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No Nay Never-The True Wild Rover

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Maybe it’s because of the Wild Rover, my favorite old time Irish drinking song by the Dubliners. Maybe it’s because his name caught my eye on the undefeated list on the HRN home page. No matter the reason, I have found No Nay Never as my horse to watch on the road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby.  An American horse bred in old Kentucky, the soon to be three year old colt has found great success in Europe. The son of Scat Daddy and Cat’s Eye Witness has won three strong races, one at Keenland, and another at Royal Ascot and another in France at the Deauville La Touques.


I’ve seen replays of his European wins and they are atypical of European races. They are going the wrong way and there are way too many horses. But one horse stood out like a bad tooth and it was the dark chestnut colt with blinkers on, which for some reason, makes him look like a tough guy. It was No Nay Never. 



In an interview that I found on YouTube, jockey Joel Rosario praised the horse. “He’s big and strong and he has everything he needs to win”, Rosario said after his victory at Royal Ascot in the Group 2 (Grade 2) Norfolk Stakes. “He does anything I ask him to do, he’s a special horse.”Trainer Wesley Ward, the first American trainer to win at Royal Ascot in 2009, echoed the sentiments of Rosario saying, “When you ask for more, he gives it to you every time.” 

I called my old racing buddy, Beetle Bailey and asked him about No Nay Never. “Who?” He sounded as if there was steam blowing over an open valve. I knew then I had a winner. If the Beetle hasn’t heard of him then I’m ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge.  


He is a horse that my mother, the self imposed Queen of Ireland would have fallen in love with. He’s tall, broad, and a beauty, plus he’s named after a chorus of an Irish song. How can he miss? Can he sustain his winning ways? Is he being prepped for the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3rd? These are the questions that remain to be answered. But he is my horse to watch on these cold winter days. I haven’t seen anywhere regarding his next race. Of course it will be next year, but when? Whenever it is, I’ll be watching.


So…raise a pint and sing with me…”And it's No, Nay, Never.(1234) No Nay Never no more, will I play the Wild Rover, no never no more. 


Have a Happy Thanksgiving sports fans!




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This horse will be in the Guineas come May. But non the less he is the horse to watch next racing season overseas, along with Treve, and Australia.
He has proved that he has the potential to be a very nice turf miler, with his goal for 2014 being the St James's Palace, so I am not really sure how he is even in the Derby picture. There were 14 horses in the Norfolk and 10 in the Morny... I am not sure how those are too big... or how going right handed is atypical of European racing
Love it :) And I adore this colt...cannot wait to see him race again next year!

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Meet Johnnie Carrier


With 10 years of writing a humor column for his home town paper under his belt, Johnnie Carrier has decided to try something different. He is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College Class of 1977 and traveled the West with Circus Vargas in 1979.

 In the 80’s, Carrier lived in New York City and Boston, but he settled down however in the smallest city in Massachusetts late in the decade and married Dawn Luskin in ’88. David was born in 1991 and has been blessed with his father’s sense of humor, but luckily his mother’s good looks.

 Racing has been more than a casual interest having lived so close to Saratoga. He started going to the track at a very young age with his parents and has tried to instill that passion into his son by taking him at the same age. In 2003, Carrier started to write as a freelance writer with the North Adams Transcript and can be followed there at the paper’s website.  


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