SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, July 19, 2014—It is not so much that I’m conflicted as much as I’m a little distracted.
Here I am, with a front row seat to the best thoroughbred meet on the planet, and I’ve got harness horses on the brain, actually one juvenile trotter in particular.
Charles ‘Chip’ Foster lives in the condo next door, approximately 12 feet from my door.
About two months ago as I was preparing to leave for some big race on Long Island, Foster told me he had a nice trotting prospect who was a lot more advanced than others if his ilk at the harness track a quarter mile down the road from both of us.
I told Chip that once I get back from Long Island, I’ll come over to the qualifiers on Friday mornings and check him out. From that first Friday, I have yet to see him get beat.
On the Friday after the Belmont, Royal Deceptor
, by RC Royalty from the Malabar Man mare, Art of Deception, took his qualifier under wraps in 2:06. The time wasn’t fast but his professionalism and his manners were.
The following week, the $11,000 Morrisville yearling purchase gave a virtual repeat performance, going a little faster, 2:05 3/5, before just ambling back to the barn like some old gelding that had just finished jogging.
Finally, with debut rapidly approaching, it was time to get a little more serious and the colt obliged, showing a speed dimension for the first time, taking the lead with a quarter-move and kept right on going like some energizer bunny of a trotting horse.
Saratoga 146 Opener in the Books
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, July 18, 2014—Nothing like getting punched in the stomach on opening day at Saratoga.
The New York Daily News, taking a page from their competition, the New York Post, called Jerry Bossert into the office on Saratoga 146 eve and fired him, leaving New York City without horse racing coverage.
Newsday is now the only paper in the city metro area to cover the sport.
Last year, before the Belmont Stakes, the New York Post fired trackside reporter Ed Fountaine and handicapper John DaSilva.