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Author Topic: Who is Michael Kravchak?  (Read 3626 times)
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« on: July 24, 2010, 06:53:30 PM »

Anybody know who driver Michael Kravchak is? I see Lou Pena is using him on his horses in Saturday night's 8th & 9th races. I'm always hesitant to use a driver I've never heard of until I know something about him, especially at a major track like The Meadowlands.
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010, 07:37:56 PM »

A dude originally from South NJ, now or was in Kentucky for the past 10 yrs. He was never much of a driver. Not that he had much opportunity.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010, 07:46:25 PM »

With all the other drivers to choose from, I'm wondering why Kravchak....unless it's to try to beef up the odds.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010, 07:57:09 PM »

THINK HE USED TO COACH BASKETBALL AT DUKE
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2010, 08:03:37 PM »

Is this the guy who had an All American Ingot colt for sale a couple years ago , a 2 yr old in Kentucky for around $80-100k and hurt himself ? Later was sold to Australia it was said. I know he said himself he wasn't a great driver if i recall, very strange indeed Jay. I believe he was a part time trainer and worked else where if i recall the right guy.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2010, 08:12:25 PM »

An assistant trainer for Luis Peņa.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2010, 08:35:41 PM »

I wish he drove them all... laughing guy
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2010, 09:44:33 PM »

 It is the same guy, King.The poor guy had a deal on the colt. Then, suffered a tragedy when shipping and got involved in auto accident. Rolled the trailer. It looks like the horse came out OK
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2010, 09:59:17 PM »

cartouche
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2010, 07:41:10 AM »

Tropical Beauties Escort Service.
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2010, 09:31:30 AM »

Big Mike IS Lou's assistant trainer. Good guy. In case anyone cares.
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2010, 10:01:24 AM »

A bit ironic, as Mike used to get on the soapbox, decrying every suspected doper in the game. He was obsessed with outing the cheat. Now, first assistant to the most suspect trainer in years.
 I guess the getting a healthy check every week softens his obsession.
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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2010, 08:52:21 PM »

It is the same guy, King.The poor guy had a deal on the colt. Then, suffered a tragedy when shipping and got involved in auto accident. Rolled the trailer. It looks like the horse came out OK
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Exactly. He was involved in KY racing if i remember right, used to post on some KY harness association website thing i think. Homeboy i think your right on about what you said...
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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2010, 09:44:59 PM »

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.I recall he came on here hawking his horse, also was on ongait.com at the time..........
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2010, 06:19:32 AM »

Until the "trailering accident"
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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2011, 11:55:03 AM »

He has suddenly appeared in Maine driving for trainer Kandace Schooley.
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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2011, 01:24:50 PM »

He has suddenly appeared in Maine driving for trainer Kandace Schooley.
How did an Iowa bred and raised girl like Kandy get to Maine?
She still has a lot of family (McDanel) in Iowa.
One hard working tough gal.
Raised in the corn fields graduated to the Stanley Dancer stable, and then several years in IL./KY.
Is Jim the husband with her?
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I am just an old "Hoss" trainer, that has been raced hard and put away wet. 
As my Friend from Maine(Ora Stratton) says "There are horse trainers, and then there are real "Hoss" trainers.
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2011, 03:29:08 PM »

Big Mike IS Lou's assistant trainer. Good guy. In case anyone cares.

Good guy in the harness sense, or good guy period?

A few months back I read that someone called a certain young driver a "bright young kid" and boy oh boy, I met this particular driver and that label HAD to be in the context of young harness drivers.  The "kid" would have been closer to the special classes. 

A good guy to me is someone who has a great character, is bright, talented, appreciates life and the law, and respects otherwise moral activities.  If Mike is such a person, kudos. 
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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2011, 04:20:42 PM »

cartouche
The horse was a rat and he was tying to scam people by talking up the horse on the other site.

Wasn't worth 20k
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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2011, 08:36:12 AM »

How did an Iowa bred and raised girl like Kandy get to Maine?
She still has a lot of family (McDanel) in Iowa.
One hard working tough gal.
Raised in the corn fields graduated to the Stanley Dancer stable, and then several years in IL./KY.
Is Jim the husband with her?

The nomadic life harness racing presents is very strange isn't it?  If the guy was working for Lou how the heck did he wind up in Maine?
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2011, 08:49:29 AM »

He is from 'Jersey. Spending 10 years in Western KY, racing at Bluegrass Downs, going to Maine is like sandlot ball to starting for the Yankees.
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2011, 09:01:32 AM »

  Half brother to Lenny Kravitz?
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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2011, 12:09:10 PM »

The nomadic life harness racing presents is very strange isn't it?  If the guy was working for Lou how the heck did he wind up in Maine?

My take on the nomads in harness racing would be the same as the nomads in general.  People with good jobs, good family life, clean living, etc, rarely ever move.  Sure, there are exceptions.  But if you are in the "real" world think back to all the "better" "classed" people you knew.  Were they rather stable?  Then think about those that got evicted, "had" to move for various reasons, were not gainfully employed, etc.  Were not these the nomads?

Dave Magee, Dave Palone and John Campbell seem to be fairly sedentary. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2011, 12:38:38 PM »

My take on the nomads in harness racing would be the same as the nomads in general.  People with good jobs, good family life, clean living, etc, rarely ever move.  Sure, there are exceptions.  But if you are in the "real" world think back to all the "better" "classed" people you knew.  Were they rather stable?  Then think about those that got evicted, "had" to move for various reasons, were not gainfully employed, etc.  Were not these the nomads?

Dave Magee, Dave Palone and John Campbell seem to be fairly sedentary. 


 Sedentary by nature, yes..move/travel around for a living, yes...could fit the description of nomadic?
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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2011, 03:11:25 PM »

I have lived in 6 different states and various citys of each state. All the moving had nothing to due with me being unstable or evicted. It was always a choice of mine to follow the money.
 In the last 10 years, technology has mad it easier to stay put.
 In racing , it has always been part of the game. From the nomad groom to the Grand Circut stable. Horsemen need to follow the money at some point.
BTW, I just moved last week.
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« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2011, 04:54:12 PM »

Good guy in the harness sense, or good guy period?

A few months back I read that someone called a certain young driver a "bright young kid" and boy oh boy, I met this particular driver and that label HAD to be in the context of young harness drivers.  The "kid" would have been closer to the special classes. 

A good guy to me is someone who has a great character, is bright, talented, appreciates life and the law, and respects otherwise moral activities.  If Mike is such a person, kudos. 


In my experiences with him in general...as for the horseman stuff...I have to imagine he has a clue.
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« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2011, 05:28:54 PM »

In my experiences with him in general...as for the horseman stuff...I have to imagine he has a clue.
Guess that explains why he follows the money. Roll Eyes
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