bit familiar with me should be aware that the desk. This makes it easy to believe what I hear
Continued on Page 10
10 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
Food for thought: Nobody can say for sure what the origin is of the strange fascination
Stronach and Gordon have with each other. Here’s a possible answer. Stronach once suggested
I become a consultant for MEC. I refused knowing Frank’s definition of consultant was “bulls
without balls.” What’s interesting is I recently received a Bill Christine blog which revealed:
By Gene Stevens “Frank Stronach’s 2007 total compensation at Magna International was $70.6 million - but only
$215,000 of that was base salary and $40.6 million was for consulting. This made me wonder.
Publisher’s Prerogative Is it possible that Stronach formed some sort of consulting deal with his buddy, FHBPA presi-
Continued from Page 8 dent Sammy Gordon? Hmmm!
FHBPA directors and owners’ insurance policy (paid for by horsemen) is
responsible for almost all lawsuits brought against them. What Sammy
might not understand is that among the exclusions of D & O insurance are
libel and defamation, which would make him personally liable if he is
found guilty. Sammy, I can only promise that the suit I am referring to and
might even become a party to, will make the litigation you are now facing
look like a jaywalking summons by comparison.
In the meantime, I advise anyone who has any questions about
Sammy or the rest of his team contact attorney Tom Sclafani at 954-
563-8111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am told Sammy
has been postponing his deposition for close to a year, but he is now set
to be deposed on Aug. 25.
The letters I previously mentioned follow. The day Sammy and Bruce
Green received my letter the monthly FHBPA meeting was canceled.
The next one I am told is July 23, the day this issue is scheduled to be
printed, so if I can’t make it in person I will certainly be there in spirit.
In any event, stay tuned. This might be Sammy’s first notice that his
license to help destroy SougtFlorida’s racing industry is about to expire.
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 11
California Racing Movie Could Be 'The Terminated'
After five years as president, and more than 20 Bo Derek is a member of the California Horse Anita. He still regrets having run Curlin there in last
years in racing, Drew Couto was sacked in June by the Racing Board. Must I go on? Board members are paid year's Breeders' Cup.
Thoroughbred Owners of California, the strongest a stipend of $100 per meeting, but if Derek were paid "Belmont Park is a great track," Jackson said before
horsemen's group in the state. Ever the wordsmith, by the words she's said for the record at these meetings, Rachel Alexandra's win in the Mother Goose, her first
Couto said that he jumped, but there is more evidence she'd owe the state money. Derek, however, hadn't yet start since the Preakness. "It ranks with Santa Anita -
on the side that he was pushed. Either way, it was come on board a few years ago when the commission in Santa Anita's former days. What they've done in
announced that there will be an "executive search" for California is interfere with nature. I've got a strong
Couto's replacement. "What kind of search will that
be?" a California horseman said to me. "Who could Page Eleven dislike for all the tracks there."
Maybe the day is gone when attendance figures are
possibly want that job? The captain of the Titanic meaningful, because most of the handle comes from
would have had a better chance." off-track betting, but even Zenyatta, with her unde-
It is easy to be cynical about California racing. Bay feated record, didn't have any impact at the turnstiles
Meadows has been prematurely closed down, in a West at Hollywood Park. The crowd was just over 6,000,
mistake that will not be repeated by its parent compa- about the same number the track drew the previous
ny in the case of another of its properties, Hollywood Coast Saturday. Belmont did better the same day with
Park. But all that stands between Hollywood and a Rachel Alexandra, pulling in a crowd of 13,000,
wrecking ball is the torpid economy, which makes Scout which included a free gate for females. Hollywood
redevelopment to the exclusion of horses temporarily Park toyed with a similar promotion, but one of its
unrealistic. Meantime, Hollywood bumbles along, By Bill Christine executives said that the last time a ladies' day was
fueled by its own death watch. The track, short of planned, there were threats of discrimination lawsuits.
horses and unable to attract customers, cut out What a country!
Wednesdays and was finishing the season on a four- mandated that all the major thoroughbred tracks ditch At Hollywood Park, there's a casino on the grounds.
day week. Down south, Del Mar, the last bastion of dirt and install synthetic running surfaces. Horses were At least they call it a casino, but it's about as Las Vegas
the Good Old Days of California horse racing, has dying at Del Mar at an alarming rate, and the Richard as Hoboken. In actuality, it's a card club, sans slots.
also circled the wagons and lopped Mondays off its Shapiro-led board knee-jerked its way into painting all You have to be a Native American tribe to open up a
schedule. the tracks with the same brush. About $40 million later, slot machine parlor in California. Attempts by racing
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who didn't really know California trainers have been left with no dirt to run on. to broaden slots have been thrashed at the polls, and
what heavy lifting was like 'til he became governor, Shapiro, who left the board late last year, later con- laughed at by governors, right up to the Terminator
has floated the idea that California might sell the state- fessed that he had been virtually wiped out in Bernard himself. The Indians pour too much money into state
owned property over which the Del Mar races are run. Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Landing a much-needed job as coffers, and into campaign funds, for it to be any dif-
In cash-strapped California, everything's in play. I'm an industry consultant, Shapiro is still the newsmaker: ferent. Racing has tried to partner up with the Indians
hearing that before Schwarzenegger sells Del Mar, It's been alleged that he has vandalized the car of one over the years, and the tribes have even struck some
he'll find a way to increase the state's share of an of his detractors in a Hollywood Park parking lot. mildly lucrative promotional pacts with the tracks, but
already onerous betting takeout. The bump in the sales the keys to the slot parlors are in a cupboard with a
tax has taken that levy to almost 10 per cent, hardly an foolproof lock. This is a monopoly for the Indians, and
incentive when people go to a horse sale with a cata- "Belmont Park is a great track," Confucius say that man with monopoly not need to
log in their hands. Jackson said before Rachel jump in bed with a schnorrer.
Across town, the company that owns Santa Anita, What will happen when Hollywood Park finally
Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment, is in bank- Alexandra's win in the Mother does turn turtle will be entitled, "Blood on the
ruptcy protection, and its crown jewel in California is Saddle." The racing board might have to handcuff the
for sale, right down to the doorknobs. By November, Goose, her first start since the presidents of the surviving tracks and throw them into
when they run the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita for the Preakness. "It ranks with Santa a padded room until the discussion over racing dates is
second straight year, Stronach might be standing in settled. Once there was a well-intended plan by Mike
line to buy a ticket. His other track, Golden Gate Anita - in Santa Anita's former Pegram, of Real Quiet fame, and Ed Allred, the owner
Fields, operates in Northern California almost by of Los Alamitos Race Course, to reinvent the bandbox
default. Frank won't sell you a bridge, but he will sell days. What they've done in Orange County track and get into the thoroughbred
you Golden Gate. game. Los Alamitos, the last privately owned track in
My historical second-guess is that racing's slide in
California is interfere with California, runs mixed breeds, but mostly quarter
California actually started a long time ago, when the nature. I've got a strong dislike horses. For reasons that I've never heard, Los
sport lost the ear of the governor's office. The truth be Alamitos was allowed to keep its dirt track even
known, the last governor who was simpatico with for all the tracks there." though it runs more dates than any track in the state.
horse racing was Ronald Reagan. In many of the sub- Pegram said that when he broached the Los Alamitos
sequent years, racing had a rabbi in Sacramento in That eventful day when synthetic tracks became thoroughbred plan with Richard Shapiro, he was told
Ken Maddy, a Republican senator from Fresno who mandatory, the lone commissioner who didn't vote in that anything the racing board did would have to start
rubbed horses for trainer Warren Stute at Hollywood favor was Jerry Moss. Moss won the Kentucky Derby with protecting Santa Anita. At that point, Pegram and
Park as a kid. Maddy retained his fondness for the with Giacomo, and last year he won a Breeders' Cup Allred didn't need someone else to spell e-x-i-t for
game, and bred and raced horses, but he also com- race and an Eclipse Award with the incredible filly them. When I heard the story, I thought about the late
mented from time to time about the self-destructive- Zenyatta. Racing, thin on star power, is clamoring for a Ken Maddy, and his old remark about taking care of
ness of the people in the sport. "There are too many of Breeders' Cup showdown this year between Zenyatta number one. In California, they'll all be taking care of
them always looking out for number one," Maddy and Rachel Alexandra, the filly who won the number one until their number is up.
said. When he naively tried to push a hay-water-and- Preakness, but Rachel Alexandra's owner, Jess Jackson, Bill Christine, an Eclipse Award-winning turf writer
oats bill through the state legislature, "You would is opposed to running over what he derogatorily calls during his long career at the Los Angeles Times,
have thought that the whole world was coming down "plastic" tracks. Jackson lives in California, makes a lot writes for horseraceinsider.com, recently finished a
on me," he said. Maddy has been dead for almost 10 of wine there and sells most of it, but that doesn't mean history of the Bay Meadows track, and is working on
years, and his void remains unfilled in the capital. he has to be patriotic about running his filly at Santa a novel.
12 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
JACKSON AND CURLIN LEAD ECLIPSE PARADE
LINDA FISHER PHOTOS FIRST OF TWO PAGES • CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Last year’s Eclipse Award win-
ners were honored at the newly-
refurbished ($500 million) fabled
Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami
Beach on Jan. 26. Principal owner
Jess Jackson’s Curlin was voted
Horse of the Year and 3-year-old
Champion Male by a landslide.
Jackson is proprietor of
Stonestreet Stable, one of racing’s
Jess Jackson, Barbara Banke, most successful enterprises of the Kayla, Christine, Mike
Gene Stevens new millennium. Richard, Zack and Dee Schiavo and Emily Iavarone
John Roberts, Kaitlin Szulick, Jim Tagliafari, Mike Iavarone, Barbara Banke, John Moynihan, Mike Smith, Chantal Sutherland,
Jim Tagliafari Gene Stevens Lesley Howard Gene Stevens
Brereton Jones, Alice Chandler, Cash Asmussen,
Dr. John and Alice Chandler Carolyn Hine Ed Bowen Gene Stevens Carolyn Hine
Michelle Yu, Christine and Mike John Roberts, Scott Blasi,
Julien Leparoux Jess Jackson, Barbara Banke Iavarone Nick Sallusto Robby Albarado
Melinda and Steve Duncker, Ann and Jerry Moss, Mike O’Farrell, Marilyn and Gil Campbell,
Betsy and Charlie Hayward Carolyn Hine Jackie and Tom Ventura Cathy and Dick Hancock
14 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
JACKSON AND CURLIN LEAD ECLIPSE PARADE
LINDA FISHER PHOTOS SECOND OF TWO PAGES • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
Mike Smith, Carolyn Hine, Jonathan and Cathy Shephard, Mike Smith, Gene Stevens, Mike Smith, Carolyn Hine,
Gary Stevens Ken Ramsey Gary Stevens Gene Stevens
Katie and Doug Cauthen Larry and Cindy Jones Carolyn Hine, Jim Tagliafari, Alice Chandler, Ken Ramsey
Dr. Scott Palmer Michael Iavarone
Nick Nicholson, Gary and Angie Stevens April and Jeanne Mayberry Fran and Lou Raffetto Jr. Betsy and Charlie Hayward
Eclipse Award Winners
Curlin - Horse of the Year
Midshipman ...........Two-Year-Old Male
Stardom Bound.......Two-Year-Old Filly
Big Brown............Three-Year-Old Male
Proud Spell ...........Three-Year-Old Filly
Patricia Cunningham, Sharon Foley, Curlin ....................................Older Male
Blythe and Robert Clay Ray and Carol Paulick Mike Dowling Don Richardson
Zenyatta ............................Older Female
Benny the Bull..................Male Sprinter
Indian Blessing.............Female Sprinter
Forever Together.................Female Turf
Good Night Shirt .....Steeplechase Horse
Stronach Stables ...........................Owner
Erik, Darren and Keith Doug and Caton Mike and Judy O’Farrell Garrett Gomez..............................Jockey
Jeanne Bamberger, Gene
Asmussen Bredar Stevens, Abby Pelphrey
16 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
LEGENDARY JOE HIRSCH WAS A MASTERPIECE
By Gene Stevens At first I felt a wee bit slighted not having been asked
Joe Hirsch was a masterpiece the likes of whom we to speak at the celebration. So many others who flew in
will never see again. The Daily Racing Form and from around the country, and racing associates he dealt
New York Racing Association celebrated his life the with on a daily basis, did address the audience. How
morning before the Belmont Stakes and it was strict- well did these speakers do and how successful was the
ly first class, with the dignity and respect that the presentation? On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 12, and I
dean of turf writers deserved. The dining room in don’t feel I could have added anything.
which it was held displayed many renderings by Upon Joe’s announced retirement in 2003, former
“Peb,” the genius whose caricatures accompanied Miami Herald sports editor Ed Pope wrote a piece
Hirsch’s writing through the years. which I was having prepared to be reprinted in an issue Joe Hirsch with Woody Stephens, Angel Penna
The accompanying article on the next page by Ray of Post Time USA. When Joe learned of it, due to his
Kerrison aptly describes the love, respect and grati- humble nature he asked me not to since he felt he
tude the talented, one-of-a-kind human being com- would be embarrassed by it. Now that Joe is gone I
manded, so cherished that press boxes at several race- have reprinted it below and hope you enjoy and appre-
tracks have been named in his honor. ciate it as much as I did.
When he retired at 75, DRF and NYRA hosted a Joe was almost everything in the world to me. His
dinner in his honor at the plush Four Seasons naming me in his will was an honor I will never forget.
Restaurant in New York City. Carolyn Hine and I Joe Namath and Gene Stevens were the only men
agreed it was the type of affair reserved only for a included, along with some family members and a cou-
head of state. However, Joe was more than that. Aside ple of women. Hirsch didn’t leave this earth with much
from his enormous talent and boundless energy, he money because he spent most of what he earned taking
was the kindest and most consistently respectful people, particularly his press box brethren, to dinner. If
human being I knew. Anyone whose path crossed his someone attempted to pass on dessert he had a favorite With Ron Turcotte
was better off because of it. His unprecedented suc- response: “Dessert wouldn’t even hurt a baby.” This is
cess in so many areas enabled him to become the face how Joe chose to enjoy spending his money. I think he
of racing. passed that gene over to me.
Joe was one of my dearest friends. We went to din- When asked by Post Time USA associates who help
ner at the Wishing Well in Saratoga three to four put this issue together why the most photographed pub-
times a week in the summer and repeated the process lisher in the world did not include one picture of me
in Florida during the winter, occasionally being and Joe in this spread, I explained. Images were taken
joined by Carolyn and Joe Durso. Kerrison’s article, of us mostly after he contracted Parkinson’s Disease
along with family members and turf writer friends and I didn’t want any photos of him to appear that way.
and associates who spoke at the June 5 celebration That’s how much I loved and will continue to love Joe
did a masterful job in describing this unique gentle- Hirsch, until my time comes to hopefully join him
HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER FINALLY With Julie Krone, William Dow
and the genius “Peb” Bellocq
SLOWS TO A TROT
By Ed Pope involving legal gambling that have devoured the atten-
Reprinted from The Miami Herald tion once lavished upon racing.
November 20, 2003 Hirsch has been the one constant positive in racing
I loved Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Kelso, Forego and over all that time.
all the other thoroughbreds with winged feet; never You might never have heard of him. The Form's
saw Citation run, but admired his statue. I have found audience is small compared with, say, the television
thoroughbred trainers, and some owners, too, to be audience that creates today's instant celebrity. But they
sports' most helpful people. And I believe in my deep- know Hirsch as well in Dubai and Paris as they do in
est heart that Joe Hirsch is the greatest figure in the Hallandale.
history of racing. And now he is retiring. The man the Form will salute
Joe Hirsch is the executive columnist of The Daily With Horatio Luro
Friday night at an elegant dinner in Manhattan is hang-
Racing Form. ing up his tack at the end of this year. At 75, Hirsch's
What, you say. A mere columnist? health is sidelining the toughest as well as the most
Nothing is mere about Joe Hirsch. generous person I've known.
I nominate him as racing's greatest - greatest ever, A MATTER OF TRUST
and I use “ever” in its most literal sense, applying to You want a man of parts, here he is.
past and future - because no one did as much to bring Who else could be best friend to people with as dis-
into racing so many writers and commentators, so parate backgrounds as novelist Dick Francis and quar-
many people who drew attention to what was loving- terback Joe Namath?
ly called The Game. No one nurtured it the way Who else never missed a major racing event the past
Hirsch did. half-century?
Racing is not as healthy as it was. Fifty-five years Who else wouldn't even raise his voice when his
ago, when Hirsch joined The Form, there wasn't a sin- beloved Cadillac was stolen from a track parking lot?
gle major pro football or baseball or basketball or “I guess someone needed it more than I did,” he said.
hockey franchise in the entire South. Now try to
count the enterprises, including more and more Continued on Page 17
With John Forsythe
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 17
RACING FORM’S HIRSCH WAS ONE OF A KIND
Charlie Hayward, president of the New York Racing
Association: "We all know the racing business is a
very tough game, it can grind you down, results in a
RAY lot of negativism and cynicism. But not Joe Hirsch.
KERRISON He was upbeat all his life."
Jonathon Socolow, Joe's relative: "Joe drew the best
Guest out of everyone. If Joe were here today, his message
would be, love the sport with all your might."
Columnist Jerry Bailey, jockey: "When I came to New York in
1982 to ride, I knew you were under a tremendous
microscope with the media. I had to learn to forge a
Joe Hirsch, perhaps the best known and best loved relationship with the media, some good, some not so
turf writer in the history of American racing, died Jan. good. But I got to know Joe Hirsch and for that I'm
9 at the age of 80 after a lifetime - 55 years - of writing forever grateful. It changed my life forever. We had a
Joe Hirsch, looking like a movie star for the Daily Racing Form. friendship that lasted over 20 years. The thing I
with Joe Namath On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, a classic race he remember most about Joe was that he was always
cherished, the racing family gathered in Belmont's kind, and he always saw hope and optimism in life."
North Shore Terrace for a memorial service to honor Bill Nack, writer: "Joe was tireless as a journalist
his contributions to the sport and his memory. and you could take his stuff to the bank. He was an
Owners, trainers, jockeys, officials, executives and inspiration for every journalist who ever covered the
swarms of media colleagues from all over the country racetrack. If he had it in his column, it was right. God
packed the room in a tribute that glowed with warmth bless him for all he has done for everyone in this busi-
and affection, reflecting the high esteem in which ness."
