This weekend at Saratoga Harness the Dan Patch Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggle It will be running in the stakes race there
I love Saratoga. It is a magical place and is the true soul of horse racing. It is steeped in history and you can imagine Exterminator gliding over the mud to notch another Saratoga Cup. Discovery carrying an impossible weight to victory. And of course Man O War losing to Upset and Secretariat to Onion. And when it comes up a sloppy and fetlock deep mud on the track, the knowledgeable horsemen will say it's Jim Dandy weather. Yes there is truly no place like Saratoga.
Good luck. Just saw the info, Brian.
Second oldest thoroughbred track. Goshen Historic Track for harness racing started in 1838.
Good. Hope they nail both of them. I see the entire comment thread was shut down on BH
Oh good. I'm so glad to hear this!
I remember the Ellsworth situation very well. And as I quoted above Whitney Tower's article details much of the abuse and also incidents he saw personally involving Ellsworth and Swaps. Tower details the Passin problems and speaks about the attempt to buy Main Chance Farm. One of the issues that Tower makes clear is that for a long time there was shoddy record keeping in the breeding operations so much so that people refused to send mares to his stallions because they weren't sure who the sire of the foals were.
I would say that Tower's article in Sports Illustrated detailing Ellsworth's problems is probably the source of the view of when and where Iron Reward died and given Tower's stellar reputation it has never been thoroughly challenged. You may grit your teeth in frustration about the report, but that is the source that people quote.
Thanks for the update
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