“One night during my college days I went down to Greenwood Raceway and blew $100 I shouldn’t have. On the way home I’m thinking: what the hell am I doing? I need that money to eat!!!”
Q: Who is this quote attributed to?
A: A) Paul Reddam
C) Both of the above
If you answered “C” you are the WINNER!!!
See, I relate to Paul Reddam. His first love was standardbred racing, as is mine. While I now love ALL racing including Quarterhorses and jumpers, I will always favor the standardbreds. More specifically, though, I relate to Reddam because, I, too spent a few of my college days “skipping class” and blowing cash I shouldn’t have down at old Greenwood betting the trotters - rooting on the great Ronnie Waples, Hall of Famer Doug Brown, a young Stevie Condren to steer my favorites to victory. The only difference I can see between Reddam and I is several hundred million dollars. He got hooked on the standarbreds for good as a groom in high school in Windsor, Ontario and as Reddam got into the harness game he had some good success. In fact, one of his charges, a horse named Pulse, won his first 10 starts and became the fastest 2YO ever at Cal-Expo when he stopped the teletimer in 154.1. Pulse won 59 of his 281 starts, banked $495,567 and sported a 1:51 lifetime mark which he took at Mohawk Racetrack.
Reddam has had great success with many of his thoroughbreds including Swept Overboard, who delivered Reddam’s first Grade 1 win in the Ancient title beating 2001 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Kona Gold. It was a moment Reddam would never forget. "On the backside, we were 15 lengths off the lead, and I'm standing next to (trainer) Wally Dollase, who says 'What's (jockey Eddie) Delahoussaye doing? He's got him in China!' " said Reddam. "I said, 'OK, let's just watch.' So he cuts the corner, flew by everybody and it was the most thrilling thing to have that experience. It's human nature to want to repeat it and chase it."
Reddam’s success as a thoroughbred owner continued when he won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf with Red Rocks, who also beat two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in the 2008 Man o' War; Square Eddie took the Breeders' Futurity in 2008, and Wilko won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Reddam hooked up with trainer Doug ‘O Neill in 2004 and O’ Neill picked out this year’s Derby/Preakness winner I’ll Have Another out of the April 2011 Ocala sales for what now seems like a paltry $35,000. The rest, as they say, is “history”. Will the trio of Reddam, O’ Neill and I’ll Have Another make history tomorrow? Time will soon tell; but as one handicapper who cashed on IHA in both of the first two jewels, I’m sure not betting against it. From a pure wagering standpoint, there will be NO value in betting I’ll Have Another who is sure to be overbet in The Belmont Stakes. But as a racing fan, this blogger will be clutching my $2 souvenir ticket cheering wildly for the horse, the jockey and especially the compatriot owner, who I was likely stood in the same betting line with down at Greenwood back in it’s heyday, betting the likes of Shady Hill Pride, Ambro Ollie, Horby Steve, Colonial Charm, Jambo Dancer, Coolidge, Constance Hanover and several other personal favorites.
From one “trots” guy to another: GO GET ‘EM PAUL!!!