Hirsch was held by virtually all cross-sections of the D. Wayne Lukas, trainer: "Giving Joe a Triple
sport. Crown to cover would be like giving Picasso a brush
Hirsch was a unique figure in racing, carving out a or Elvis a song. In my induction to the Hall of Fame,
niche hard to define and probably impossible to dupli- I made some public comments I didn't care about it,
cate. and I thought I would skip the whole thing. Joe sat me
He was part newspaperman, part author, part ambas- down one day and he said, 'Wayne, we're going to put
sador, part promoter, part jockey agent, part racing sec- you in, on our terms, and you're going to go up there,
With Bill Hartack retary, part businessman, part diplomat, full-time trav- and be elegant and humble and you're going to accept
eler, convivial dinner host, witty raconteur, and gener- it and that's the end of that.' I said, 'Thank you Joe, and
ous of spirit to all. I'll do just that.' "
He was stricken with Parkinson's disease more than Jay Hovdey, Racing Form's executive columnist:
20 years ago. As the disease progressed, it ravaged his "No man ever was able to more gracefully balance life
body but his mind remained sharp and lucid almost to and work as he did."
the end. Nick Zito, trainer: "When I first started out, Joe took
He had many great friends to help him through: Jim me under his wing. When I first got on the Derby
Gluckson, Dave Johnson, Jay Privman, Gene Stevens, scene, Joe introduced me to everyone. I was always
the late Joe Durso. grateful for that.”
Hirsch's forbearance in the face of overwhelming Zito observed that Joe, who never married or had
disability and suffering, his determination to work children, had a family and it was racing. “A family
through it and his courage to cope without complaint needs a leader and Joe inspired everyone with his
was beyond heroic. courage and integrity,” Zito said.
A gentle, elegant man, Joe signed off every conver- Then the humor. “I never realized how articulate or
sation with two words: "God bless." Steve Crist, chair- how bright or how diverse I was,” Zito said, “until I
man and publisher of the Daily Racing Form, hosted read the articles Joe Hirsch wrote about me.”
With Bill Shoemaker the memorial hour, a sweet journey down memory So the memorial ended with a laugh, just as Joe
lane. Here are a few remembrances of those who knew would have liked it.
Joe: Joe Hirsch, one of a kind.
Reprinted from New York Post
make a beeline for the barns every single dawn.
Continued from Page 16
That's where he will be missed the most, on a
Who but Joe Hirsch was the most trusted person in a delightful morn at a Florida Derby or a Kentucky
game that historically included a full share of knaves Derby, or a Preakness, or a Belmont, introducing
and cutpurses? young journalists to the most famous names in rac-
Who has, as they say, "been there" so long for ing, shepherding their every step until they can walk
everyone in racing? through racing by themselves.
He did not suffer pointless complaining. Author One of those mornings, I said, "Joe, how do you do
Steve Haskin recalls a time when a young writer this, day after day, with so little sleep?"
groaned before a big race, "It's a shame the track is He offered a smile. ''Why do you think I look the
sloppy." Without changing expression, Hirsch way I do?" he said.
responded, "It's a shame about Marie Antoinette." That was a long time and a thousand introductions
He was Joe on the spot when you really needed him, ago. And still Joe Hirsch is leaving too soon. It's
With Mandy Minger never time for the greatest to go.
and, for that matter, I still can't understand how he
could make the nightly rounds so regularly and still
18 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
THE MISERABLE STATE OF THE UNION
Remember when upcoming events - like the open- questions about the bill's constitutionality. I met with
ing of Saratoga - sent a feel-good sensation through
the bones? No more. The industry was reeling from Bouncin’ numerous horse industry people, constituents in my dis-
trict, and (the KEEP) lawyer to talk about constitution-
top to bottom before the current economic situation
popped its ugly head . . . and the combination of ram-
with ality of the bill. I have concerns, as have many others."
What a crock of BS! Thayer is not a lawyer, he could
pant unemployment, cuts in salaries, and depleted Bernie easily have backed the bill and let the constitutional
bank accounts and 401ks, has left racing in the worst experts take it from there. It was merely a smokescreen,
position it's been in in 80 years. and Kentucky horsemen are sure to gear up and get him
Last week's announcement that wagering in June fell defeated in the next election. Racing at Ellis Park and
16.9 percent from June of 2008 was no surprise. It was By Bernie Dickman Turfway Park is in serious jeopardy, and will remain so
devastating, but not a surprise. That followed the crush- without a gaming bill.
ing numbers from April (down 10.1 percent) and May In New York, which gave the OK for slots at
(down 8.3 percent) and the news that total wagering for where the stars of stage and screen have been gathering Aqueduct about eight years ago, they're still debating
2009 is down 10.5 percent, from $7.2 billion in '08 to for decades, now down to racing four days a week, over who will run the casino operation! How can any
$6.5 billion in '09. In short, people do not have the Thursday through Sunday. Who would have believed group professing even a minor degree of intelligence
money to bet that they once had. Add that to the dimin- it? I remember an afternoon two decades ago, a day or be so blatantly stupid?
ishing number of horses competing at almost every two before the Breeders' Cup, when I left the Down south, ground has been broken for the new
track in the country, and the future looks dismal. Hollywood press box to try to find Fred Hooper in the casino at Calder. Hopefully, that will stem the down-
In Ocala, the stories emanating from the farms is box seats. When I located him, he was talking to a dis- ward trend in Miami - but it's still many months away.
even more dismal. Stud fees aren't being paid, board tinguished-looking woman and I sat down a few seats And, hopefully, the Florida HBPA, led by Sammy
bills are either not being paid or are months behind, away, waiting patiently for them to finish. When I took Gordon and Kent Stirling, will stop blaming its short-
farm owners are having trouble making payroll, and a closer look as I sat there, I realized the woman Mr. comings on Track Times and Post Time USA and
so on. The miserable performance of the 2-year-old Hooper was talking to was Greer Garson, one of the come together for the good of everybody in South
sales has added to the mess. There's little encouraging greatest actresses of the post-silent film era. Florida racing. The back-stabbing, bickering, and
news, other than the overwhelming success of the In Kentucky, a couple of imbeciles named David withholding information from the FHBPA member-
night racing experiment at Churchill Downs. Even Williams (the Republican Senate president) and ship as a whole has wreaked havoc on the horsemen.
with an admission price of $10 on Friday evening, Damon Thayer (another Senate Republican) together Instead of fighting with various individuals and
June 19, the goal of 12,000-15,000 bodies was sur- took down the bill that would have brought VLTs to the organizations, Gordon and Stirling and co. should
passed before darkness set in. There were 28,011 on Bluegrass State and at least given the Kentuckians a lit- start working for everybody's best interests - not just
hand for the event, and on-track wagering hit $1.6 tle hope of climbing out of the abyss they have fallen their own. I read somewhere that Stirling labeled him-
million, up 159 percent from the corresponding into. The pro-gaming bill had passed the House on June self "The king of simulcasting,” or something to that
Friday in 2008. All-sources handle was up 32 percent. 19, 52-45, and backers were anticipating a similar vote effect. I got a good laugh out of it.
And the success continued the next week. in the Senate. But, thanks to the imbeciles, the bill Nobody in Florida or anywhere else is laughing
However, at beleaguered Hollywood Park, whose never passed out of the Senate Appropriations and now. It’s time for action. Here’s hoping Gordon and
future is far from certain, they actually had to cancel Revenue Committee three days later. Stirling get off their high horses and act!
a program due to lack of entries. Hollywood Park, Thayer disguised his intentions by saying, "There were Reprinted from Track Times, July17, 2009
SIGNAL BLOCKING SEEMS TO DEFY SOME BASIC LOGIC
We account-wagering patrons are once again affected time understanding this additional greed during the
by horsemen who have seen fit to block the signals of economic times this country is experiencing.
THE their local racing products, a story detailed in “Lone In addition, I would like to know how and why
Star signal curtailed.” (April 13) and “Horsemen press horsemen obtained the right to tell tracks where (or
CLAIMING BOX for a bigger share (April 20). where not) they can send their signal. Does this sound
Address All Letters To: POST TIME USA Considering the countless millions of dollars bet like a classic case of the inmates running the asylum?
1800 N.E. 114th Street • Suite 2103
North Miami Beach, FL 33181
through account-wagering operations, I have a hard Rick Higgins
(no unsigned letters will be used in this column) time understanding why horsemen would significantly Columbus, Ohio
hurt their own handle and at the same time cry out for a
More Claiming Box on Page 56 larger percentage of the take-out pie. I have a harder Reprinted from Daily Racing Form
HORACE LAFF by Bob White
22 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
‘WELCOME BACK TO CALDER’
RECEPTION & COCKTAIL PARTY
John Marshall, Carolyn Hine, Craig Trimble, Tom O’Donnell, Dr. Erica Bucki,
Gene Stevens Tammy Gantt Craig Holtz, Mike Anifantis Joe Calascibetta, Rodolfo Garcia,
Maddy Calascibetta (seated)
CAROLE PERRONE PHOTOS
Calder Race Course President Tom
O’Donnell and Vice President and
Director John Marshall and staff con-
ducted a ‘Welcome Back’ reception
for horsemen, community partners
and media prior to the opening of the
Philip Lay (Hot 105), Innocent Jan Perret, Brad Gaver,
Inerard, Jean Claude FenFen Dan Hurtak, Donna Green Jennifer Swanson
Manny Tortora, Nadine Bankley,
Timmy and Kathy Ritvo Michele Blanco Herbert Miller Sonia and Ralph Ziadie Jeff and Stephanie Noe
Harry Benson, Juan Reviliego, Sterling and Mary John Comegys, Steve Young,
Tammi Benson Anifantis Germaine Rogers Tammy Gantt
Tom O’Donnell, Janet Kownacke, Milton Figueroa,
John Marshall Jim Freer, Tom Jicha Vivian Hemmerick Tony Otero, Cecil Paul Joan Dilibero, John Marshall
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 23
RE-ELECTION OF FHBPA BOARD WILL PROLONG DISASTER
Reprinted from Dec. ‘08–Jan. ‘09 WHICH EXCEEDS ANY “HOST FEE” OFFER
OF ANY RACETRACK IN THE COUNTRY
In our last issue, I attempted - in a nicer way than Publisher’s AND HAS BEEN TOLD THAT THE SIGNAL
the Florida HBPA executive board deserved - to WILL ALSO BE OFFERED TO YOUBET.COM
advise horsemen why not to buy into the malarkey Prerogative AND TVG.COM. I EQUATE FHBPA’S BELIEF
that group sold to the majority of its members. The THAT IT SHOULD CONTINUE TO WITH-
group is led by its president, Sam (I’ve never been HOLD ITS SIGNAL FROM THE BETTORS TO
wrong) Gordon, Treasurer Barry (Ring around the ACCOMPLISHING AS MUCH AS SUICIDE.”
Rosie) Rose and Director Kent (We’ve got to stick
STEVENS He says, “Florida owners continue to suffer from
together even if you have to starve to death) Stirling, reduced purses, while the costs continue to rise, forc-
who have brought South Florida’s horsemen to desti- ing people out of the business and bettors to look for
the so-called benevolent association will be held
tution’s door. an alternative form of entertainment. News flash!
What is it, one might ask, that makes me seem so Once they leave they are not coming back anytime
The following comes from our Gent At The Races,
bitter? It’s because these men and their accomplices, soon, if ever.”
Keith Christopher’s column on page 24. “Horsemen,
as well-intentioned as they swear they are, are respon- With the February election of FHBPA officers not
track owners and Advance Deposit Wagering compa-
sible for the theft of my identity. far off, anything short of giving the boot to Gordon,
nies must find a way to end their
I can’t think of many jobs more difficult and
scorched earth shutdown. In a time
demanding than that of a horse trainer. This is why I
of slumping business, it's insanity to
have spent most of my adult life fighting for the best
deny customers access to your prod-
possible conditions to benefit them, affording the
highest remuneration for their efforts. Giving the
“Keeping players from betting
FHBPA the benefit of the doubt, it’s even possible
online or via the telephone accom-
they actually believe they have taken the right course
plishes two things, both deadly to
for the last eight months, the results of which have
horse racing. It pushes players to
brought impending disaster to the once-powerful
offshore betting sites, which con-
South Florida racing circuit.
tribute nothing back to the game,
My disappointment is not personal because prior to
and it encourages the public to find
this past April, when the FHBPA board became
other outlets, primarily the now-
responsible for withholding the Churchill Downs-
ubiquitous Indian casinos, for their
Calder simulcast signal, we had worked together con-
disposable income (assuming there
structively for as far back as I can remember. Yet,
is any these days).
when I implored the current board at its general meet-
“What horsemen have been doing
ing in April to restore the vital simulcast signal at
the past year isn't just shooting
Calder while continuing to negotiate an equitable
themselves in the foot, it's pulling
solution with Churchill Downs, my pleas fell on deaf JEAN RAFTERY TURFOTOS
their foot up right next to their brain,
ears. In its heyday, Calder’s big stakes days drew crowds like the one
then pulling the trigger. This is not to
My August editorial was headlined, “Most above. Today Calder’s apron looks like this on most days.
say there isn't merit to their position.
Horsemen Won’t Live To See The Money The
But taking it out on the ever-dwin-
FHBPA Has Squandered,” which at the time was
dling legion of customers is suici-
more than $7 million. As of Thanksgiving and three
tumultuous months of hardships later, loss of quality
When I learned of the singular
horses, trainers, jockeys and bettors has weakened the
accomplishments of Louisiana
thoroughbred product beyond belief.
HBPA president Sean Alfortish, and
Thus far, at least a $10 million loss has been sub-
how he solved his and other states’
stantiated. With that has come the realization by
THG, ADW and other simulcast
horsemen yet to leave the area that the faith they
problems, I contacted him. I asked
placed in the promises of the FHBPA board has been
for his input as to what actions he
a huge mistake.
might suggest be taken to avert the
A third-quarter SEC report reveals that Calder’s net
South Florida racing community’s
parimutuel revenues, which were $58.8 million for
further collapse. Please see his
the same period in 2007, were only $44.6 million this
straight-shooting reply on page 48.
year. Further, in 2007, Churchill Downs paid Calder
In a significant portion of his Dec.
horsemen purses of $37 million, while at the comple-
11 letter, he states, “From the start,
tion of the final two weeks of this year’s meet, it will
THG’s initial “model” could not
be $11 million less.
work. In fact, as of the writing of
Simply put, the well is dry. Calder and its parent Rose and Stirling and their underachieving executive
this letter I can tell you that the “model” for THG has
company, Churchill Downs, have not taken a penny board would be blasphemous. It was mind-boggling
been changed numerous times because it was impos-
from the horsemen. These horsemen now better when I read Stirling’s quote about being betrayed by
sible to adopt on a national basis.”
understand that purse money is generated from the Louisiana horsemen. Why isn’t he angered at his
He questions why Florida’s horsemen have not set-
wagering. The consequence of the FHBPA prohibiting betrayal of his own organization? South Florida’s
tled a dispute which should have ended long ago.
ADW wagering is the major cause of the crisis. As of thoroughbred community has paid dearly for the
“Thus far,” he says, “the dispute at Calder this year
December, following the opening of Tampa Bay FHBPA’s secret agendas, ulterior motives, lies, half-
alone has cost the Florida horsemen $10.3 million in
Downs and the resolving of its simulcast situation, truths, misinformation and delusional demands. The
purse money that those horsemen will never recover.
Calder remained the only significant racing entity fact that president Sam Gordon has sent his horses to
Florida continues to be withholding the signal without
without ADWs. run elsewhere should say it all. Failure to replace the
sound business sense.”
If the FHBPA’s Dec. 18 general meeting does not culprits and their accomplices will only sharpen the
He continues, “FLORIDA HORSEMEN AT
result in the return of the ADWs to Calder, the final guillotine which awaits.
GULFSTREAM HAVE ALREADY BEEN
nails might just as well be ordered for the coffin and
OFFERED A HOST FEE BY TRACKNET
24 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
DON BROWN /
CALDER CASINO GROUNDBREAKING JIM LISA PHOTOS
When Calder Race Course was in its infancy in the early 70s, returning customers each year were usually
greeted with some new addition to the grandstand, clubhouse or paddock. In January, patrons will be greeted
by the long-awaited new casino. Calder officials broke ground on June 3 at a ceremony also attended by the
media and other industry organizations.
John Marshall, Calder Vice President
and General Manager of Racing;
Bill Carstanjen, Chief Operating Officer Mayor Shirley Gibson (center)
of Churchill Downs Incorporated; and officials from the city of
Calder President Tom O’Donnell Miami Gardens
Michele Blanco, Dick Hancock, Nick Sortal (Sun Sentinel), Tom O’Donnell
Bill Carstanjen, Michael O’Farrell, Mike Vasquez (Miami Herald), calling attention to
Mike Compton, Tammy Gantt, Hank Tester (WTVJ Channel 6), Calder’s new Tom O’Donnell, Brian Davis,
John Marshall interviewing Tom O’Donnell poker room. Rick Durer, Bill Carstanjen
30 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
DAVE AND ME
It was October of 1970, and it seems like a lifetime
ago. Tropical Park was readying to kick off the South
Florida winter racing campaign after the first season
of summer racing had been held at Tropical while with
Calder Race Course was under construction.
I was in my first couple of weeks as racing writer Bernie
for the Miami Herald and on an off-day drove over to
Tropical to meet with Julian Cole, the publicity direc-
tor. I walked into Julian's office and found him busy By Bernie Dickman
huddling with his No. 1 assistant. That's the first time
I met David I. Goldman, referred to by the local turf
writing corps as "Digger." Little did I suspect that for
the next 39 years our lives would become so intricate- way around and under them.
ly intertwined. In those days, the Baltimore Orioles' spring training
David died on facilities were housed in Miami, so Dave told John he
April 23 after many was going to invite manager Earl Weaver and a bunch
months of battling of players for a day at the track - lunch, autographs,
renal cancer from present a trophy, etc. Good idea, John told Dave.
which he could Orioles day came, and Weaver showed up with many
never rebound. He of his stars, including Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer,
left behind his and the venture proved to be a success all around. That
extraordinary wife, is, until JJB forgot he was going to pay for all the
Catherine, sons lunches and told Dave to give the bill to Weaver. There
Peter and Robert, was no way. Dave picked up the tab, then very deftly
their wives, Laura spread the cost around to various other promotions. If
and Efrat, and Peter John ever found out, he never let on to Dave.
and Laura's daugh- Later that year, Dave was hired by Sam F. Davis for
ters, Julia and the marketing and advertising position for the 1978-'79
No 98-pound weaklings on this beach!
