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“Sean Avery SCORES!” at Monmouth Park

The Longfellow Stakes at Monmouth Park produced another vintage race call by Triple Crown track announcer Larry Collmus, “Sean Avery coming by the eighth pole with a five length lead, pulling away as they come down to the wire, Sean Avery SCORES!”


Of course, Sean Avery, the winning five-year-old thoroughbred, is named for the controversial hockey player of the New York Rangers. 

Sean Avery, ridden by Joe Bravo, covered the six furlong race in a quick 1:09.27 winning by a final margin of just under 12 lengths. Bravo said, "That was real impressive.  Around the turn he was pulling on me and gave me every indication he would be tough. I just held on and enjoyed the ride." Sean Avery paid $4.80 in his first stakes victory.


Sean Avery the hockey player was once suspended for six games for inappropriate 

comments while he was a member of the NHL Dallas Stars.  The Sean Avery Rule was created when, during a playoff game power play, he stood waving his arms and stick in the face of the opposing goalie.  Avery is known as quite a clotheshorse, with a keen interest in becoming involved in women’s fashion when he is done playing hockey.  He is also an outspoken supporter of same sex marriage, having made a May 2011 video for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equity campaign.


Trainer Allen Iwinski handled Sean Avery the horse as a two year old, with minor injuries limiting him to one start.  He spent his three-year-old campaign in the New York barn of Mike Hushion, where he won 2 races. Sean Avery did not race in 2010 and went back to Monmouth for his five-year-old season. Iwinski said, “He’s a much more mature horse now.  He’s professional, he knows what he is doing and he loves what he is doing.”

ABC’s of the Monmouth Hall of Champions -Today Desert Vixen – Desert Vixen won the 1973 Eclipse Award for three-year-old fillies and the 1974 Eclipse for Older Mares. She raced 28 times going 13-6-3, including, in a period of two weeks in 1973, wins at Monmouth Park in the G3 Post Deb and the G1 Monmouth Oaks. She entered the Racing Hall of Fame in 1979. Desert Vixen ranks 17 in the Horse Racing Nation Top 250 Fillies and Mares of All-Time with an 8.65/10 rating.


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Great stuff. Keep it coming!
You have to wonder, how much was Collmus hoping for Sean Avert to win, so he could use that line?
Gotta love Larry Collmus! And I Loved Desert Vixen ... what a filly!
I was leaving Woodbine after the Oaks today, and I heard Larry Collmus calling the stretch drive of this race, and when he said Sean Avery SCORES!, EVERYBODY started laughing. Larry is a great caller, cannot wait to hear him call the Belmont, and the Haskell.

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.


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