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« on: October 02, 2010, 09:36:42 AM »

from March 20, 1963 Harness Horse:

Washington Park Notes

By Charlie Hinkle

We were standing in the paddock Wednesday night looking for a feature story when we noticed last year's leading driver, Bob Farrington, staring intently at a horse warming up for the fourth race. A closer look and we noticed it was Husky F. Mor, the eight horse piloted by the meet's leading driver, Don Busse.

 We strolled over and asked Bob if he was meditating about the driving championship. The diminutive reinsman smiled and said:
 "No, but wouldn't it be ironic if I claimed that horse and beat Don out of the coveted title."

 A quick look at the program and we saw the event was a $2,000 claiming race for four‑year‑olds and up. Husky F. Mor, five‑year-­old son of Eddy Scot, had won over $5,900 last season and in two starts this year finished fifth in his first outing and won his last mile by six lengths. Bob continued watching the side‑wheeler as he pulled up and exclaimed. "You know I like his gait and manners." He then turned and walked to the track to warm up one of his own charges.

 The fourth race came up around 9:30 p.m., so we waited just outside the judges' stand to see if a claim had been made. There had and for Husky F. Mor. The claimant was the Farrington stable of Richwood, Ohio. Though he didn't win, the smooth going pacer had finished a close third after being parked most of the mile.

 The next morning Farrington moved the horse to his barn and after working his horses proudly left for lunch dreaming of his first shot with Husky F. Mor. However, this was to be short lived as when he returned that evening the grooms excitedly related to the young trainer that Husky F. Mor wouldn't eat and was sulking badly. This sent Farrington scurrying off to the Busse stable where he found the affable native of Illinois smiling and seemingly waiting.

 Bob asked, "What do you feed, my new pacer won't eat?" Busse smiled and replied, "Oh, I forgot to tell you, he won't eat without that white pony over there." Bob looked, and standing all alone and also brooding was a tiny pony. Farrington moved in closer and we couldn't hear but in a few moments Bob left leading the pony toward his own stable. Busse, still wearing a broad smile, neatly tucked what turned out to be $100 in his pants pocket.

  As the soap opera announcers would say: "Will Bob Farrington beat out his nearest rival for driving honors at Washington Park with his own horse and will they now have to change the claiming rules to include with each claim . . . some equipment ... and ... all pets?"
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 01:57:04 PM »

I think only us older then dirty old guys that knew Don and know Bob can really appreciate this story. I will also bet every word of it is as it happened.
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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 #2 on: October 02, 2010, 02:17:09 PM »

Great story I grew up around those gentilemen and yes they would get a kick out of hearing it
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 02:18:31 PM »

That is how Busse and Farrington got to be National driving Champs, by raising,breeding, buying,  claiming, and owning part or all of most of the horses they drove. A far cry from today's no investment catch driver.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2010, 07:42:16 PM »



    Busse was the peoples choice and a smart and clever horsemen.

    Farrington  head shake all he had was alot of money backing him. I remember when Farrington  came to Bay Meadows and they all made a big ta-do about how great he was.  He got his head handed to him on a platter and never came back again.

 
    Don Busse at the time was what harness racing represented. I will always have fond memories of the the great Don Busse.  thumbs up  I am glad I was around to see him.
 
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