Emma, whom Florida Downs season. It was the pre-Stella Thayer-
David would (not George Steinbrenner- Tampa Bay Downs days, and the signs couldn't be seen while driving down the rural
modestly) swear track was reeling from its bottom line. There had never roads of 1978 northern Tampa.
were the two been a season in which the Oldsmar track came close But the best sign was nailed on a pole just off 1-75
smartest kids in to averaging $300,00 a day in handle, and that was at the Zephyrhills exit, the route Ocalans traveled to
What woman doesn’t love a Sam's goal. He offered Dave a generous salary, plus a
North America. Florida Downs in those days. There was one minor
man in uniform? The names of the $10,000 bonus if the $300,000 mark was reached. problem, it was facing north on the pole, right into the
friends he left couldn't fit in the pages of this maga- Dave faced a slew of problems in the December to parking lot of a motel. When Dave confronted the
zine. April meeting, mainly that his promotional budget was maintenance chief about the small size and small
David had grown up in Boston, attended Riverside about 11 cents. Dave's first move was the mark of number of signs around town, the man said, sheepish-
Military Academy, first in Gainesville, Georgia, then genius - he hired me to conduct handicapping seminars ly: "That's all the wood we had."
in Hollywood, Fla. He graduated from Brandeis every Saturday before the races - at $100 per session. Dave's next move really bordered on genius. Florida
University, and served a hitch in the navy. All the Next, he went to the maintenance chief and asked Downs featured a series of "stakes" races for fillies and
while, he was honing his skills as a racetracker in him to make a bunch of wooden signs that could be mares called the Visitation. The purse for each was
New England at Suffolk Downs, Rockingham Park, nailed on poles all over town, letting customers know $5,000 (not a typo), with $3,000 to the winner, plus a
Lincoln Downs, Narragansett Park and Scarborough how to get to Race Track Road. When the signs were free season to various Ocala stallions for the 1-2-3 fin-
Downs, and the county fairs, Great Barrington, in place, we rode around checking them out one day ishers. Dave went out and roped in as many local sports
Brockton and Northampton. and never laughed so hard. The signs were no more personalities as he could and named each race after one
When Riverside moved its operation to than 10 inches high and two feet long, and in horrible of them. The participants included Tom McEwen, sports
Hollywood, it became a no-brainer for Dave and his handwritten printing, said: "FLA DOWN'S," with a lit- editor of the Tampa Tribune, Hubert Mizell, sports edi-
father, Bobby, a dedicated racetracker and sports tle arrow supposedly pointing the way. Many of the
enthusiast. This was well before the minors' bill
passed, and Dave was decidedly under age. So he put
on his military uniform, stuffed a cigar in his mouth,
and his dad led him through the turnstile into famed
After Brandeis, Dave began a career as a turf pub-
licist, writer, marketing and advertising guru, racing
secretary and chief cook and bottle washer. His trav-
els took him from New England to South Florida and
all points in between, and spawned a myriad of tales
- as in, "you hadda be there."
Here are a few of the memories I will always cherish.
In 1978, John J. Brunetti hired Dave to some
unnamed position in marketing and advertising,
which, of course, included a certain amount of cook-
ing and bottle washing. Dave knew the risks involved
with working for the volatile owner of Hialeah Park,
but he tackled the job with gusto, constantly shuttling
between Ocala, where he had moved in 1976, and March 11, 1989 – Bernie, Catherine, David and jockey Kevin Whitley accepting the trophy
Hialeah. JJB had a vast unwritten list of rules and at Tampa Bay Downs for Jeanne’s Dream, owned by Joe Tanenbaum’s wife, Jeanne
regulations, and Dave became a master at skirting his Continued on Page 32
32 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
Bernie Dickman es alive in a six-horse field in the final race and the
Continued from Page 30 two longshots he didn't have would finish 1-2. Then
would come the inevitable phone call beginning with:
tor of the St. Pete Times, TV sports anchor Dick Crippen, Ken "Bernardo ... "
Rosenberg, racing writer for the St. Pete Times, and a few others. Dave's greatest success as a breeder came with the
At no expense, Dave had managed built-in coverage for each race speedy and talented Caltech. His sire was Explosive
from that week's personality - columns, mentions on TV and radio, Bid, a successful stallion who Dave owned a piece of.
etc. And the person would cover the race and present the trophy. It The dam was Starpiece, a daughter of little-known
worked like a charm. Shredder who raced for a consortium of turf writers -
As the season progressed, it had turned into the track's best ever Dave, me, Gulfstream media guru Joe Tanenbaum and
at the windows. With two weeks remaining in the meeting, han- the late Pete Axthelm, of Newsweek and ESPN fame.
dle was averaging $309,000-plus and the $10,000 bonus appeared When Starpiece went to the breeding shed, Dave
to be a certainty. Dave and I drove down every day, and in early bought out the other owners and she produced
April came a severe jolt. Traffic heading north on 1-75 was Caltech. David sold him for $25,000 to Gulfstream
bumper-to-bumper. Every day. By the time the doors closed on the attorney David Romanik and his partner, Brad Beilly.
final Saturday, the average had fallen to $297,500. Devastation. Caltech won the Gr. I Budweiser (Washington) D. C.
We thought Sam Davis might come up with a partial bonus, and International in 1989, finished fifth in the Breeders'
he did. He offered us a drink and some cheesecake before we left. Cup Turf the same year at Gulfstream after leading
I ate the cheesecake. For many years after the track became into the stretch, and wound up earning $726,944.
Tampa Bay Downs, those funny little signs continued to hang But a bigger success story is that of Runagate, a
daughter of the unfashionable stallion Run Turn. What
David saw in this mare only he knew, but he had Peter
The OBS Infancy Days: claim her for their Sub Rosa Stable as a 2-year-old out
Mustafa Fustok, David and Clyde Nix of a $12,500 maiden race at Calder in December of
1999. In the care of trainer Gary Caple, they found
Charming won in '86, and watched Cefis Runagate's hole card. She loved the grass, liked to run
make like Silky Sullivan the next year. a mile to a mile and a sixteenth, and liked to sit in
We saw Jacinto Vasquez come in to win midpack early, then move on the turn and mow 'em
with Champagneforashley for trainer down in the stretch. And she did it often, competing
Howie Tesher, all the way up to 2007, when mostly around $25,000 claiming company.
Street Sense and Any Given Saturday put When Runagate began to slip a little, she was
on their great show and Street Sense went entered for $18,000 in November of 2002, and was
on to win in Louisville. claimed by embattled owner Michael J. Gill. But, Gill
Our trials and tribulations didn't begin and trainer John J. Robb decided Runagate could
and end with horse racing. Once, we decid- sprint on the main track and go to the lead, to boot.
ed that Duke - with a record of 6-0 - was a After several horrendous performances, they dropped
good bet against FSU because the her in for $5,000 at Monmouth Park and David had
Seminoles were favored by about 40 Caple swoop in and bring her home. In Caple's care,
“The Wyonia Winters Purse” Gulfstream Park, April 22, 1965 points. We took the points, and FSU won Runagate picked it up right where she left off on the
David, owner W.A. Sizemore, trainer Carl Vandervoort, by about 50. That's the last football bet I grass. She wound up a solid career with a record of
jockey Jimmy Cangemie, and Wyonia herself 17-10-7 in 61 starts with earnings of $243,341, just
from many of the telephone poles. We once bet on the over in a game in about every penny earned for Sub Rosa. And there
One other good thing came out of that meeting in Oldsmar. which the Minnesota Vikings were favored, were many good betting opportunities along the way,
The announcer was an unknown young redhead named Tom behind their scrambling quarterback, Fran including one at Monmouth where she paid more than
Durkin. We agreed that Brunetti should be made aware of this Tarkenton. By halftime, we were within six $60.
talent and Dave brought John a tape. Not long after, Durkin points of the over and savoring our impend- Today, Sub Rosa is awaiting the first start of
became the announcer at Hialeah. ing victory. In the third quarter, we quickly Runagate's first foal, Fast Lane, a 2-year-old by
This year was the first since the race was inaugurated in 1981 got within three after one of the teams Middlesex Drive who will soon join the Caple barn at
that Dave and I didn't drive down for the Tampa Bay Derby. We kicked a field goal - and nobody scored a Presque Isle Downs.
were there for the first one won by Paristo, when Dave's New point thereafter. Tomorrow, Digger Goldman will be watching the
England buddy of five decades, Vinnie Blengs, finished third with All that wonderful luck followed to the 135th Kentucky Derby from a Great ITW Palace in
Darby Gillic. We saw the improbable Morganmorganmorgan upset racetrack. David had an uncanny ability to another time and another dimension, and he'll no
Slew o 'Gold and Bold Southerner nip Rexson's Hope in a 10- bet a pick 3 or pick 4, expending just $6 or doubt have two longshots finish first in his pick 3. But
minute photo as Harold and Elsie Rose tip-toed nervously in the $8 or $12, and hit the first two or three win- this time he'll have the third winner, too.
aisle. We sat with the ill-fated Don Aronow when his Prince ners. Then, invariably, he'd have four hors- Reprinted from Track Times, May 1, 2009
Family, friends, turf writers and his trainers turned out for the “Remembering David Goldman” purse at Calder Race Course
Photo by Jim Lisa
34 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
TWIN SPIRES UNDER STARS AND LIGHTS
Fri., 6/19 attendance Comparable ‘08 attendance % increase
In The Bluegrass 28,011 7,515 273%
Fri., 6/19 on-track handle Comparable ‘08 on-track handle % increase
with $1,607,759 $620,983 159%
Fri., 6/19 all-sources handle Comparable ‘08 all-sources handle % increase
Rab Hagin $6,504,564 $4,924,358 32%
Fri., 6/26 attendance Comparable ‘08 attendance % increase
With opinions rampant about how to “revive” rac- 27,623 8,303 233%
ing —ranging from an alphabet soup hodge-podge of Fri., 6/26 on-track handle Comparable ‘08 on-track handle % increase
video lottery terminals (VLTs), advance deposit $1,534,308 $687,324 123%
wagering (ADW), and racetrack casinos (“racinos”) Fri., 6/26 all-sources handle Comparable ‘08 all-sources handle % increase
— it is intriguing that the 40th anniversary of major $6,324,091 $6,179,078 2.3%
nighttime racing coincides with that idea’s revival at
Churchill Downs. Forty years ago, on the first Thur., 7/2 attendance Comparable ‘08 attendance % increase
33,481 5,489 510%
Saturday of September, 1969, Arlington Park hosted
North America’s richest thoroughbred race, the Thur., 7/2 on-track handle Comparable ‘08 on-track handle % increase
$366,075 Arlington-Washington Futurity, before a fes- $1,763,341 $646,472 173%
tive crowd of 29,394 that watched Elberon Farms’ Thur., 7/2 all-sources handle Comparable ‘08 all-sources handle % increase
Silent Screen win by eight lengths. $6,233,028 $6,207,201 .04%
Racing traditionalists sniffed. Some were on record
as opposing nighttime racing, but they still sent their A few inferences can be drawn from the above fig- the publicly-held corporation’s spring-summer meet to
best juveniles to compete for the rich purse. The atten- ures. Apparently, as word spread about Churchill discuss future nighttime cards. The track’s temporary
Downs’ glittering nighttime programs, some horse- lights, installed during the first week of June, will be
dance figure represented a 14 percent increase from
players who usually wagered through simulcasting or replaced with permanent fixtures. Stakes features will
Arlington’s Saturday afternoon card of two weeks ear- advance deposit wagering, showed up to bet on-track, be planned for nighttime dates.
lier that also had featured a significant stakes event. boosting on-track handles to record mid-week levels More players and new players — those are the
But per capita wagering was off, and total handle (exclusive of Kentucky Oaks day). As a reflection of goals. There is an analogy with the breeding side of
declined about half a percent to $2,259,833. the overall national economy, off-track handle the thoroughbred industry, which rather than relying
declined on two of the nights, but the difference was exclusively on a few buyers from the Middle East to
Nighttime racing was a mixed success. Other tracks
more than made up by soaring on-track handle. Also, pump up sales averages, now realizes the importance
tried it: The Meadowlands (opened in 1977), Charles as is evident for anyone doing the math, the nighttime of attracting a variety of new owners. Attracting new
Town, Latonia (later renamed Turfway Park), and programs no doubt attracted new or less-sophisticated horseplayers usually causes an initial reduction in per
eventually, Mountaineer Park. racing fans, because just like at Arlington 40 years ear- capita wagering, but just as horse racing needs new
Fast-forward to Friday, June 19, 2009: Churchill lier, per capita wagering declined as attendance owners, it also needs new fans. Churchill Downs’
Downs hosts its first “Downs After Dark” night pro- increased. Unlike 40 years ago, though, the per capita nighttime programs could be a significant key.
decrease was insignificant because it was more than
gram. The evening’s stated attendance goal was made up for by the increased volume of
12,000-to-15,000, with rosy predictions of 18,000-to- players.
20,000. However, 28,011 showed up despite a $10 Arlington may have been ahead of its
admission charge, overwhelming concession stands. time, but Churchill Downs approached
What happened? nighttime racing from a marketing per-
spective with the goal of creating an out-
“We’d been optimistic about turnout,” said Darren
door nightclub atmosphere featuring live
Rogers of Churchill Downs, “but were we surprised racing. The paddock area ambience was
by the magnitude? Well — yes,” admitted the senior transformed with live music, mood light-
communications director, who revealed that for the ing and specialty bars offering such deli-
track’s next scheduled nighttime program on Friday, cacies as vegetable-chicken-and-steak
June 26, Churchill Downs would triple its staff. Even skewers. Six-course dinners going for
$150 each in sold-out suites in
management was enlisted into helping pour $1 draft Millionaires Row added to the hot-spot
beers during an extended four-hour happy hour, and appeal. Private balcony parties and date-
the general admission price was dropped from $10 to night dinner-and-dancing packages were
$6. Despite numerous complaints about long lines at put together. Combined with shrewd mar-
concession stands at the inaugural nighttime program, keting to attract a demographic that could
form the next generation of high-rolling
the crowds returned, and this time the Twin Spires
horseplayers, nighttime racing appears to
staff was ready. have been an unqualified success.
The third nighttime program was held on Thursday “Obviously, the public loves the night
evening, July 2, and built on the previous successes, set- racing product,” said Rogers, who added
ting a single-day record for Churchill Downs attendance that acceptance among horsemen — with
whom Churchill Downs management had
exclusive of Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, or
met beforehand — was “very positive” con-
Breeders’ Cup days. Ironically, none of the nighttime sidering that horsemen’s workdays general-
racing cards featured stakes races. Compared to equiva- ly start at 5 a.m. Rogers said that the
lent racing cards at Churchill Downs in 2008, figures for Churchill Downs board of directors would
attendance and on-track handle were staggering convene soon after the July 5 conclusion of
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 35
EVANS’ FUNDRAISER BENEFITS IMPORTANT CAUSES
CHRIS WILLINGHURST /
Bob Evans, CEO of Churchill
Downs, Inc., and his wife, Tracie, held
a fundraiser at their home and
Tenlane Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.
Benefactors were the Disabled Jockeys
Fund and the Susan G. Komen Race
for the Cure.
Nancy Brinker, founder of the Race
for the Cure, attended the event,
which brought out many of racing’s Bob Evans, Nancy Brinker
creme de la creme. (founder of Susan G. Komen Race
Bill and Julia Carstanjen for the Cure), Tracie Evans
Cheryl and Greg Avioli Jeremy and Lori Clemons Ann and Darrell Wells Kim and Steve Sexton Rebecca and Rick Reed
Bill and Julia Carstanjen, Phil, Cheryl and Carrie Feigel, Kim Sexton, Gene Stevens,
Gene Stevens Tracie and Bob Evans John Bischke Julia Carstanjen
Josh Durr Nancy Brinker, Tracie Evans,
Bob Evans, Nancy Brinker Beth and Dan Pride (Molecular Bartending) Carol and Tracy Farmer Peggy Atchley
Chuck Kenyon, Becky Reid, Christine A. Moore, Robert Edie Mathews, Sarah Cornette, Christine A. Moore, Michelle Mudd,
Robin Kenyon, Gene Stevens Burk, Julia Carstanjen Tracie Evans Julia Carstanjen
36 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
2009TRIPLE CROWN REVIEW
MINE THAT BIRD
Owners: Double Eagle Ranch & Buena Suerte Equine
Breeders: Lamantia Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds (Ky);
Trainer: Bennie L. Woolley Jr.;
By Birdstone-Mining My Own, by Smart Strike
With no standout emerging from the final preps leading up to the 135th
Kentucky Derby, the biggest questions centered on who would the bettors
finally settle in on as their choice, and just how high his odds would be.
The favorite’s role fell to Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire, who was
$3.80-1 with Gabriel Saez. Only two others were under 10-1, Florida
Derby runner-up Dunkirk at 5-1, and Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof
R The Nile at 6-1.
Chris DeCarlo had Join in the Dance on the lead for more than a mile,
and, while a slew of stalkers made a run at the 51-1 shot turning for home,
Calvin Borel unleashed one of his patented rail rides with 50-1 Mine That
B Bird. It was highly reminiscent of his performance aboard Street Sense
two years earlier, where his nickname of Bo-rail became prominent.
Mine That Bird’s explosive move was so swift and sudden, the son of
Birdstone was in the lead and drawing away before most realized what had
Y happened. Borel had him in hand by 6 ¾ lengths at the wire. The price was
a stunning $103.20 and the colt who shipped in from New Mexico became
Reed Palmer photos the talk of the town for the next two weeks.
Owners: Stonestreet Stables LLC & Harold McCormick;
RACHEL ALEXANDRA P Breeder: Dolphus C. Morrison (Ky): Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen;
By Medaglia d’Oro-Lotta Kim, by Roar
R With the racing world abuzz over the prospects of Mine That Bird mak-
ing it two in a row in Baltimore, Borel added another shocker to the fairy-
E tale. He took off his Derby winner and opted instead to ride Rachel
Alexandra in the Preakness. Borel had guided the sensational filly to a
monumental score – by more than 20 lengths – in the Kentucky Oaks the
A day before the Derby.
While taking off the Derby winner is a rarity to say the least, Mine That
K Bird’s trainer, Bennie Woolley Jr., who was enduring the Triple Crown
experience on crutches, understood Borel’s position. He replaced Calvin
N with Mike Smith, a veteran of the Triple Crown wars who knew a little
something about longshots, having won the 2005 Derby aboard 50-1
E Giacomo in one of the biggest upsets ever posted in the Run for the Roses.
Rachel Alexandra went off as the 9/5 favorite, with Mine That Bird a dis-
tant third choice at 6-1. Derby runner-up Pioneerof The Nile was also 6-1
S with Garrett Gomez. Borel put the filly just outside pacesetter Big Drama, put
the colt away coming into the stretch, and opened up a four-length advantage.
