Saturday, March 08, 2014


Like a Box of Chocolates?


He's certainly one of the most interesting horses in the sport. But is National Debt one of the best? Will his bubble burst when the purses go up and the heavyweights of the division are back in action? These are fascinating questions and they might be a bit easier to answer after tonight's $60,500 final of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series at the Meadowlands.

By way of Alberta, where he won his first four career races, National Debt burst into national prominence two weeks ago when he scored an easy win in the first leg of the Gilmour Series. Beating the previously undefeated Dinner At The Met, he won in 1:50.3.

That he came out of Alberta and won so easily in his U.S. debut made National Debt an instant celebrity within the harness racing world and several big owners wanted a piece of him. Eventually, co-owners Blair Corbeil and Kelly Hoerdt sold a third of the Allamerican Native colt to Jerry Silva.

But what exactly did Silva get? That remains the mystery.

He's certainly one of the most interesting horses in the sport. But is National Debt one of the best? Will his bubble burst when the purses go up and the heavyweights of the division are back in action? These are fascinating questions and they might be a bit easier to answer after tonight's $60,500 final of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series at the Meadowlands.

By way of Alberta, where he won his first four career races, National Debt burst into national prominence two weeks ago when he scored an easy win in the first leg of the Gilmour Series. Beating the previously undefeated Dinner At The Met, he won in 1:50.3.

That he came out of Alberta and won so easily in his U.S. debut made National Debt an instant celebrity within the harness racing world and several big owners wanted a piece of him. Eventually, co-owners Blair Corbeil and Kelly Hoerdt sold a third of the Allamerican Native colt to Jerry Silva.

"We don't really know yet because he's had only one race there," Corbeil said when asked how good his horse is. "It was a nice race and it was an impressive way of doing it. Our hopes, like every owner in the world when they have a nice horse, is that he can be very, very good.

"Right now, we are cautiously optimistic and like our chances. He's still green and has lots to learn yet. There are a lot of other great horses out there so we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."

Tim Tetrick drove National Debt in the first round of the Gilmour and liked what he saw.

"He's got a lot of pressure on him now," Tetrick said about National Debt, "but he impressed me very much. When I qualified him I thought he was a nice colt, but I didn't know he was going to go in 1:50.

When he got out there under the lights, he turned it on and he did it real handy. I moved with him at the half and he brushed and crushed. He's got a big motor."

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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