Jay, I had forgotten Joe switched breeds for a while back then, thanks for the reminder
It had to be back when we only were racing a few months of the year, and had no future (sound familiar?) LOL. Back then Bobby Gordon, Roger Stein, Barry Abrams, Joe the General, and a few others I forgot made the transition.
People said Bobby G trained his too hard, and some broke down, Stein was (and still is) good at getting owners with cash, and had a good New Zealand connection, but also showed a real talent for improving mares. I remember early in his thoroughbred career he claimed one named Southern-(something) for $10,000 up in Washington at the old Longacres track, now Emerald, and proceeded to run her right up the ranks and earn 850,000 with her over a 3 year span. Abrams is still doing well on the big So. Cal. circuit to this day.
My friend Steve Wiseman worked for Joe back in Chicago, and Joe gave him his first driving win on a horse he trained. Steve always said Joe takes very very good care of his stock, his equipment, and his people. He always has high praise for the man. Classy guy. And a Hall-of-Famer for sure.