Jim McCue photos
S When it appeared as though it was all over, Smith came barreling down the
middle of the track and closed to within a length at the wire.
Owners/Breeders: Drs. K.K. and Vilasini D. Jayaraman (Ky);
SUMMER BIRD B
Trainer: Tim A. Ice;
By Birdstone - Hong Kong Squall, by Summer Squall
While the anticipation of having a Triple Crown winner was gone, the three
weeks leading up to the Belmont still was filled with numerous twists and
E turns to keep the media – and the public - hopping. Majority owner Jess
Jackson opted to pass the ‘Test of a Champion’ with Rachel Alexandra, leav-
L ing Borel in the clear, and Woolley put him right back aboard Mine That Bird.
Calvin was quite vocal in the days before the race, saying Mine That Bird
was a certain winner, which would have given Calvin the unique distinction
M of winning all three Triple Crown races, with two horses.
On Belmont day, Calvin flew in the face of tradition by choosing not to
take a mount before the big test to try to get a feel of the track. Mine That Bird
O was the 6/5 favorite, and his rider had him right where he wanted to be early
– last in the field of 10 as Dunkirk set the pace. This time, Calvin felt his colt
wanted to run a little earlier and he let him have his head on the turn, a move
N that is often fatal at Belmont Park.
Mine That Bird came alongside Dunkirk with a sweeping move and
appeared to be home free, but the colt hung late as 11-1 Summer Bird, anoth-
T er son of Birdstone, gobbled them up and won going away under Kent
Desormeaux. Not surprisingly, several of Borel’s decisions came under fire
Adam Coglianese photos
as his colt backed up to third.
38 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
IT’S MINE THAT BIRD IN KENTUCKY DERBY SHOCKER
PHOTOS BY RICK MORGAN FIRST OF 4 PAGES
BERT & RICHARD MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTINUED ON PAGES 40, 42 AND 44
Longshot Mine That Bird came from last place and blew by his 18 rivals as if they were glued in place, shocking the racing world in the 135th run-
ning of America’s most coveted race. Owned by Mark Allen and Leonard Blach, trained by Bennie “Chip” Wooley Jr. and magicly guided by Calvin
Borel, Mine That Bird came to Louisville from Sunland Park in New Mexico in a one-horse trailer driven by his trainer, who was hobbled with crutch-
es resulting from a motorcycle accident.
Mine That Bird’s unlikely score was worth $1.4 million to Allen and Blach. It was the second time in the last five years that a 50-1 shot wore the roses;
Giacomo pulled off the feat in 2005. The superfecta paid more than a half million dollars for a $2 wager. The $2 trifecta paid $41,500.60 while those who
had the exacta for a deuce were rewarded with $2,074.80.
Mine That Bird is from the first
crop of Marylou Whitney’s
Birdstone, who stands at
Gainesway Farm. Birdstone was
the upset winner of the 2005
Belmont Stakes and Travers.
Mine That Bird’s dam is by the
highly successful Lane’s End stal-
lion Smart Strike.
Steve and Julie Asmussen,
Jessica Peterson, Ahmed, Justin, Joanne, Benjamin
Darren , Keith and Eric Asmussen Tracie and Bob Evans and Emma Zayat
Dick Duchossois, Bob Evans,
Gene Stevens Will and Sarah Farish Rhonda and Garrett O’Rourke Dick Duchossois, Gene Stevens
Robert Frankel, Julien Leparoux, Bill Robert McNair, Todd Pletcher,
Ken Ramsey, William and Jeff Ramsey Carstanjen Terry Meyocks
Doug Cauthen, Ramon Dominguez, Marilyn Monroe came back Gov. Steve Beshear, Debbie and Corey Johnsen,
Nick Sallusto just to see Gene Gene Stevens Debbie’s daughter, Taylor
Friends, family and rooting section of Dick Duchossois, Jerry Hollendorfer, Thomas McCarthy,
Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters Marylou Whitney Diane and Scott Daruty Jenny Craig, Gene Stevens
40 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
DERBY ATTRACTS STARS FROM EVERY ARENA
PHOTOS BY RICK MORGAN SECOND OF 4 PAGES
BERT & RICHARD MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 • CONTINUED ON PAGES 42 AND 44
Gene Stevens with
Miss Teen Kentucky Jefra Bland and Gov. Steve Beshear Patricia Lenihan, Gene Stevens,
Miss Kentucky Maria Montgomery Jane and Gov. Steve Beshear and Marilyn Monroe? Katherine Nedelkoff
Ed Fortino Lori Hall Bett Connel, Eli Manning,
Robert Frankel, Julien Leparoux, Angel Cordero, Chris DeCarlo Ahmed Zayat, Bob Baffert Jeff Seder, Patrice Miller,
Ken Ramsey Dale Romans
Pat Day, a fan and Wayne Lukas
clowning around Steve and Kim Sexton Nuno Santos, Garrett O’Rourke Corey Johnsen, Gene Stevens
Ky Stubblefield, Gene Stevens Terry Meyocks, Mike Costello Helen Pitts, Rick Trontz Wanda Nutt, Bill and Ky Stubblefield
42 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE DERBY
PHOTOS BY RICK MORGAN THIRD OF 4 PAGES
BERT & RICHARD MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTINUED FROM PAGES 38 & 40 • CONTINUED ON PAGE 44
Nancy Yearsley, Bill and Ky Stubblefield, Wanda Nutt,
Bill and Ky Stubblefield, Wanda Nutt Dick Duchossois, Tracie Evans Dick Duchossois, Bob Evans Gene Stevens
John Moynihan, Leslie Howard Jenny Craig, Gene Stevens Bill Mott, Bobby Frankel Marylou Whitney
Joe DeFrancis, Gene Stevens Ahmed Zayat, Bob Baffert Garrett Gomez, Bob Baffert Corey Johnsen, Joe DeFrancis
Ken and Nolan Ramsey Nuno Santos, Robert Frankel Angel Cordero Patrice Miller, Jeff Seder
Kenny Mayne, Hank Goldberg Nathan Fox, John Kuehl Don Richardson, Sue Brewster Julien Leparoux, Ken Ramsey
44 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE DERBY
PHOTOS BY RICK MORGAN FOURTH OF 4 PAGES
BERT & RICHARD MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTINUED FROM PAGES 38, 40 AND 42
Patrick Madden, Don Richardson, Sharon Foley,
Melanie and Mike Deascentis Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas Ed Fortino
Ara Shamalyn, Jana Olson Ray Kerrison, Gene Stevens Wilhelmina McEwan Galina and Norm Casse
Carol Altenburger, Justin and Beth Casse,
Allison Altenburger, Matt Marrone Pat Riley, Gene Stevens Pat Day, Gene Stevens
Southern Wine & Spirits
Know How To Enjoy The First Saturday In May
Bob and Eileen Breier Dr. Paul and Karen Chaplin Roberta and Harvey Chaplin
Ben and Shelly Breier Thomas and Rochelle McDevitt Gaye and Irving Pardo
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 45
Robbie Davis: Retired, But Not Forgotten
Among the jockeys you’re likely to see at Saratoga emotional equilibrium. With his wife, Marguerite,
this summer is a 22-year-old graduate of the North and three children, Kristen, Jackie (who was then
American Riding Academy named Jackie Davis. On
Nov. 5 of last year, she registered her first career vic-
tory aboard a 4-year-old filly named Blue Hill Bay.
Where Are only two years old) and Robbie Jr., he returned to his
hometown of Pocatello, Idaho, and pretty much shut
himself off from the rest of the world.
The race was a 1 1/16-mile turf event for $35,000 Five months later, in a feature article in Sports
claimers at Aqueduct, and although Blue Hill Bay Illustrated, William Nack detailed how the circum-
was the longest shot on the board amongst the field of stances of Venezia’s death had released a dark flood
10, Davis booted her to a wire-to-wire score, return- in Robbie’s mind – memories that included violence
ing a mutuel of $131. By Bill Mooney and sexual abuse during his childhood. The article
As of June 29 of this year, Jackie Davis had record- was published in the March 20, 1989, issue of the
ed 20 career wins. Her career win ratio at that point magazine. It earned Nack an Eclipse Award, and can
was seven percent. Neither of those stats inspires be found today in the periodical section of many pub-
awe, but Jackie is young, energetic and determined,know what she’s doing aboard a horse. lic and most university libraries.
and the people who stand at the gaps and along the Jackie also has a pretty fair foundation for her During the 3½-year period immediately following
rail during the morning works say she appears to emerging career, not only in regard to the Riding Venezia’s death, Robbie made a number of starts and
Academy, but within her bloodlines. She’s the daugh- stops while attempting to return to riding. He tried his
ter of Robbie Davis, who accumulated 3,382 victories luck in Southern California for a while, and won the
during his own career. 1990 Ramona Handicap at Del Mar aboard Double
You’re likely to see Robbie at Saratoga this summer, Wedge. In the spring of 1992, Robbie returned to
too, handling Jackie’s book. Robbie put his own tack New York. Many, if not most, people realized at the
away seven years ago. His riding career was not of time that his best riding years were still to come.
Hall of Fame caliber, but it nevertheless was very Prior to the race when Venezia was killed, the purse
good, and horses earned a cumulative $115.7 million earnings accumulated by Robbie’s horses totaled
with Robbie aboard. $37.4 million. But in the years that followed, they
In 1983, when he was 21 and in just his third season totaled $78.3 million, more than twice as much.
of race riding, Robbie won five races one day at Indeed, when you look at what Robbie accom-
Aqueduct and was the leading rider for the winter plished during the final decade of the 20th century,
meeting at that track. And, from 1984 through 1987, he it’s really quite impressive. He won the 1990 Beverly
ranked among the top 10 jockeys at every meeting on D. Stakes at Arlington Park with Reluctant Guest in a
the New York Racing Association circuit. course record time of 1:53 1/5 for 1 3/16 miles on the
Robbie Davis made an impact elsewhere as well, turf. He won the 1994 Pimlico Special with As
guiding Bounding Basque to a 4½-length triumph in Indicated, and that same year won the Rothman’s
Robbie and Jackie Davis the 1985 Meadowlands Cup Handicap, and booting International at Woodbine with Raintrap.
Lieutenant’s Lark to a wire-to-wire, In 1995, Robbie won the Forego Handicap at
photo finish score in the 1986 Saratoga aboard Not Surprising (it was his second tri-
Washington, D. C. International umph in that event – he had previously won with
Stakes at Laurel Race Course. (Both Mugatea 11 years earlier). And in 1996, he won the
were major Gr. I events back in those Arlington Million with Mecke, and the Queen
days). Indeed, Robbie was scaling Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland with
mountains, until the afternoon of Memories of Silver. In the spring of 1998, Robbie
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1988, when fate won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct with
delivered an emotional avalanche in Coronado’s Quest; and in the fall of that year he won
his direction. the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont with Wagon
That’s when Robbie’s friend and Limit (a race in which he defeated Horse of the Year
fellow jockey, Mike Venezia, was Skip Away).
killed in a riding accident. It occurred The new century began with Robbie winning back-
in the fifth race on the Belmont Park to-back renewals of the United Nations Handicap at
card. The horse Venezia was riding, Monmouth Park with Down the Aisle and Senure.
Robbie and Jackie Davis, Eleanor Hoveling, Mr. Walter K., broke down midway The year following the latter triumph, he retired.
Marguerite and Dylan Davis through the backstretch on the inner Robbie and Marguerite and their family (who grew to
turf course. As this was happening, include three more children – sons Edmund and
Venezia appeared to jump off on the near side – which Dillon and daughter Katherine) moved to a farm in
put him on the ground, directly in the path of a trailing upstate New York.
horse named Drums in the Night, ridden by Robbie. Somewhere in the home of that farm is the Mike
Time to react amounted to about one second, which Venezia Memorial Award, which Robbie received in
wasn’t enough. Drums in the Night attempted to jump 1997. It honors a jockey "who exemplifies extraordi-
over Venezia, but in doing so his hind feet cracked nary sportsmanship and citizenship." The New York
against the man’s skull, killing him instantly. It was Racing Association has responsibility for the award,
one of the most brutal incidents to ever happen at a and the annual winner is determined via voting by
racetrack anywhere. jockeys, turf writers and racing fans. That’s what peo-
In the days that followed, Venezia’s death was head- ple in New York think about Robbie Davis. Always
lined many times in the media. Newspapers and mag- have, and always will.
azines, of both the general and trade variety, printed Bill Mooney is a two-time Eclipse winner and four-
stories and published photos. Video of the race was time winner for Best Story writer from American
shown on local and national television. Horse Publications.
There was a wake, a funeral and a memorial service.
Robbie Davis and Gene Stevens Understandably, the whole scenario taxed Robbie’s Photos by Marguerite Hill
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 47
Remembering Skip Away — The Iron Horse
Reprinted from August 2007
With the National Hall of Fame inductions coming
up Bill Christine sent us the first of 10 Horse Star cards
published by Daily Racing Form.
Horse of the Year honors came to Skip Away after
suffering through two seconds in the voting for the
two previous years. However, 1998 was to be the
year of vindication for the six-year-old gray. Owner
Carolyn Hine and her trainer husband, Sonny, decid-
ed to keep Skip Away in training despite lucrative
offers to retire him after their Breeders’ Cup victory
in 1997. Sonny said, “If we took the money, all we
would have is money. You have to go to the barn and
see money laying in the stall.”
Ridden throughout 1998 by Hall of Fame jockey
Jerry Bailey, the pair started the year with a seven-
race win streak that included a victory in the Donn
Handicap and ended with their win in the Woodward
Stakes. Skip Away earned $2.7 million in 1998 rac-
ing at seven tracks and retired with lifetime earnings
of $9,616,360, only a few dollars shy of Cigar’s
North American record.
Eclipse Award Winner Card 1 of 10
Photo by Donna Hallaway
Photos by Andrea Mills
Skip To Heaven is a son of Skip Away out of the stakes-producing Relaunch mare, Heavenly Launch. Shown here at two months old, the colt is a foal share for
Carolyn Hine, Dennis Mills and Gene Stevens. The veterinarian who attended to Skip To Heaven said the colt was the largest foal he’s delivered in his 40 years of
practice. Skip To Heaven will be a three-year-old in January 2010.
56 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
WHOLE INDUSTRY MUST SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR RETIREMENT FUND
that all interested parties have a summit to discuss this requires an industry-wide solution.
THE issue. That would include breeders, auction houses, Finally, we should all be grateful for the action of
CLAIMING BOX owners and trainers, and racetracks throughout the
country. And rather than do it at Saratoga, I think it
Pete and Donna Tardy, as related by Hovdey. They
had an easy route out, yet they chose the more diffi-
Address All Letters To: POST TIME USA should be held at a place like Penn National or Finger cult one. We're lucky to have people like them
1800 N.E. 114th Street • Suite 2103
North Miami Beach, FL 33181 Lakes or Suffolk Downs, as these are the places where involved in our sport.
(no unsigned letters will be used in this column)
most retirees are coming from. But what we can no Sam Elliott
longer do is pretend it is these tracks' problem and Salem, Mass.
I am so thankful for Jay Hovdey's June 12 column, theirs alone. It is an industry-wide problem that Reprinted from Daily Racing Form
"Endgame often depends on luck," telling the tale of
how Storm Legacy was able to arrive back at Marylou
Whitney's farm, where he started his life, seemingly RACING MUST STOP TAKING BIG HITS
against long odds. The story brought up many issues that Let's face it. Racing has a shiner — a big, ol’ nasty past their 3-year-old sessions. Perhaps most important-
confront the thoroughbred racing business when it one that may not be wearing off any time soon. (Oh, ly, a bettor could feel relatively confident that the
comes to what we do after a horse's career is over. It what the heck, let's throw in a bloody nose and fat lip information about a particular contestant in Daily
seems the industry has largely drawn the conclusion that to boot.) Racing Form for all to see was a pretty fair indicator
auctioning these athletes off for slaughter is not an Whether one chooses to (a) lay blame at the feet of of his ability, condition and chance of winning.
appropriate means of doing so, though certainly it is the leadership that simply refuses to acknowledge and We should fervently hope that there will be signifi-
option that requires the least thought or compassion. cant changes. Raceday medication issues must be
assail the unquestionable difficulties the industry
I think the biggest issue isn't what we do with these
undoubtedly faces, (b) rail against the country's eco- addressed. A return to dirt racing at those tracks that so
horses when their careers are over, but rather how we
nomic woes in general, (c) point to the spectre cast by quickly embraced the new technology (even for the
pay for their aftercare. I think the solution is for every-
one along the way to accept responsibility for not only a few miscreants whose actions mock the integrity of best of reasons) should be carefully considered.
the current care of the horse, but also to contribute to the game, or (d) debate the seemingly countless issues Horse racing, not simply gambling, must be effective-
its retirement as well - think of it as an equine 401(k). surrounding medications, artificial surfaces, and the ly promoted in an effort to regain its meaningful niche
This process should start with the breeders who safety of horse and rider, the heavyweight once herald- in American sport.
bring the horses into the world, continue to the auction ed as the sport of kings is on the ropes and in imminent Those who do not abide by strict rules aimed at pro-
houses that sell them for racing purposes, and then on danger of taking the 10 count. tecting the horse and maintaining the integrity of the
to the owners who have them throughout their career. When I began following thoroughbred racing more game should find themselves on the outside looking in
It doesn't make any sense to look just at the individual years ago than I care to remember, things were, at the for significant periods. Those who abuse the grandest
who has them at the end of their careers and place all of creatures, the thoroughbred racehorse, in any fash-
risk of understatement, different. There were no syn-
the responsibility on him because he was the owner
thetic tracks, no racinos, and career-ending or fatal ion, must have no quarter given. Otherwise, the cham-
when the music stopped playing.
breakdowns seemed relatively rare. Fines and suspen- pion will have fallen – and won’t get up.
