When Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Miz Ida powered home with a late-running three-quarter-length victory in Saturday’s
$75,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, winning trainer
Steve Margolis was quick to bring attention to the filly’s namesake.
“This horse is named for a Holocaust survivor,”
said Margolis. “She’s a friend of Bert and Elaine’s who is just a wonderful lady and lives in
South Florida now. She is a lovely lady – a real ray of sunshine to all the people down there who know her from the old
Park. She used to go there every day.”
A telephone conversation with Miz Ida’s namesake
Ida Schultz on Sunday
morning confirmed the assessment of the trainer and her owners. Had the
real Miz Ida been able to watch Saturday’s Fair Grounds race?
I did,” the 84-year-old lady with the
infectious personality said. “Of course I did. I love all the horses
and love to watch them run. They are like psychiatrists for me. They can
teach us so many things if you watch them and study them. When I lived
New York, I used to go out to
Belmont and Aqueduct to see them run, and when I moved to
South Florida I used to go out to the old Gulfstream and
loved to sit in that beautiful paddock and study them. Not so much
anymore. There’s something missing now.
“But in the old paddock the way it was, all
the jockeys and trainers got to know me,” said Schultz. “The jockeys all called me ‘Momma.’ Guys like
Jose Santos and
Cornelio Velasquez, and Shaun Bridgmohan when he first started riding. He rode down here in
South Florida in those days.
love people and I love animals,” said Schultz,
“but the Kleins are the most important people on earth to me,” said
Schultz. “They are more than family to me. I know them all and I’d give
my life for any one of them. I’d do anything for them. They are all I
have now. I remember when they called me and told
me they were going to name this horse after me, and I remember seeing
this horse when she first came off the farm. I told them at that time,
‘You’re going to have a lot of luck with this horse.’ I knew it the
moment I saw her.
also knew (trainer) Steve when he was a
just a kid – just a (hot) walker,” Schultz said. “I talked to him
before the race yesterday, and I told him, ‘you will win this race.’ He
said, ‘I’m not so sure, I’m afraid of these other horses in there,’ but I
said, ‘Steve, mark my words, you’re going to
be the winner.’ What else can I tell you?
Ask me anything.”
How old was Miz Ida when the nightmare of the
“I was born in
in 1927,” she said, “and my family and I were taken away in 1942. My
mother was 37, my father was 42, and my baby brother was 9-years-old. I
don’t know why, but I was
the only one who survived. Whenever any of the guards would come around
and ask who wanted to work in the field that day, I never raised my
hand. I didn’t trust them. I knew through word of mouth when each member
of my family was killed. We were separated,
but word always got around the camp.
the next three years, I was moved around
to 17 different concentration camps until General Eisenhower’s Ninth
Army liberated us on April 12, 1945. Of course, I will never forget that
day. Then, I found work in a factory working the night shift and
eventually in a Volkswagen plant near the Czechoslovakian
border. We traveled over the mountains on foot to get there. Nobody
wanted to accept us at that time. What else would you like to know
How is someone with the nightmarish beginning
to adulthood turn themselves around to go through the rest of life with such a positive attitude?
I told myself, ‘I’m going to
make myself go this way,’” she said. “I’m going to love all people – I
don’t care what their color is or what their nationality is – and I’m
going to love all animals. They have so much to teach us, if we just
look at them and listen to what they can show
“Also,” she concluded, “I’ve learned in life
that when you knock on any door, you never know what good thing might be waiting for you on the other side.”
BRIDGMOHAN WINS FOUR RACES SATURDAY
Shaun Bridgmohan may have enjoyed his most profitable trip to the Fair Grounds winner’s circle Saturday in the
$75,000 Allen LaCombe
Memorial aboard Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s
Miz Ida for trainer
Steve Margolis but the Fair Grounds jockey champion of two years ago also captured three other races during the day.
The 32-year-old reinsman born in Spanishtown,
Jamaica, but raised in South Florida won the second race of the day aboard Zayat Stables’
Tito for Fair Grounds leading trainer
Steve Asmussen, the fifth race on GF Racing Stables’
Lady Leestown for conditioner
Carl DeVille and the ninth astride Jake Ballis’s
Cigar Street to give Margolis a training double for the afternoon.