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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Octogenarians Take Tampa

Parental Warning: This article may not be suitable for all audiences. Parental supervision is strongly recommended.

 

Attention residents of Western Florida, hide the women and children. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. The octogenarians have hit Tampa, and they are taking no prisoners. This frightening development became reality this afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs, with the cutting loose of a speeding bullet of a filly named It’s Me Mom. The principles of this taking of Tampa include 85-year-old breeder and owner Thomas Bosch, his wife of 59 years, Jean, and their 82-year-old assistant trainer, Ray Stifano.

 

After the onslaught thousands witnessed today in the Minaret Stakes, a slew of difficult questions need to be asked … How could this have happened? Do they think eighty is the new thirty? Should we have seen this coming and been better prepared? What’s next for this trio of eighty somethings?

 

Here are the specifics as reported by a few clearly shaken eyewitnesses on the scene …

 

It’s Me Mom broke on top in the feature today at the Oldsmar oval, and before anyone knew what happened she was three lengths clear of the ten horse field. With rider Willie Martinez in the saddle, the three-year-old daughter of Put It Back sped thru early fractions of 22.07 and 44.65 as she effortlessly extended her large margin. Martinez sat as quiet as could be while It’s Me Mom opened up a ten length advantage before coasting past the wire an 8 ¼ length easy-as-could-be winner.

 

It was not only everyone at the Downs today that was affected by the intimidating feat of speed, but her wrath was felt in a historical perspective as well. It’s Me Mom’s time of 1:09.68 for the six panels crushed the previous Minaret Stakes record of 1:10 2/5 set by Forli’s Lass 18 years ago.

 

One brave interviewer dared to approach the octogenarians after the race, and gathered these quotes …

 

“We’ve had a lot of winners, but none like her,” said Jean Bosch, while her husband Thomas quipped, “Day by day as she grew up, I knew she was going to be good.”

 

Meanwhile Stifano, who was filling in for the under the weather regular trainer, Lynne Scace, had this to say, “We try to pick good spots for her and the money adds up.”

 

Clearly the bunch is just taunting anyone under 80.


As for their filly, It’s Me Mom raised her lifetime record to 8-for-13 lifetime, and appears to be a real threat to challenge the fastest fillies in the nation sooner than later. As if this is not scary enough, the Bosches also bred, own and race It’s Me Mom’s 2-year-old full sister, Eyes of Love.


Be afraid, be very afraid.

 

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Older Comments about Octogenarians Take Tampa...

You know what they say -- Youth is wasted on the wrong people!
I hope when I'm 80 that I will be doing exciting things in racing!
Very scary! Especially in light of Turbulent Descent's fall from grace today. Very interested to see what It's Me Mom does in 2012.
I think she's the real deal ... pretty scary, eh?
Very funny, Brian! Great article, though. This race definitely propelled It's Me Mom into the limelight. How do you think she'll fare against the top sprinters?

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.