We have extraordinarily bright, committed people
sions levied against offending trainers, owners and rid- Jim Mainard
who dedicate their lives to the cause of thoroughbred
retirement and understand it the best. Unfortunately, ers (for whatever reasons) seemed aberrations. Most Ozark, Ark.
they are too often looked upon as a nuisance, when races were populated with horses made of sterner stuff Reprinted from Daily Racing Form
they actually are the people who can best help the than today’s, and the bulk of them competed more
industry with the solution to the problem. I suggest often than every 30 to 45 days in careers that extended
NO END IN SIGHT
A guy walks up to another guy and punches him in Gordon is no doubt patting himself on the back,
the mouth. The second guy is not too thrilled and he because he appears to be getting just what he wants.
punches the first guy in the mouth. So the first guy
Bouncin’ It's no secret that Gordon wants Calder to shut down
says: "Hey, why did you punch me in the mouth?" with summer racing and have it shift over to Gulfstream,
And the second guy says: "You imbecile, because you owned by his buddy, Frank Stronach.
punched me in the mouth first!" Bernie When all this began many weeks ago, and I wrote
Doesn't seem to be very different from this never-
ending battle between the Florida and Kentucky
in Ocala negatively about the prez, trainer Tim Ritvo told me
that Gordon (and the FHBPA) intended to write a let-
HBPAs and Calder/Churchill Downs. A battle, by the By Bernie Dickman ter to Track Times clearing up what they considered
way, that could wind up as the device that signals the inaccuracies in my reporting.
demise of summer racing in Florida after some 39 I'M STILL WAITING FOR THAT LETTER! I
years. William L. McKnight and Steve Calder must say it's a retaliatory move and they're right. It's in retal- guess somebody is still trying to figure out just what
be looking on from above in astonishment. iation for the two tracks losing millions of dollars! was inaccurate.
As this was being written, negotiations between the Every horsemen who has been to Calder says there's So Gordon has this great idea. Let's move summer
Florida HBPA and Churchill Downs were pretty an unending stream of horses being vanned up north. racing to Gulfstream with its 11 seats and where they
much stalled. And the Florida and Kentucky horse- Mostly to Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. have set a record by having the least successful slots
men are up in arms over the drastic reductions in Who's to say, even if this thing gets settled soon, that enterprise in American racing. And where the entire
purses at Calder and Churchill. They remind me of those horses will be coming back? It costs a bundle to operation is broke. Can it be Gordon owns a conces-
the guy who threw the first punch. They can't compre- ship an entire stable north and back these days. sion where he sells or rents lawn chairs and the like
hend why the tracks would respond to the withhold- So, while the Calder horsemen suffer with purses and figures he can do well at seatless Gulfstream?
ing of simulcast signals, and losing tens of thousands from the 1960s, and many are having trouble making Where is John Brunetti when you need him?
of dollars a day, by cutting the purses! The horsemen enough money to buy gas, FHBPA president Sammy Reprinted from Track Times June 6, 2008
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 57
FAITH FINISHES 1ST
BELIEF IN ‘BIRD’ DELIVERS IN DERBY
A couple of days before the Kentucky Derby, train- phone calls after the race. Said he, "Nobody who owes
er Nick Zito offered some philosophy about getting me any money has called."
his humble horse, Nowhere to Hide, into the race after RAY Ever since he got into the business after messing
another horse had been scratched. around on the rodeo circuit, Chip dreamed of coming
Nick realized that his runner had little chance, but KERRISON to the Kentucky Derby. "It's not the richest race," he
he said, “You have to play the game. You can't win if said, "but it's the biggest stage. That's the driving force
you don't play, and then you play the hand that's given that keeps us coming out here every morning and
you." Guest going through all the headaches and hassles."
He added with profound wisdom, "I've learned in
life that people of faith are always rewarded, eventu-
Columnist Next to the winner, the biggest shock of the Derby
was the dismal run by Friesan Fire, the 7-2 favorite.
ally." His jockey, Gabriel Saez, offered an extraordinary
And that is about as good an explanation as I can alibi. He said, "He got a bad start and got hit. I feel he
find for what happened at Churchill Downs on the beaten half the field." didn't want to go, so I let him relax and finish the race.
First Saturday in May. Mine That Bird's trainer, Bennie "Chip" Woolley, I didn't want to hurt the horse. I just dropped the reins
Nick's horse hit a mud wall, but another horse, who is 45, was still dumbfounded the day after. "It's and let him gallop. He came back OK."
Mine That Bird, who by every rational handicapping pretty hard to get your mind around it," he said. In other words, he pulled a Kent Desormeaux.
precept of form, class, speed, pace and pedigree had That's nothing to how multitudes of horseplayers felt Remember how Kent pulled Big Brown up in last
no business being in the race, much less winning it, when they saw Calvin Borel weaving and ducking his year's Belmont because he felt the horse would not hit
came out of the gloom and nailed the second biggest way through the field, squeezing through the eye of a the board?
upset in the 135-year history of the Derby. needle in the stretch, and running off to win the Derby So Gabby decided to take a cruise of the plant after
Faith did it. His owners, Mark Allen and vet by the biggest margin since Assault won by eight a bad start. The people who bet millions of dollars in
Leonard Blach, marginal players in the racing game, lengths in 1946. all the pools on his horse didn't quite figure in his cal-
put up $25,000 to enter him in the race and another "It's hard to believe we came in here and won this culations. The stewards, apparently, were not interest-
$25,000 to get him into the gate. That's a lot of money thing,” Chip said. That goes double for the rest of us. ed either.
and a lot of faith. "We came here because it is a privilege and honor to Ah, well. One final note: Mine That Bird, sold for
They had no real expectation of winning. At the be a part of the Derby," he went on. "This horse never $9,500, was sired by Birdstone, the 36-1 bombshell
barn the day after the race, Allen, a good old cowboy got the credit for his ability. Look, he earned his way winner of the 2004 Belmont Stakes, who deprived
in his black Stetson and Harley Davidson shirt said, "I here. It's not like we just paid up and brought him here. Smarty Jones of a Triple Crown. Birdstone was
can't believe this has happened to us. We put up the He deserved his chance to run. trained by none other than the old philosopher, Nick
money - a lot of money for us - because we wanted "I was surprised he went off at 50-1. I thought he'd Zito. That was his payoff for his faith.
the experience of coming to the Derby. We hoped to be 100-1. Every paper in town said he had the best Reprinted from New York Post
run a respectable sixth or better. We would have been chance of anyone to run last."
happy to finish 10th, which means we would have Chip was asked whether he had received many
TRACKS GAMBLING ON FUTURE TO STAY AFLOAT
The American racing business is bankrupt. It can no as West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Indiana,
longer sustain itself. Oklahoma, New Mexico and Delaware for one reason
It is bereft of funds, profits, leadership, ideas, ener- RAY only -- they are funded by gushers of slot money.
gy and optimism. From New York to Los Angeles, It has come to this: Racing in its present form will
and many circuits in between, it is sitting on its hands, KERRISON survive only if it is subsidized by cash flows from
waiting for politicians to rescue it with slot machine other gambling sources. After nearly 300 years, it can
bailouts. no longer support itself. How tragic.
The spectacle is humiliating. Guest What went wrong? Here's a partial list: Initially
Any lingering doubt about racing's solvency was
removed last week in Kentucky, where racing leaders
Columnist smugness, compounded with no foresight, no
accountability, too many inept executives, too much
went to the state legislature, begging bowl in hand, political interference, too much cronyism, too much
pleading for a license to install video lottery terminals corruption, too many taxes, indifference to the cus-
to save the sport. If Kentucky cannot survive without slot machine tomer base, etc.
For their efforts, they got the flip. subsidies, what hope is there for other states? Here are three quick, current shortcomings:
Kentucky is the cradle of American horse racing, The landscape is bleak. In California, Bay Meadows 1. Modern racing has no stars. They're all in the
the historic capital with its vast Blue Grass breeding is now a pile of rubble, the esteemed Hollywood Park breeding shed. No sport can prosper without stars to
farms, yearling sales, bourbon and fabled Derby. Yet, is not far behind and Santa Anita is on the auction engage and excite the base.
there it was, confessing to the world it cannot survive block. It has no slots. 2. The modern racing program is an endless stream
on its own. The New York Racing Association is bankrupt, fis- of small fields and short-priced favorites. No compe-
A thousand racing people -- breeders, farmers, busi- cally and creatively. It surrendered its birthright -- its tition, no excitement.
nessmen, trainers, jockeys -- descended on Frankfort, three great tracks, Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct -- 3. If a product is not selling, check the price. Casinos
the state capital, in a big rally, imploring politicians to for a shaky promise from the venal political establish- and sports betting take an average 5 percent off the top.
give them slots. ment to get slots to keep it afloat. Racing's minimum take is 16 percent, stretching up to
Republican Sen. David Williams, told them, in New Jersey racing is on life support, propped up by 30 percent. It is priced out of the market.
effect, "Get lost." tens of millions of dollars pumped in by the Atlantic Is it the end of the line? Not for the foreseeable
Two of Kentucky's tracks, Ellis Park and Turfway City casino industry, which itself is being crushed in future. Slots will cover racing's shortfalls until their
Park, are ready to fold. Churchill Downs makes a the economic downturn. corporations and shareholders get tired of funding a
profit and has no debt, yet its president Robert Evans Maryland racing is a wasteland. Its long dismal his- losing proposition.
told shareholders, "Tracks without slots are going to tory of trying to get video terminals to save it needs no Time is running out. Racing desperately needs to
struggle mightily. There's no way around that." retelling here. Suffolk Downs, the Massachusetts flag- reinvent itself to save itself. Somewhere out there,
Alex Wardrop, president of the National bearer, has killed off its signature event, the $500,000 hopefully, is an entrepreneur who will know how to
Thoroughbred Racing Association, put it this way, Massachusetts Handicap (again) because it doesn't do it.
"Unless a track has slots, it has become difficult to have the money to bankroll it. No slots there, either. Reprinted from Nypost.com
compete on multiple levels." Racing is holding its own in some small states such
58 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
Zenyatta Vs. Rachel Would Make Pot Boil
Thoroughbred racing has fallen back into its annual forcing this kind of decision.
post-Triple Crown slumber.
Saratoga is great but on the national sports scene, it's Gent It's too late to turn back but this should be the last
time championship day is conducted on anything other
just another town in upstate New York. Outside of a than a traditional surface. This might be a moot point,
tight radius of the Spa, most stakes don't get more than since it's more likely California will return to dirt than
a sentence or two in sports sections, if that. any other major track will embrace the phony stuff.
The Breeders' Cup is strictly for ardent fans. It's not If Jackson is one of racing's grand sportsmen,
even on a broadcast network anymore. Football takes Zenyatta's owner, Jerry Moss, is in the photo. But he
all the oxygen out of the sports scene in late fall. The Keith Christopher would have to be a fool to come east, especially in a
Breeders' Cup status isn't helped by the self-serving year when the Breeders' Cup is in his backyard. Why
decision to move some of the core events to Friday - a So it was, too, with artificial racing surfaces. Over- put his mare's perfect record on the line when 2009's
workday for most Americans. reacting to an atypical spell of on-track injuries, Horse of the Year title is there for Zenyatta's taking. All
The only races that matter to most people are the California dictated that all its major tracks immediate- she has to do is run the table of the races on her tenta-
Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. This didn't ly convert to fake dirt. The thinking - if you can call it tive dance card, the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar, Lady's
have to be the case this year. A showdown between that - was that switching would reduce injuries, there- Secret at Oak Tree and then the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
undefeated Breeders' Cup champion Zenyatta and by increasing field size. Assuming both continue to win and considering the
Rachel Alexandra, who beat the boys in the Preakness How's that working out? Hollywood and Del Mar dearth of stars in the other divisions, Zenyatta's only
and has accomplished things not even Ruffian could weren't forced to curtail their racing schedules because serious competitor for the title would be Rachel
do, would capture the imagination of the nation. their help needed an extra day off. Now that the phony Alexandra. How could you give the championship to
It's criminal to allow this opportunity to pass. tracks have been in use a couple of years, it's obvious the latter when she skipped the Breeders' Cup, where
Unfortunately, it appears that the closest these two are that all California has done is trade one set of injuries titles are supposed to be won?
going to get to each other already happened on June for another, mainly to soft tissues. What's more, it's not as if Moss has been hiding
27, when they raced about 15 minutes apart; Rachel Meanwhile, it has produced a new form of racing, as Zenyatta. She came east last year and crushed her foes
Alexandra setting a stakes record in the Mother Goose different from the norm as turf is from old-fashioned in the Apple Blossom. She would have begun her sea-
and Zenyatta toying with her opponents while carrying dirt. To conduct the most important day in racing as a son this year at Churchill Downs on Derby weekend if
129 pounds in the Vanity Handicap. whole under these conditions makes a farce of the term the track hadn't turned into a quagmire.
There's plenty of blame to go around but there's also "championships." Since nothing out west has shown the ability to
plenty of justification for the reasons the race of the new This is why Jess Jackson says he has no intention of warm up Zenyatta and east of the Mississippi distaffers
millennium is almost certainly not going to take place. bringing his Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders' Cup for a have been humiliated time and again by Rachel
Start with the Breeders' Cup's decision to anchor showdown against Zenyatta. Jackson is one of the great Alexandra, we could wind up with a year in which the
championship day at Santa Anita for back-to-back years. sportsmen left in the game. He raced Curlin as a 4-year- two most exciting, dominant thoroughbreds in
Add on its entry-mate, California's decision to dictate old for the good of the sport. He took him to Santa Anita America do nothing but win while their failure to meet
that all its major race tracks install artificial surfaces. for the Breeders' Cup to race on an unfamiliar surface makes a big loser of racing.
This was typical for loopy California, which embraces when the Horse of the Year title was in his pocket. How Here's a question to ponder: let's say Jackson
every goofy feel-good scheme that comes down the many others would have done that? His decision to buy changes his mind and takes Rachel Alexandra to the
pike. This is the state, remember, which started the trend and race Rachel Alexandra against the boys in the Breeders' Cup. Would her epic showdown against
to replace paper grocery bags with plastic to save trees. Preakness brought enhanced drama (and TV ratings) to Zenyatta still be relegated to Friday, because that has
Then it realized how much damage plastic does to the the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. been designated as Ladies Day?
environment. So now, cloth bags are in vogue. They will So his decision not to travel cross-country and take I wouldn't bet against it.
remain so until someone discovers they can be made on Zenyatta on her unique home court should be above
cheaper in foreign sweat shops. criticism. To reiterate, blame the Breeders’ Cup for
NOW AND THEN SPA HAS BEEN MISSING
BITS & PIECES CAROLYN HINE
NYRA WILL HONOR BCRF
ON AUG. 22 AT SARATOGA
On Alabama Day, Saturday, Aug. 22, the New
York Racing Association will be honoring The
Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at
Saratoga Racetrack. The race preceding the Alabama
will be dedicated to BCRF. Myra Biblowit,
D. Wayne Lukas Steve Alaimo President, will be in the winners’ circle presenting
the winning trophy and will receive a donation from
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was
founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an inde-
pendent, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedi-
cated to funding innovative clinical and translational
research. The Foundation supports scientists at top The Saratoga community has been missing eminent-
universities and academic medical centers world- ly popular Carolyn Hine and her incredibly positive
interraction for several years.
wide conducting the most advanced and promising
Gene Stevens, pictured with her above, says she has
breast cancer research that will lead to prevention finally decided to undergo the double knee surgery she
and a cure in our lifetime. A minimum of 85 cents of has been putting off for so long. We wish Carolyn a
... in a galaxy far, far ... in the teen each dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly special successful recovery so she can rejoin us as
away heartthrob days to breast cancer research and awareness programs. quickly as possible.
AUGUST 2009 POST TIME USA 59
‘YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG’ - GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
By Gene Stevens
I have never seen the newspaper published near
Ocala named The Villages Daily Sun, nor have I ever
heard of its sports writer, Steve Day.
However, Bernie Dickman tells me he wrote the
BITS & PIECES
sports column for the paper for a couple of years about Last year, Jackson, sportsman that he is, ran his
two decades ago and was fired because he wouldn’t Horse of the Year, Curlin, with a second consecutive
write about what was happening in sports in and Horse of the Year title assured even if he hadn’t, on the
around The Villages. Santa Anita surface and the colt was defeated because
Day, apparently is responsible for the appearance of he couldn’t handle the synthetic track. Despite this,
an article on July 1, which was called to my attention. Curlin was resoundingly named Horse of the Year and
The heading read “Now I See Why (Jess) Jackson’s 3-year-old Male Champion.
Silks Are Predominantly Yellow, They Match His While he is entitled to his opinion, I suggest that Barbara Banke, Julia, Chris, Katie
Personality.” When I looked up the paper’s telephone author Day, who I assume is quite young and evidently and Jess Jackson
number and called it, it took two days for someone to grossly misinformed, write about something other than Photo by Marguerite Hill
answer. When I asked for the name of the article’s horse racing until he learns more about it. Until then he
author, who was not identified, I was told it had to is this issue’s Meathead of the Month, a booby prize for from Ricky and myself. As a horse lover who has
come from the sports writer, Day, because he was the which he is eminently qualified. worked with different talents over the years, I know
only one who wrote about horse racing. The following this horse is special, my “Derby horse.” After the colt
went through the ring, Mr. Jackson came to the barn
are his conclusions:
“When I heard of Jackson’s position against Santa
Meathead of the Month to see him. I pulled him out, and Mr. Jackson told me
Anita’s synthetic surface, (which he refers to as plas- the only other big chestnut he had was Curlin. I told
tic), all I heard was cluck, cluck, cluck of a chicken.” him the colt had big shoes to fill and Mr. Jackson
The reference was made due to Jackson’s refusal to agreed, but I said he could do it.
run his super filly, Rachel Alexandra, against Jerry Following is an opposing point of view regarding Mr. Jackson, since I had to sell my “Derby horse,”
Moss’ sensational Zenyatta in the upcoming Jess Jackson, which is the standard shared by the major- I am honored it was to you. You are a prime example
Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, which would no ity of horsemen in the racing industry. This was printed of what we need more of in our business – a person
doubt determine the Eclipse Award winner. in The Blood-Horse on Oct. 18, 2008. who believes in right versus wrong. You are a busi-
Both owners are true horsemen and Moss has gone so “Although this is a letter for publication, it is dedicat- nessman with the love of the animal and the courage
far as to admit he is not enamored with Santa Anita’s ed to Mr. Jess Jackson. to take chances (like racing Curlin another year) that
synthetic surface, either. Jackson’s position is that he has I have been involved with horses since the age of 5, benefit something more than yourself.
to do what is best for his horse and risking Rachel and currently am assistant trainer for Ricky Leppala. Best of luck to you and Combatant.”
Alexandra’s health and future on a surface he feels she At the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds, Mr. Jackson Stori Householder
may not like is not in the best interests of his filly. purchased a Fusaichi Pegasus colt, named Combatant, Ocala, Fla.
MY BRIEF EPISODE WITH MICHAEL JACKSON
It was during the late 70s or early 80s that Michael dancers were a feature on all of Jackie’s shows. The
Jackson, at the height of his popularity, visited Miami problem was the pandemonium it would cause,
for a few days. The one thing he wanted most was to including gigantic traffic problems if word of the get-
meet Jackie Gleason, who had moved his weekly TV together leaked out. With good planning and security
show from New York to Florida. Vic Jarmel, a friend of it all worked out.
mine who was a theatrical agent and public relations Michael, in disguise, and Jackie were hustled into a
phenom, told me about Michael’s request and swore back room where the restaurant held parties and pri-
me to secrecy while he got to Gleason. vate corporate affairs. They spent two hours having
Jackie was delighted at the opportunity and agreed to dinner and chatting, and Gleason admitted he was just
the meeting which was set for Marty Sussman’s Place as excited to meet Michael. The two icons hit it off
For Steak Restaurant on Biscayne Blvd. and 180th beautifully and felt better for the experience. Perhaps
Street in Miami. Sussman also owned the successful even equally amazing is that not one person in the
restaurant in N.Y. with the same name. packed restaurant recognized either of them – coming
I had been with Gleason several times and knew his or going.
wife, Marilyn, and her sister, June Taylor, whose
WILL FARISH ENDOWS DISABLED JOCKEYS
FUND WITH $1 MILLION
Congratulations are in order to Will Farish, owner of and others will change what these jockeys, who put
Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., for his $1 million their lives at risk each time they climb aboard a thor-
contribution to the Disabled Jockeys Fund. It will be oughbred, have to contend with.
distributed to the fund at $250,000 a year over four Congratulations also to Will’s son, Bill, Chairman
years, a great gesture. of the Breeders’ Cup. Bill learned that vitally-needed
“It is my hope that members of the racing communi- revenue, which would have come from slots and VLTs
ty continue supporting the fund, not only to help meet in Kentucky was sidetracked due to the non-efforts of
the day-to-day needs of our athletes, but to build an David Williams, President of the State Senate. The
endowment that will provide a permanent funding measure had already passed the House of
source for their long-term care,” Farish said. Representatives.
Nobody can capture the essence It is refreshing to learn of deeds like the one Farish “It’s a very frustrating thing to see people in the
of a great race horse provided. It is what the industry needs as opposed to industry who apparently are happy to see us leave,”
like Anthony M. Alonso just words and promises from well-meaning people Bill said.
who never follow up. Hopefully, examples by Farish Atta boy, Bill, keep telling it like it is and never give up.
60 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
SENATE PRESIDENT WILLIAMS SHOULD BE IMPEACHED
By Gene Stevens has often been one of our publication’s contributors,
At a time when the $4 billion Kentucky thorough-
bred racing and breeding industry is gasping for oxy-
gen, suffering the slings and arrows of intense com-
BITS & PIECES can help us understand it.
OUR STATE SENATE IS CONTROLLED
petition from bordering states which have brought in
slots and VLTs, a Republican Senate led by its presi- Williams Out Of The Kentucky Senate” signed on to BY A POLITICAL HACK
dent, David Williams, has managed to prohibit the do just that and have inundated radio station Wave 3 By Billy Reed
Bluegrass state from being competitive. In denying with calls and emails accusing him of being a gambler Hailing from Mount Sterling, Kentucky
the slots proposal which was approved by the House and a hypocrite and taking the position he has in order I’ve always resented the hateful stereotypes about
of Representatives, what Williams has done has jeop- to promote his political career. Southerners in general and Kentuckians in particular.
ardized what it took Kentucky’s horse industry a half What Williams has done is put Kentucky horsemen We’re not a bunch of ignorant, shiftless hillbillies who
century to accomplish. Nero couldn’t have been in a rowboat floating in mid-ocean without an oar dur- see nothing wrong with marrying our cousins. But you
more effective than Williams, who fiddles while the ing a horrific storm. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear know what? We are a backward society and we prove
state he represents is burning. and his supporters, who favor the legislation which it every chance we get.
As though matters weren’t deplorable enough, Williams saw to it never was voted on, find themselves Our state senate is controlled by a two-bit political
Williams is claiming the Kentucky horsemen’s in the same rowboat as the horsemen. I have recently hack who represents five of the most economically
attacks on him have put his political career and char- suggested to begin calling Williams by the initials depressed counties in the commonwealth. Yet proud-
acter in jeopardy. What character? Williams further which best describe him – B.A. for Benedict Arnold. ly, even smugly, he orchestrated the defeat of a pro-
contends the attacks on him have been a scam. Churchill Downs recently attracted 89,000 cus- posal that would have helped Kentucky’s world-
Commenting on the attacks against him, Williams tomers during a three-night experiment, an increase of famous horse industry and provided a new revenue
has said, “The entire matter has just been a scam,” more than 400 percent compared to the attendance on stream to put a dent in our huge budget deficit.
and he’s right. The only problem is that the $4 billion the identical days last year. It should have afforded The proposal was to allow Kentucky’s race tracks to
Kentucky horse industry is the party being scammed Churchill Downs good cause for celebration. Most of expand their gambling monies by adding slot
by Williams, the true scammer. that was diminished, flying out the window after what machines. Period. Nothing more nefarious than that.
Even Bob Evans, CEO of Churchill Downs, usual- Williams was guilty of pulling. But thanks to Senate President David Williams and his
ly a non-combative person, was quoted as saying, Someone needs to explain how any person elected to Republican stooges in the senate, the bid didn’t even
“Williams and his followers have put Kentucky rac- office in Kentucky can expect to successfully promote make it to the floor. It was DOA, as they say on crime
ing on the do not resuscitate list.” More than a thou- their political career by biting the hands that feed them. shows.
sand horsemen formed a group called “Get David Perhaps Eclipse-winning journalist Billy Reed, who
LARRY KING’S BOOK A GUARANTEED WINNER
By Gene Stevens arrived in Miami, there will be a chapter dedicated to atrical partner, Steve Lawrence, are the funniest peo-
My pal Larry King, whom many feel is the greatest our incredible experiences in the autobiography I am ple I have ever met. Both could earn a substantial liv-
talk show host in history, has a new book on the mar- being pursued to publish. Larry is not only the greatest ing as stand-up comedians, and I can’t think of any-
ket titled “My Remarkable Journey,” which I am salesman I’ve ever come across, he and my early the- one who is a better story-teller than Larry.
endorsing as a must-read. The back cover carries an
endorsement from former President Bill Clinton, who
not only formed a friendship with Larry, but became Memory Lane
part of his incredible life. Clinton is one of countless
notables from all walks of life who have had similar
bonding with Larry.
King says Clinton is the world’s greatest interview
and gives the reasons why. Larry’s book details how
unlikely the odds were that Jackie Gleason and Frank
Sinatra, at a time when few knew who he was, would
be responsible for calling attention to what they
referred to as Larry’s amazing talent.
Larry and I, both from Brooklyn, were very close
during the time he was starting his professional life in
Miami. He was one of Post Time USA’s initial con- Elizabeth and Steve Calder get a kick out of
tributors and helped get this publication off the one of Larry King’s anecdotes
ground with his insightful columns. How close were
we? Look at the photo credit of his accompanying pic-
ture taken at a time that seems like a lifetime ago.
On the few occasions we now see each other it’s as
though our kindred spirit has never waivered. I’m
proud of his accomplishments as well as the peace it
appears he has finally found.
Don’t miss reading this book. Once you pick it up
you’ll have difficulty putting it down. The surround-
ing photos are of Larry and I acting as co-masters of
ceremony at a dinner honoring Steve Calder, who was
responsible for bringing summer racing to South
Florida. Larry King in the Miami days
Elizabeth Calder, Steve Calder
Larry was so much a part of my life when we both and Gene Stevens Photo by Gene Stevens
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PHOTOS BIRDSTONE STRIKES AGAIN CONTINUED ON PAGES
62 AND 63
WITH SUMMER BIRD IN BELMONT STAKES
When Rachel Alexandra outlasted Mine That Bird in the Preakness Stakes she stretched the streak without a Triple Crown winner to 31 years. It was
1978 when Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner. However, the Belmont still had unprecedented Triple Crown implications. Calvin Borel chose
to ride Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness even though he had ridden Mine That Bird to his stunning Kentucky Derby victory two weeks before. Borel
had guided Rachel Alexandra to a 20¼-length score in the Kentucky Oaks, and when he chose to forsake Mine That Bird in the Preakness, it did more
than make his decision a first. It marked the first time a jockey had the possibility of winning the Triple Crown on different horses, because he was back
aboard Mine That Bird for the Belmont. But it was not to be.
Instead, the 52,861 who attended the Belmont saw Summer Bird come from out of the clouds to win the “Test of a Champion.” Summer Bird’s 2¼-
length victory was sweet music for
Kent Desormeaux, who was criticized
over his ride in the 2008 Belmont after
the inexplicable non-performance
aboard heavy favorite Big Brown.
Physicians Kalarikkal and Vilasini
Devi Jayara-man are the owners and
breeders of Summer Bird, who is
trained by relative newcomer Tim Ice.
Summer Bird skipped the Preakness
after finishing 6th, 13 lengths behind Malcolm Smith, Gov. David
Mine That Bird, in the Derby. Ed and Maureen Lewi, Marylou Ginny Moens, Charlotte Weber, Paterson, Mayor Michael
Whitney and John Hendrickson Masa Hashiguchi, Tom Treacy Bloomberg, Gene Stevens
Livia Moller, Chris and Patricia Meech,
Elizabeth Valando, Clara Verfy, Cissy and John Hamilton,
Madeline Meech (in front) Hal Handel, Charles Hayward Steve Duncker Vianne and Carl Lizza
Enzina Mastapolita, Gene Stevens, Mike Sellitto, Aimee Brisson, Richard Schiavo, Sally Hill, Dave Stevenson,
Barbara Livingston Lee Einsidler Mike and John Iavarone Dr. James Hill
Robert and Laurie La Penta Garrett Gomez Terence Collier, Sally Hill Anna and Jeff Puglisi
Kathleen Ree, Connie de Pasquale, Carole
Peb Bellocq, Gene Stevens Justin and Suzee Bailey Bronson and Stella Thayer Mittler, Patrice Wolfson, Austin Mittler
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PHOTOS BIRDSTONE STRIKES AGAIN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 61
CONTINUED ON PAGE 63
WITH SUMMER BIRD IN BELMONT STAKES
Amy Pospisil, Brady Lukas,
Claire Conell, Sharon Pittman, Kate Veitch, D. Wayne Lukas,
Liz Wittig, Nichola Knudsen Charlotte Weber, Gene Stevens Lee Einsidler, Gene Stevens John Hendrickson
Anthony Martin, Kalie Alberti, Richard Schiavo, Andrew Cohen, Mike Iavarone, Susie Crowell, Gene Stevens,
Gene Stevens, Robby Albarado Rick Dutrow Molly Dutrow Jenny Lake, Tania Giauque
Aimee Brisson, Joe and Katherine Suzie and Dr. Lynwood
Lee Einsidler De Francis Steve Haskin John Sikura O’Cain
Mike Iavarone, Larry Saumell,
Gene Stevens Jeff and Michael Hess Jennifer and Scott Lake John Adger, Angie Ellis Gene Stevens
Gov. David Paterson,
Gene Stevens Don Zimmer Elizabeth Valando Steve Crist Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt
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PHOTOS BIRDSTONE STRIKES AGAIN CONTINUED FROM
PAGES 61 & 62
WITH SUMMER BIRD IN BELMONT STAKES
Terence Collier, Sally Hill, Gene Stevens Dave Stevenson, Dr. James Hill Mike Letis Gov. David Paterson, Gene Stevens
Ed and Maureen Lewi Rick Hammerle, Joanne Daw Cot and Anne Campbell Eileen and Joe Cornacchia
Richard Schiavo, Bob Shwajlyk, John O’Connell,
Michelle Nevin Mike Iavarone Sgt. Rudy Baffa
The Steel Curtain: Heliodoro Gustines, Claire Conell, Sharon Pittman, Saul Kagan,
Janine Cope, German Toro Samuel Torres John Paul Pucek Mark Frimmel, Liz Wittig
Susan and Josh Finley, Susan and Keith
Rose, Debbie and Terry Finley, Anthony Martin, Kalie Alberti,
Tom Bellhouse, Ryan Finley, Britt Hall Kathleen and Barry Irwin Al Hunt, William Bayham Ken McPeek
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CHIRAC WINS MONMOUTH’S SKIP AWAY STAKES
BILL DENVER / EQUI/PHOTOS
It was as though time stood still as Skip Away’s
owner, Carolyn Hine, made her usual appearance at
tracks which run stakes in memory of her iron
thoroughbred’s superior exploits. Her late husband,
Hubert “Sonny” Hine, trained the grey locomotive
Horse of the Year (both earned Hall of Fame honors).
Dozens of friends, fans and Monmouth’s racing
community greeted Carolyn throughout the day and
it was as though she had never left the seashore track
where she and Sonny spent a large part of their lives.
Carolyn Hine, Gene Stevens, Laura Brunetti Despite Carolyn always traveling to New
and Dr. Angelo Chinnici present the trophy for the
Skip Away Stakes to the connections of the winner, Jersey from her home in Florida for the annual
Chirac, including trainer Jane Cibelli (third from trophy presentation, this year seemed more nostalgic Pia M. Kirkham’s Chirac, trained by
left) and jockey Elvis Trujillo than most. Jane Cibelli, under Elvis Trujillo,
winning the Skip Away Stakes
Terry Meyocks, CEO of the Jockeys Guild,
Bob Kulina, V.P. of Thoroughbred Racing for Blood-Horse columnist Steve Haskin,
the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, Michael Iavarone, CEO of IEAH Stable, Dr. Angelo Chinnici, Monmouth Park Medical
and Gene Stevens, publisher of Post Time USA, and publisher Gene Stevens in the Director, Carolyn Hine, Gene Stevens,
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POST TIME New York State
USA Breeding Section
Volume 36 Number 2 August 2009
POLITICS VS. NEW YORK RACING — IT’S A WALKOVER
I opened a thesaurus recently looking for synonyms son, President and CEO Charles Hayward said
for the word dysfunctional. Listed were the following:
"broken, debilitated, decayed, defective, deteriorated,
Klingin’ NYRA's year-to-year business is down about 10 per-
cent over the first six months of 2009. He projected a
maladjusted, sick, unfit, wounded, flawed."
Those words, and many more which are unprintable To The Edge 5-7 percent drop at Saratoga. The anticipated Spa
decline is even worse when considered in the context
in polite society, describe the legislative system in that the 2008 numbers were down 10 percent from
New York. As this is being written, governance in the by Nick Kling 2007.
'Empire State' is at a standstill. Hayward went on to say purse levels at Saratoga will
There are 62 State Senators in New York. At the than Aug. 1. That date is in peril until the Senate (tem- contract to 2006 levels, the result of the national reces-
moment, there is a de facto split among them — 31 in porarily) ends its dysfunctionality. A Senate Majority sion and the smaller NYRA revenue stream. COO Hal
the Democratic caucus and 31 in the Republican. The Leader has to sign off on the project, along with the Handel added that the association could take only
standoff was created when two of the former switched Governor and Assembly Speaker. No leadership, no "cold comfort" from the reality that the casino gaming
sides, then one went back to his original affiliation. VLT decision. industry was in worse shape than thoroughbred racing.
Both parties claim the position of Senate Majority There is no conceivable way to explain New York's The silver lining for Saratoga fans is that the quality
Leader. Neither has been able to establish the authori- history of inaction on the Aqueduct Racino. Let's recap. of racing is not expected to change.
ty to hold the gavel of control. Although Governor VLTs were authorized for nine state racetracks eight The 36 days of racing will feature 48 stakes races
David Paterson has issued a daily order for the body to years ago. Eight of the nine have had operational with $10.8 million of purse money. The stakes are
convene, the respective caucuses gavel in and gavel Racinos for several years. Only the Aqueduct project divided into 15 Gr. 1 events, 14 Gr. IIs, 5 Gr. IIIs, and
out in mere moments, with no work being done. has been stalled and stonewalled. The revenue that 14 listed stakes. There will be a Gr. I race held every
One might think by the time you read this the situa- would have been produced by the yet unbuilt facility Saturday of the meet.
tion would have resolved itself. One might think that, would dwarf the others combined. The quality of those events, and the approximately
but the stalemate has dragged on for several weeks New York taxpayers are losing $400 million every 305-310 other races carded over the course of the six
with no sign either party is willing to give an inch. year — more than $1 million per day. VLTs would pro- weeks, should be outstanding. According to vice pres-
Maybe they'll find a coin to flip. vide $30-40 million per year for purses at Aqueduct, ident and director of racing P.J. Campo, NYRA had
Remember. This is New York, where politics trump Belmont and Saratoga, elevating payouts from $115 3,400 stall applications from 170 trainers. With a
logic every day of the week and twice on Sundays. million to the neighborhood of $150 million. capacity of around 1,800 stalls, that allows Campo to
The impasse has been worsened by a previous scan- The power of the machines was illustrated recently assign space to the most worthy, and those most likely
dal. There has been no Lieutenant Governor for 16 by a comparison between New York and Pennsylvania. to put their animals on the racetrack.
months. That is the result of former Governor Eliot Two years ago, Pennsylvania horsemen received $3 There is a reasonable chance Spa patrons will get to see
Spitzer's resignation following 'Hookergate,' his dal- million in purse augmentation from their state. That super filly Rachel Alexandra on a Saturday afternoon.
liance with a high-priced call girl. Paterson moved up, total has climbed to $22 million, the direct result of Among the events being considered for the 3-year-old
leaving his former office unfilled. The Lt. Governor is VLT revenue in the Commonwealth. winner of the Preakness and Kentucky Oaks are the
authorized by the New York constitution to preside Two years ago, New York horsemen benefited to the Travers Stakes versus males, or the Alabama, Personal
over the Senate and break ties. If no such person tune of $13 million from similar augmentation. Today, Ensign and Go For Wand, versus her own gender.
exists, no deciding vote can be cast. the total remains at the same $13 million level. Less likely is a match-up between Rachel and
The New York legislative process mimics the The result? New York breeders are shipping horses Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta. After opening the door
Federal system. A bicameral legislature passes bills, across the border. Along with them go jobs and associ- to such a prospect, Zenyatta's owner, Jerry Moss,
which then become law if signed by the Governor. ated agribusiness revenue -- losses that cash-strapped closed it by saying a trip east for the mare was unlike-
Paterson and the State Assembly have been going New York State can ill afford. ly. Moss went on to add, "(The Breeders' Cup) is where
about business as usual. The Senate's inaction means The New York Racing Association (NYRA) would championships are supposed to be resolved."
nothing moves to completion. get a significant portion as well. That revenue stream Rachel Alexandra's majority owner, Jess Jackson,
Although it may be pleasant to fantasize about a was included in NYRA's reorganization plan when it had previously ruled out pointing his filly for the
world where politicians don't exist and can't cause came out of bankruptcy. Breeders' Cup, which will be run on Santa Anita's Pro-
trouble, that is not the reality.The longer the stalemate The association traded deeds to its racetrack proper- Ride surface. That declaration had raised hopes for a
continues, the greater the cost to New York taxpayers, ties for an upfront payment to keep it afloat until VLT confrontation at the Spa.
institutions and businesses. money kicked in. Not one nail in the Aqueduct Racino A race between the two would make Saratoga 2009
Among the losers is New York racing. has been driven, virtually guaranteeing NYRA will run something special. Even without it, the summer should
Still in waiting is the designation of an operator for short of cash sometime in 2010. still be mighty good.
the Aqueduct VLT (video lottery terminal) Racino. That creates two potential scenarios. In the first,
But, you ask, didn't it say in this space last winter that NYRA goes back to the state for operating revenue and
an operator had been chosen? Yes, it did. However, gets it. In the second, it goes back to the state and is
that was before the full effects of the national reces- denied. The latter would threaten the continuation of
sion became known. NYRA racing. As implausible as that seems, the Senate
Paterson selected Delaware North as the VLT fran- stalemate is one more example of how New Yorkers Gov. David
chisee last year. The firm was unable to complete never say never to government malfeasance. Paterson
financing for the project and could not make a prom- Even if NYRA gets the funds, it is money wrested and
ised up-front cash payment to the state, forcing it to away from taxpayers -- cash which should have come
withdraw. Gene Stevens
from VLT players. at the
The bidding was reopened and at least six compa- Given economic circumstances, things would be far
nies offered proposals. Paterson announced several Belmont
from rosy at NYRA even with VLT revenue. At a June
weeks ago the new operator would be chosen no later Stakes
29 press conference detailing the coming Saratoga sea-
Photo by Marguerite Hill
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BUCKS AUCTION TREND MARGUERITE HILL
James Schettine, Kate Lillecrapp,
William and Alex Schettine Jill and Bob Baffert John Sikura Charlotte Weber, Ginny Moens
How does a top auction company reverse an
industry trend decline after its previous August
Select Yearling Sale’s huge $289,310 average? If the
company is Fasig-Tipton, it averages $295,738 at its
following August sale, which is exactly what hap-
pened to the delight of its owners, customers and
Michael Vincent Magnier, son of Coolmore man-
aging partner John Magnier, signed the $2 million
ticket for the sale topper, a son of Storm Cat con-
signed by Ben Walden - Graceland. The top-priced
filly, also by Storm Cat, who has been pensioned, Paul Pompa Jr., Michael Pompa, Michael O’Farrell, Walter Blum Jr., Walter Blum,
was consigned by John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Laura Reynolds James LaMonica Louie Lazzinnaro
Agency. She was purchased by Barry Irwin’s Team
Valor for $1.5 million.
John Kimmel, Dr. Jenifer Garber,
Alex Schettine, Will Massey Marlene Brody Caesar Kimmel
Lori Vetter, Gene Stevens, Deputy Mayor Shauna M. Sutton, Patrice Smith, Gene Stevens,
April Steward Kate Lillecrapp, Gene Stevens Gene Stevens, Therese Connolly Stephanie Lazzinnaro
Abigail Adsit, Michael Hess, Kim Alessi,
Lance and Ashleigh Bell Jeff Hess Kelly Jette, Jerry Carroll James, William and Alex Schettine
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0 8 MARYLOU WHITNEY’S ANNUAL GALA: A NIGHT IN HONG KONG
20 MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
John Hendrickson Susan Lucci,
lead Marylou Marylou
to the entrance of Whitney,
Canfield Casino Cindi Bollettieri, Anders Ebbeson, Hendrickson
Sue Bassett Klauber, Gwen Hendrickson
Out of respect to the
effect of the nation’s eco-
nomic downturn, Marylou Anders Lucci,
and her husband, John Ebbeson, Gene Elizabeth
Hendrickson, have put Katherine Stevens Valando,
their annual themed gala,
Gene Stevens Stevens
in conjunction with
NYRA’s Whitney Stakes,
on hold this year.
However, last year’s
gala came off without a Helmut John
hitch with the usual cast of Susan and his
Marylou and John’s fami- Lucci mother,
ly, friends and associates Gwen
in attendance. Gene Stevens, Marylou Whitney,
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Charles and Betsy Senior Hayward, D. Wayne Lukas, Katie Veitch,
Carl Nafzger Ed Lewi, Jim Tafel Michael Dubb Ed Lewi, Betsy and Charles Hayward
Joseph Saucier, Timothy Rodriguez, Charles Hayward, Carl Nafzger, Ed Lewi,
Michele and Ron Riggi Steve Duncker Maureen Lewi, Gene Stevens Betsy Senior Hayward and Jim Tafel
Each year, a few days prior to the Travers
Stakes, NYRA pays tribute to the previous Mid-
Summer Derby-winning connections. Last year’s
honorees were Street Sense winning owner Jim
Tafel, trainer Carl Nafzger and jockey Calvin
This year’s honorees are Colonel John’s own-
ers, Winstar Farm’s Bill Casner and Kenny Ray Rivers with Anne and Joe
Troutt, trainer Eoin Harty and rider Garrett McMahon, whom he introduced decades Timothy Rodriguez,
Gomez. The auction, celebration and dinner ben- ago after which they got married Tom Durkin Patty Rich, Lou Riggi
efit worthy charities.
Festivities will be
held at Saratoga Race
Course on Aug. 27
and begin at 6:30 p.m.
Call Ed Lewi and
Associates at 518-383-
6183 for ticket avail-
Frankie and Mary Ann Flores, Ann Marie Flores,
Gene Stevens Mary and John Ryan Donna and Ken Cook Gene Stevens, Roddy Valente
John and Susan Moore,
Dr. Lynwood O’Cain, Phylise Banner, Vinny Feola, Liz Wise, Suzie and Dr. Lynwood O’Cain,
Gene Stevens, Suzie O’Cain, Todd Engel Mustapha and Ann Fostock Gene Stevens Linda and Sam Palazzole
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MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
Visionaire wins Kings Bishop.
NetJets presents trophy to Team Valor Marylou Whitney Gov. David Paterson,
and jockey Alan Garcia and John Hendrickson Sen. Joe Bruno, Gene Stevens Colonel John eked out the victory
Two of the four stakes races carded for last year’s
Travers Day, NYRA’s signature race day at
Saratoga, were Gr. 1’s. Winstar Farm’s Colonel
John, trained by Eoin Harty under Garrett Gomez,
won the Travers over Mrs. William S. Kilroy and
William S. Farish’s Mambo In Seattle, trained by
Neil Howard with Robby Albarado. The photo was
so close each jockey thought the other had won it. It
was the second consecutive year the Farish/Howard
team captured second place in the Travers. It was
also a day that N.Y. Gov. David Paterson attended
Michael Iavarone, Robert LaPenta,
the Spa with his entourage.
Gene Stevens Lee Einsidler, Amee Brisson Gene Stevens
Gayle Brophy, Mustapha and Ann Fostock, Ginny Moens, Karla Wolfson, Michele Riggi, Joe Bruno, Sylvia Hamer,
Gene Stevens Charlotte Weber Margie Rotchford Gov. David Paterson
Steve and Belinda Dr. Lynwood and Suzie Kent Desormeaux, Sylvia Hamer, Maryann Aarseth, Vinny Feola,
Duncker O’Cain Sohby Sonbol Gene Stevens Liz Wise (NetJets)
Jimmy Christmas, German Toro, Garrett O’Rourke, Lance Bell, Garrett O’Rourke, Jeff and Annabelle Puglisi,
Janine Cope, Dolph Rotfeld Gene Stevens David Richardson Anna Lepore Conte, Gene Stevens
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HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS MARGUERITE HILL
The class of 2008 was formally entered into Racing’s Hall
of Fame at Fasig-Tipton’s sales pavillion in Saratoga. They
included trainer Carl Nafzger, jockey Edgar Prado, cham-
pion filly Inside Information, grass specialist Manila, jock-
ey Milo Valenzuela and California-bred Ancient Title. The
last two were selected by the Museum’s historic committee.
This year’s class of six will be honored at Fasig-Tipton’s
pavillion Friday, Aug. 14. They are trainer Bob Baffert,
jockey Eddie Maple, Tiznow and Silverbulletday in the
contemporary category. Steeplechase trainer Janet Elliot
and steeplechaser Ben Nevis II were selected by the historic
trophy to Client Nine connections committee. Skipadate
The 2008 Hall of Fame Stakes, following the induction
festivities, was won by Peter Willmott’s Wesley, trained by Mark Hennig with Javier Castellano aboard. In the race prior to the stake there was a dead
heat between Heilgbrodt Racing Stable’s Skipadate, a standout Gr. III-placed son of Skip Away, and Marylou Whitney’s Ninth Client, whom she and
John Hendrickson humorously named after N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer’s shenanigans. Both dead-heaters are pictured here in the winners’ circle.
Robert Klesaris, Edgar Prado Shug McGaughey, Ogden Phipps Leroy Jolley, Bradley Shannon Jim Tafel, Carl and Wanda Nafzger
Margarita and Jorge Velasquez,
Gene Stevens Dean Richardson D. Wayne Lukas Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Gene Stevens
Gene Stevens Kent Desormeaux John, Patricia and Diana Valenzuela
Cathy Lindberg, Gene Stevens Valenzuela family Wendy Hopkins Pat Day, Gene Stevens
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MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
The black tie and
evening gown crowd
turned out in force for last
year’s Hall of Fame
Museum Ball. Admission
to the affair (by invitation
only) was $1,500 to $2,000
per couple. That has been
reduced to $500 per ticket
for this year’s affair, which
will be conducted the
evening of the inductions,
Arthur Hancock III, Staci, Lynn, Hutchi, Chris and Patricia Meech,
Walker and Arthur Hancock IV Ron and Michele Riggi Elizabeth Valando, Gene Stevens
Dr. Jim and Sally Hill, Paul Tonko, Liz Bishop Noelle and Seth Melhado Rodion and Melissa Cantacuzene,
Barbara and Dave Stevenson Stella and Bronson Thayer
June Kimmel, Eileen and Joe
Paul and Joanne Oreffice Caesar and June Kimmel Gene Stevens Cornacchia Anne and Cot Campbell
Hilmer and Robert Clay,
the late Faye Schmidt Bill and Mary Hirsch Augie and Jeannette Jordan Mustapha and Ann Fostock Hilmer Schmidt
Richard Corbett, Stella Thayer, Melinda Smith,
Dennis Dammerman Beverly Lewis, Gene Stevens Doug Henderson Bob and Wanda Quigley, Rye Paige
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20 FINE DINING, GREAT SERVICE, PARTY ATMOSPHERE
DEFINE SIRO’S, SPA’S UNIQUE GOURMET EXPERIENCE
MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
James Parker, Lenny Carparelli,
Tom Dillon and his son, Brady, cooking John Farrell, Michelle Alicino Tom Dillon, Gene Stevens, Elisabeth and Terence
something up with Gene Stevens and Gene Stevens Brady Dillon Collier
Only a gate separates Saratoga Race Course
from Siro’s, home of a memorable dining
experience no matter where you've eaten
around the world. As the photos suggest,
everyone from owners, chefs, maitre d's, et al
at Siro’s partake in the nightly celebrations.
Siro's is among the most unique dining
establishments in the country. How magnifi-
cent is its bottom line? Up until this year, it
was the only restaurant in America open for
less than two months, beginning the final
week in July, prior to NYRA's Saratoga Marcia Millington Michael Stone,
meeting, through its closing a week after and Gene Stevens Alan Garcia and Gene Stevens Terence Collier
Pastry Chefs Elise Soto
Wayne Beddoe, Michael Dickinson and Talia DeVito Rajiv Maragh and Carrie Enrigh Tom and Gene
Miranda and Linda Lia, Lisa Pettograsso Brady and Tom Tom Daddona, Mike Letis Michael and Pina Basone, Anne Sawyer
Tony and Lisa Pettograsso, Linda Lia,
Marilyn Seltzer, Rich Decker, Art Preston Rayana Sedlak, William Lia Sr., William Lia Jr.,
George and Stephanie Autry, Patti Miller and Gene Stevens Gene Stevens Miranda Lia
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MARGUERITE HILL SILENT AUCTION DINNER & DANCE FIRST OF 2 PAGES
PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 85
Lori and Ken Gray, Eugene Melnyk,
Eugene and Laura Melnyk Emcee D. Wayne Lukas Jennifer Lake, Gene Stevens Michael & Leona Velazquez
A nice turnout of 400 attended the 2008 BCCA
benefit and $375,000 was raised for the children
at Anna House. Among the auction highlights was
Tommy Roberts’ bid of $14,000 for a seven-day
trip to the Tokyo Japan Cup donated by the
Japan Racing Association. Robby Albarado bid
$11,000 for a John Deere 4 x 4 Gator donated by
the New York Horsemen’s Association.
This worthwhile event benefitting the children
Graham Motion, Gail Beitz, of backstretch workers began with a $1 million
Dave and Barbara Stevenson contribution from Eugene Melnyk. Its continued Maggie Moss, Scott Lake Paul and Joanne Oreffice
success has come about via the support of racing
industry people, many of whom are pictured here.
This year’s event will be held at the Gideon Putnam Aug 26 at 6:30 p.m. D. Wayne Lukas, as usual, will be the master of ceremonies. For more infor-
mation, call 516-527-4746.
Julien Leparoux, Michelle Yu Julien Leparoux, Michelle Yu Kiaran and Erin McLaughlin
Eugene Melnyk, Charles Hayward, Roddy Valente, Jennifer Lake, Anthony and Kim Dutrow, Michael Dubb, Maggi Moss,
Gene Stevens John Selinger Gene Stevens Gene Stevens
Suzie and Dr. Lynwood O’Cain Tommy Roberts, Sally Hill Michael and John Velazquez Fonda and Tom Albertrani
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SILENT AUCTION DINNER & DANCE SECOND OF 2 PAGES
PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 84
Randi Melton, Stacy, Robby Albarado, Eugene Melnyk, D. Wayne Lukas,
Gene Stevens, Dana Zak, Jennifer Lake Charles Hayward Charles Hayward Javier and Abby Castellano
Todd Pletcher, Tracy Pletcher, Eugene Melnyk,
Eugene and Laura Melnyk Eugene Melnyk Eugene Melnyk Gene Stevens Jennifer Lake, Kim Dutrow
Eugene Melnyk, Kim Dutrow, Michael Dubb, Gene Stevens,
Gene Stevens Rick Violette, Dave Stevenson Joe McMahon, Dave Stevenson Phylise Banner
Tony Gonzalez, Frank Cavalli, Eugene Melnyk, Jennifer Lake,
Felix Huertas Stuart and Donna Chenkin Donna and John Ward Gene Stevens
Joanne Nielsen, Eugene Melnyk, Anthony and Kim Dutrow, Kim Dutrow, Gene Stevens,
Karen Kuehler Mike DeSano Chris and Jack Oddo Chris Oddo, Jennifer Lake
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2 00 LEE FAMILY’S WISHING WELL RESTAURANT
OFFERS TRADITION, FINE CUISINE & FUN
MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
The Wishing Well was the leg-
endary media giant Joe Hirsch’s
favorite place to dine. One of the
absolute musts when visiting the Spa
is the Lee family’s Wishing Well
Restaurant, where the quality and
service match America’s top dining
establishments. Brenda Lee and her
late husband, Bob, began the
Wishing Well about four decades ago
Paul Chaplin, Dale Brown,
and it continues to be a gathering Mary Alice, Jules Demchick, Barbara Ness,
Harvey and Roberta Chaplin,
place for the luminaries of racing. Bobby and Brenda Lee Adele Rose, Allan Weiss
Sam Grossman Edgar Prado and his daughter,
John and Ann Vieau Jeff Halstead Patricia
Monica and Ray Kerrison, Brenda Lee, David “Hook” Steele,
Gene Stevens Bobby Lee Helen and Dave Lenahan Keith Chamblin, Jim Gluckson
Jessica Morin, Dawn Briggs,
Gene Stevens and Courtney Balzer, Jessica Morin, Jessica Morin, Dawn Briggs,
Mary Alice Lee Gene Stevens and Dawn Briggs Dawn Briggs, Gene Stevens Mary Alice Lee, Gene Stevens
Mary Alice, Bobby and Brenda Lee Brenda Lee, Gene Stevens Rocky Richter, Brenda Lee Brenda Lee, Gene Stevens
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20 NEW YORK TURF WRITERS ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
MARGUERITE HILL FIRST OF 2 PAGES
PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 89
Richard Schiavo and
Michael Iavarone receive Steve Crist presents Secretariat Award
Katie Jackson, Scott Blasi, Richard Schiavo, Alfred G. Vanderbilt award for Curlin to Katie Jackson,
Barbara Banke Michael Iavarone, John Roberts from Irwin Cohen Barbara Banke and Scott Blasi
IEAH STABLES: Alfred G. Vanderbilt Award
(Person who did the most for racing)
CURLIN: Secretariat Award
RAGS TO RICHES: C.V. Whitney Achievement Award
WILLIAM MOTT: Fourstardave Award
(Excellence at the Saratoga Meeting)
LARRY JONES: Red Smith “Good Guy” Award
ALBERT FRIED JR.: Big Apple Award (N.Y.-bred achievement)
KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN: Woody Stevens Award
(Outstanding New York trainer)
CORNELIO VELASQUEZ: Eddie Arcaro Award
(Oustanding New York Jockey) Richard and Dee Schiavo,
Kathy and Joanne Jones, ADENA SPRINGS FARMS: Ogden Phipps Award (Outstanding breeder) Riley, Tina and Bill Mott,
Barbara Banke, Katie Jackson ZAYAT STABLES: Paul Mellon Award (Outstanding owner) Christine and Michael Iavarone
Dee and Richard Schiavo Ed Fountaine Michael and Christine Iavarone Anne Collins, John Roberts
David Grening presents Sobhy Sonbol accepts the Paul Jose Cuevas accepts Ogden Phipps
Todd Pletcher with the Kiaran McLaughlin receives Woody Mellon Award on behalf of Zayat Award for Adena Springs from
C.V. Whitney Achievement Award Stephens Award from Rick Lang Stables from Irwin Cohen Gene Stevens
John Roberts, Michael Iavarone, Bill Mott accepts Fourstardave John and Brad Hennegan receive
Gene Stevens, Richard Schiavo Donna and Ken Cook Award from Jenny Kellner Presidents’ Award from John Pricci
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MARGUERITE HILL SECOND OF 2 PAGES
PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 88
Kiaran McLaughlin waiting to
Ed Fountaine accepts Red Smith receive Woody Stephens Award Rick and Dawn Schosberg,
Riley, Tina and Bill Mott Good Guy Award for Larry Jones for Outstanding Trainer Sigrid and Al Fried, Stan O’Dell
Dr. Lynwood and Suzie O’Cain,
Gene Stevens Allen Jerkens, Dave Erb Steve and Robin Crist John and Tonya Terranova
Gene calls time out when an award
Todd and Tracy Pletcher Mandy Minger, Gene Stevens recipient couldn’t be found Barbara Banke, Katie Jackson
Al Fried receives Big Apple
Suzie and Dr. Lynwood N.Y.-Bred Achievement Award
Dave and Robin Litfin Rick and Dawn Schosberg Charles Hayward O’Cain from Bill Heller
Rick Lang, Kathie Pokoik, Stan O’Dell,
Marci, Irwin and Willner Cohen Alice and Ron Ceisler Luis Martinez, Tom Amello Donna and Ken Cook
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Farish family receives trophy for Richard Schiavo, Ralph Theroux, Dan Silver,
Mambo in Seattle Bob Baffert, John Sikura Michael Iavarone Hal Handel, Ken Cook
Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, Clay Davis, Viane Lizza, Cindi and Nick Bollettieri, Helmut Huber,
Gene Stevens Lucy Davis Teddy and Steve Duncker Marylou Whitney, Susan Lucci, Gene Stevens
Kassem Masri, James Boyd, Dale Brown, Paul, Roberta
Jason Blewitt, Jerry Bossert Joe and Anne McMahon and family Nick Sallusto and Harvey Chaplin
Ashley, Justin, Ahmed and Benjamin Randee Longo,
Zayat Al and Sigrid Fried, Stan O’Dell Judge Larry LaBelle Adam, Ros and Bob Coglianese
Carl Lizza, Patricia Prado, Braulio Baeza Jr., Joan Harris, Joe and Anne Fred Nicholson, Carl Lizza III, John
Viane Lizza Carmine Donofrio, Ken Cook McMahon, Anne Hayes Lizza, Carl Lizza Jr., Frank Lizza
Ellis Rubenstein, Marty Teriaco, Billy Haugland, Brittany Beardslee,
Jeff Puglisi Howard and Susan Kaskel Mallory Mort, Marlene Brody Andrea Latham, John and Viane Lizza
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20 SERGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT,
SARATOGA’S TRIPLE CROWN DINING
MARGUERITE HILL PHOTOS
Michael Iavarone, Louie Lazzinnaro,
Richard Schiavo Stephanie and Louie Lazzinnaro Michael and Christine Iavarone Dee and Richard Schiavo
The Lazzinnaro family is in the busi-
ness of making people happy. The food
at Sergios is so good, customers make
reservations a year in advance to avoid
getting turned away on crowded nights.
Widely considered the premier Italian
restaurant in Saratoga, the beautiful
people, track crowd and families gravi-
tate to Sergios in droves for authentic
cuisine that only mama could make. In
some cases, papa. Kayla and Emily Iavarone and Stephanie and Gail Doug Allocco,
Zack Schiavo cheer about a great dinner Lazzinnaro Sergio and Mario Lazzinnaro
Alan Garcia, Bobby Frankel, Carolyn Conley, Edgar Prado,
Louie Lazzinnaro Gail, Frankie and Sergio Lazzinnaro Walter Blum and Walter Blum Jr. Ken Ramsey, Nolan Grant
Michael Iavarone, Lee Einsidler, Aimee Brisson,
Louie Lazzinnaro, Gene Stevens William Schettine William Schettine, Gene Stevens Mike Sellito
Adam Dion, Gabrielle Acierno,
Sergio Lazzinnaro, Pierre Khoueiri Walter Blum Jr., Louie Lazzinnaro Anne Collins, John Roberts Claudio Soto
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MICHAEL JACKSON’S DEATH SHOCKS THE WORLD
Within moments of
death, text messages con-
in cerning his surprising pass-
Show Business ing were calculated at
65,000 per second. Initial
cause of death was listed as
cardiac arrest, but it is
widely believed to have resulted from drug overdose mixed with pain killers.
Jackson had been spending $48,000 a month to kill his pain and it worked. Michael
no longer is in pain. He died only weeks prior to his scheduled 50-city, 50-night
tour for which he was to receive $1 million per city. He is said to have been $400
million in debt with an estimated worth of $500 million.
Jackson’s memorial service conducted by his family at Los Angeles’ Staples
Center had about 20,000 attendees, and was viewed by hundreds of million people
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Prince Charles. Every major network carried the Jackson memorial in its entirety. The Best Bang For Your Advertising Dollar
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MARGIE COWAN WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
By Gene Stevens When the Cowans befriended you it was forever. occasional movie matinee on a mid-week, mid-day
South Florida had its own Princess Grace and Di They made sure I was invited to every party and saw afternoon when it wasn’t unusual if we were the only
in Marjorie Cowan, adopted daughter of supermar- to it that at the times I wasn’t seated at their main ring- people in the theater. We preferred it that way.
ket tycoon Sam Friedland and his wife Hattie. side table for the opening night shows due to certain Woodsey was the last winner Irv owned prior to
Margie married Irv Cowan, eight years her senior, business commitments, two seats in the first row next Hollywood Wildcat’s emergence.
who worked for her father when she attended Miami to theirs were reserved for me. I vividly recall attend- I feel blessed by the special friendship I formed with
Beach High School at age 16. If ever there was a ing Debbie and Art’s wedding and Jon’s Bar Mitzvah. the Cowans, and the opportunity they provided for me
couple destined for each other it was Margie and Irv. The greatest party planners in the world could not to build my entertainment portfolio, and for the suc-
Together they built a dynasty of success, affluence have conducted anything more incredible or unforget- cess they helped me to achieve with Post Time USA.
and community leadership rarely duplicated. Their table. Nor could it have been better produced by the Margie always told me I was an extension of the
interaction and friendship with every modern U. S. most renowned filmmakers. Cowan family. I’m sure Margie is up there somewhere
president, heads of state, superstar athletes, enter- I was fortunate enough to never have the Cowans instructing St. Peter how to better manage his endeav-
tainers and the nation’s decision makers, should be say no to me. Irv and I owned a colt named Woodsey ors. Margie, down here you’ll never be forgotten.
published and made into a movie. who was a handicap winner, and I took Margie to an
They began by taking over a failing Florida hotel
on Hollywood Beach called the Diplomat. It wasn’t
long before a complete refurbishing, combined with
Irv’s business acumen and Margie’s tenacity, turned
the hotel into a dynasty that equaled or surpassed
anything Las Vegas had to offer.
It came at a time when the entertainment industry
and its highly-paid feature performers were enjoying
a halcyon period in the ‘60s. Much of the Cowans'
initial success stemmed from their unique ability to
entice the nation’s most iconic performers to appear
at their suddenly world-famous Diplomat Hotel dur-
ing the bustling winter months - prior to their com-
petitors beating them to the punch. The majority of
these icons, from Frank Sinatra and the Ratpack on
down, became lifelong friends of the dynamic duo. Margie and Irv with the dream of a With the Chairman of the Board, With Julio Iglesias
Soon afterward, Margie, a possible incarnation of lifetime awaiting Francis Albert Sinatra
P.T. Barnum, was so successful in her ability to do
what others deemed impossible, she became looked
upon as the queen of all she surveyed and accom-
plished. Everything she and King Irv touched seem-
ingly turned to gold. This included producing a
Broadway musical for their friend, singer Peggy
Lee, and Margie’s creation of her own clothing line.
Other than their magnanimous charitable under-
takings, what they were most proud of was their suc-
cess in the multi-billion-dollar breeding and racing
Among their equine successes were Hollywood With Connie Francis The Cowan family: Sammy Davis Jr. with the Cowans
Wildcat, winner of the 1993 Breeder’ Cup Distaff Cindy, Irv, Jon, Margie, Debbie as they renew their vows
and 3-year-old Eclipse winner for Outstanding
Female; War Chant, winner of the 2000 Breeders’
Cup Turf, after being beaten in the Kentucky Derby
by Fusaichi Pegasus, and Society Selection, a three-
time Gr. 1-winning daughter of War Chant who com-
piled earnings of $2 million. All were bred by
Margie and Irv. Their progeny, along with other top
Cowan contenders, are listed among America’s and
Europe’s most successful achievers.
Margie and Irv had three children. Cindy is a
movie producer in Los Angeles; Debbie married Art
Margie, Carol Bayer Sager and
Fishman, one of the most successful and sought-after With Jerry Lewis Elizabeth Taylor (holding Olivia
ophthalmologists in the country, and Jonathan (Jon), and Totie Fields With Shirley McLaine and Barbara Eden Newton John’s daughter) and Olivia
who oversees the Cowans’ Schelborne Hotel on
South Beach for Irv. All inherited a love of horses.
Cindy and Debbie were national champion equestri-
ans, and Jon, a show horse jumping rider, was
injured preparing for the Olympics.
It’s difficult for me to accept Margie not being here
anymore. She suffered a stroke three years ago and this
past February her enormous heart stopped beating.
Throughout Margie and Irv’s 52-year marriage
they were hailed to be the greatest party givers on the
planet. During the decade of the ‘60s, each entertain-
ment icon’s weekly engagements were featured by
pre-opening as well as post-opening night parties
which were the talk of the industry. Margie and Irv
were a throwback to the way things used to be done. War Chant winning the At 2005 Festival of Billy Eckstein, Margie Margie with Sammy Davis Jr.,
First class, no scrimping, down to the most minute Breeders’ Cup Mile the Sun at Calder and Tony Bennett Liza Minelli and Gene Stevens
details - and the sky was the limit.
96 POST TIME USA AUGUST 2009
Cecilia Brozovich began her career in her native Peru, but within one
month after arriving in Miami, was booked for a Ford Motors shoot and
hosted a major PAF convention. After hosting "Bienvenidos" on
Telefutura Miami, she went on to supporting roles in "Nino," "Boulevard
Torbellino," "For Maria," and "Soledad," before landing the leading role
in "Tormenta de Pasiones."
Cecilia is an accomplished singer and dancer and has appeared in "La
Cage aux Folles." She loves to play squash and swim and can also hold
her own in the boxing ring. She says she's attracted to people who are D
down to earth, warm, friendly and outgoing. Cecilia sends hugs and kiss-
es to everyone who reads this.
If it hadn't been so many years since they recorded it, we would swear
we know who Simon and Garfunkel meant when they sang: "Cecilia,
you're breaking my heart . . . " L
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COPYRIGHT DEAL A JACKSON COUP YANKEES, SOX WILL SLUG IT OUT
One of MICHAEL JACK- As of the All-Star game, won
SON’s shrewdest deals was his by the American League for the Gene Stevens
$47.5 million acquisition in 13th straight time, it looks like
1985 of ATV Music, which the Yankees and Red Sox will go S PORTING
owned the copyrights to the
songs by the BEATLES’
down to the wire, neck and neck
in the battle to capture the
JOHN LENNON and PAUL American League East Cham- O UT
McCARTNEY. It provided pionship, with the runner-up get-
him with a steady stream of ting the wild card. As the second half of the season began, the Sox, on the strength
income and the ability to afford a lavish lifestyle. He purchased Neverland Ranch in of having beaten the Yanks in all eight of their match-ups, were three games ahead
1988 for $14.6 million, a phenomenal price for the 2,500-acre property in the hills of of the second-place New Yorkers, with Tampa Bay’s Rays trailing the Sox by 6½.
Santa Barbara’s wine country. By July 20 the Yankees had whittled the lead to one game. The Rays, last year’s
MADONNA seems to be having a tough time of it these days. I guess the older A.L. champions, still can’t be counted out, despite getting off to a slow start. I was-
she gets the younger she wants to look and it becomes quite challenging. She has n’t surprised to see the Rays stumble out of the gate since I usually look for the pre-
been named the third party in the ALEX and CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ divorce. vious year’s champions to be affected by the understandable intoxication of success.
Following that came the whopper, and I don’t mean the one you get at Burger King. This is particularly true of the Rays and their youthful contingent. Tampa Bay’s tal-
Former baseball star JOSE CANSECO told U.S. Weekly that Madonna, 49, ent and incredible speed should make them highly competitive the rest of the way.
begged him for his sperm during the ‘90s prior to having CARLOS LEON’s baby Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera, considered by most as the most prolific “saver” since
- LOURDES, now 11. “Madge wanted to get married and have a child with me,” that stat was invented, recently became the second pitcher to pass the 500-save mark. He
says Canseco. “She wanted a Cuban child.” But then again, almost everyone knows still has quite a way to go to catch Trevor Hoffman, the all-time leader in that category
that Jose has never exactly lived in the palace of truth. and still pitching for the Brewers. Rivera told an ESPN interviewer that he felt Hoffman
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN, 59, whose photo with MARGIE COWAN, is a better pitcher than he is. In the midst of the latest steroid scandal, Rivera was asked
CAROL BAYER SAGER and ELIZABETH TAYLOR holding her peanut of a if he ever considered using steroids, to which he laughed and replied, “I would never con-
baby girl, appears on page 95 of this issue. That little peanut is currently staging
sider putting anything like that into my body. I don’t even drink coffee.”
her own singing career while Newton John recently completed filming a renewal
The L.A. Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant and buoyed by the incredible play of Pau
of the musical Grease in which she originally co-starred with JOHN TRAVOLTA
and FRANKIE AVALON. Olivia’s former boyfriend, PATRICK McDERMOTT, Gasol, won the NBA championship relatively easily over the Orlando Magic. It has
disappeared in June 2005. He never returned from a fishing trip off the coast of led to a game of musical chairs regarding the trading and relocation of many of the
California and has not been seen nor heard from since. Newton John and JOHN league’s premier players. The three leading players in the league are Kobe, LeBron
EASTERLING, 56-year-old founder of Amazon Herb Co., who hails from Jupiter, James and this year’s leading scorer, Dwyane Wade. Common thinking was one
Florida, tied the knot on June 21 in Cuzco, Peru. more high profile player obtained by either LeBron’s Cavs or Dwyane’s Heat would
Speaking of Florida, WILL SMITH is smitten with Miami. He believes there is put that franchise in the most likely position to deny Kobe and Gasol a second con-
a specific place on Earth for every person and says Miami is his. His wife, JADA, secutive championship. The Cavs have already brought in Shaq to team up with
agrees and says, “There is something about Miami that makes Will very happy and James, and it leaves only Dwyane to be rewarded with another high quality team-
upbeat.” Will says Jada is a mountain girl. “She needs Connecticut in the winter. mate which could be what he needs to put the Heat on par to compete with the other
She’s happiest when she’s snowed in in Utah or someplace. For me, it’s Miami. top franchises. As we were going to press with this issue, there was talk that the
Everything I do I do better there.” Heat was thinking about making an offer to secure Alan Iverson and the Jazz’s
Ciao for now. Carlos Boozer to form Wade’s iron curtain.
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0 BACKSTRETCH APPRECIATION DINNER
AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS MARGUERITE HILL
Catarino Abejandro; Aguilar Rjuana
A short time before the end of last year’s Saratoga meet, Charlotte Weber and pal Ginny Moens suggested (holding Post Time USA showing the
we do an article about a wonderful happening that illustrates how many visable stars of the racing industry back cover with Shakespeare, who tells
make the effort to improve the lives of the backstretch employees. They told us about a benefit spearheaded us he was the groom of Shakespeare);
by Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, which provides a free dinner and movie every Mavla Garcia, Pedro Orantca
Sunday evening after the races. Included are grooms, exercise riders, trainers and all the vital - but rarely
acknowledged - backstretch employees.
Each Sunday a different themed dinner and a movie are featured. The first was Mexican, followed by Chinese, Italian and Cuban, followed by bar-
becued chicken and ribs, and ending with a turkey dinner. Marguerite Hill and I
attended the final event at Recreation Hall on Union Avenue. Panza Restaurants
are the primary contributors of the catered dinners and set up large white tents
decorated for the weekly attendees, usually around 1,000.
Marylou donated her own tablecloths and was in attendance with John at five of
the six dinners. Many of the leading farm and stable owners and trainers who race at
Saratoga contribute their time and funding to the project and were often seen join-
ing the backstretch personnel and their families for dinner.
A major sponsor was the New York Racing Association, whose president, Charlie
Hayward, and his wife, Betsy Senior, were instrumental in getting the program off
the ground. D. Wayne Lukas and Ana Maria Bonar, president of Youth and Family
Services, together with NYRA’s racetrack chaplaincy, also played major roles in
Marylou Whitney Marylou shares a laugh with back-
the affair. Based on its initial overwhelming success, the program will be repeated
and John Hendrickson stretch worker Alfonso Rodriguez
Ana Veitch, Jean Zorn, Cate Dolan, Phyllis Frederick,
D. Wayne Lukas, Ana Maria Bonar, Ana Maria Bonar, D. Wayne Lukas, Dean Frederick,
Gene Stevens Christopher Veitch Linda Watters
Anticipating a delicious Julie Cobello, Giuseppe Forman, Exciting experience for backstretch
catered dinner Cate Dolan Katie Veitch, D. Wayne Lukas employee family members
Graciela Lopez and Zuniga Gonzolo
An abundance of Post Time USA’s Two of catering master Panza’s Sophia Burton, who said, “This is the best meal
Saratoga issue was provided vehicles, a truck and a bicycle Gene Stevens I ever had.”
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CONSISTENT IN HIS PURSUIT MARGUERITE HILL
Since this is the
final issue of the year, our staff
wanted to be certain they did
everything they could to assure
each of the images appearing on Jerry Bilinski, David Cassidy, Senator Charles Schumer, Angel Cordero, Laffit Pincay,
Gene Stevens Joseph Bruno, Gene Stevens Gene Stevens, Pat Day
this page included Gene Stevens,
the world’s most photographed
publisher. The over/under for
Liz Lupo, Liz Lupo
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images on this page sent the Saratoga Gene Stevens
number soaring to 145, an easy schoolteacher,
has all the
score for the over players. qualifications
to be a future
April Stewart and Gene Stevens
Jonathan Rand, one of Post Time
Staci and Arthur Hancock, Liz Harris Dr. Patricia Hogan, USA’s long-ago interim editors, Gene with Arthur Hancock III
and Gene Stevens Gene Stevens and Gene Stevens and Arthur Hancock IV
Post Time USA photographer
Marguerite Hill and Gene.
Barbara Livingston and Gene Jeanne Wood and Gene Wait a minute - who took the picture? Lisa Guaraldi and Gene
Martha Hudson and Gene,
Did Nick call Gene who just had to get a photo with Dr. Lynwood O’Cain, Gene Stevens, John DaSilva, Marla Foust,
or vice-versa? a guy named Martha Suzie O’Cain Gene Stevens