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Author Topic: Time of year you first attended a harness race was??????  (Read 1644 times)
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« on: October 13, 2012, 11:30:28 AM »

And what about it brought you back?

I first went to Maywood on a cold cold December night.
The building was a beacon in the night.
Lights shining.
Parking lot full.
Inside a lit track with action taking place with drivers and horses working hard.
Breath of the great animals seen by all as they exerted themselves.

It was a warm place to go to see great competitiona and wager a few bob. Crowds abuzz in the depths of winter.
It brought me back.
Little did I know at the time the joys of spring and summer harness racing with the babies coming out and the top stock coming back from winter quarters and layoffs.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 11:45:56 AM »

BayMeadows years ago when it use to be harness racing.
It wasnt filled with all the chemist and abuser like now and most of all those that support them.
It was in the late 1950's early 1960's

There was a horse who's name I loved
Snappy Tass
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 11:58:10 AM »

forgot the yr but it was at spk and goveror skipper was racing that night
the crowd the noise  the betting and a beautiful night
how can anyone not like it !
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2012, 12:02:14 PM »

forgot the yr but it was at spk and goveror skipper was racing that night
the crowd the noise  the betting and a beautiful night
how can anyone not like it !

I think it was 1977.
I actually talked to Bill Wirtz Sr.(the owner) at a holiday function about 7-8 years ago and introduced myself and mentioned Governor Skipper.
He lit up and talked for a bit and then thanked me and said, everyone always talks to me about the Blackhawks.
A very nice horse.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2012, 12:42:40 PM »

Late October 1988 at Pompano.  Purely by accident.  Guess it was fate.

My favorite time of year however is always the Red Mile Fall meet.  Good times and nice to see old friends.

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2012, 01:25:04 PM »

Funny question for us old guys on here !!
It's been so many years, who can remember !!
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2012, 01:27:10 PM »

Funny question for us old guys on here !!
It's been so many years, who can remember !!
 laughing guy
lol!!!!!!!
Think hard, you'll get it.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2012, 01:48:10 PM »

lol!!!!!!!
Think hard, you'll get it.
I'm thinking, I'm thinking !!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2012, 01:50:02 PM »

Late October 1988 at Pompano.  Purely by accident.  Guess it was fate.

My favorite time of year however is always the Red Mile Fall meet.  Good times and nice to see old friends.

nothing like the red mile in the fall
all the greats have made their way there !   thumbs up
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2012, 01:53:47 PM »

SUMMER TIME AT SPORTSMAN ,,DA YEAR ARLINGTON HAD DA FIRE...


FORGET DA YR,,,


GREAT AFTERNOON RACIN  DAT SUMMER...


SPORTSMAN PARK WAS DA BEST......
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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2012, 05:24:41 PM »

a cold winter night at pownal vt, my dads first horse ever, this early 70"s... his horse fell at start,, driver bill silk said-- 'HE JUST A LITTLE GREEN".  thank goodness spring came and got into saratoga!
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2012, 05:28:52 PM »

late spring , many moons ago at East Moline Downs.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2012, 05:49:38 PM »

a cold winter night at pownal vt, my dads first horse ever, this early 70"s... his horse fell at start,, driver bill silk said-- 'HE JUST A LITTLE GREEN".  thank goodness spring came and got into saratoga!


Green Mountain  trophy
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2012, 05:53:16 PM »


Green Mountain  trophy
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2012, 06:25:19 PM »

It was the late fall I believe, at Maywood around 1970, give or take a year. Didn't bet but watched and learned how to read the program. My favorite track and time of year was easy, SPK summer, by far the best racing in Chicago.
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2012, 07:22:45 PM »

1957, Old Woodbine (later called Greenwood) Hot July night, I was 15, hopped the fence and bet a $6 combine on Kalmuck Direct driven and owned by Ken Galbraith from Tara ON. He won and I collected $16. Hooked ever since!
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2012, 07:27:20 PM »

hot summer night at saratoga. place was packed with overflow from the runners. town was electric. great horses like jackhammer, lehi rainbow, riff raff, italian barmin,volos mike, bernie lyne.

nice crowd,good food, george miller on the mike(heeeeeeeere they come......theeeeyre they go). exciting, a long way from watching a monitor at an OTB.


GREEN MOUNTAIN is the coldest place on earth. waiting for a train to pass to get in or out of the parking lot....praying you didnt get shut out of the double. everything frozen solid after the mid day thaw. bernie pratt wearing colors he hadnt changed in three months. harold story patiently waiting for "carmine abbatiello sunday" when he could finally turn his barn loose and win 5 races while the suckers were betting on "the redman". watching a blizzard while the announcer called the race on the 13/16 track.

saratoga and green mountain......2 different worlds, each with something to offer.
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2012, 07:31:09 PM »

1957, Old Woodbine (later called Greenwood) Hot July night, I was 15, hopped the fence and bet a $6 combine on Kalmuck Direct driven and owned by Ken Galbraith from Tara ON. He won and I collected $16. Hooked ever since!

was geenwood called woodbine at one time ? the greenwood i knew was down by the lake while woodbine was nearer the airport
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012, 07:40:38 PM »

Woodbine was down by the lake in east Toronto. when E.P Taylor (of Northern Dancer fame) built a new track near the airport - it was named Woodbine and the old track was named Old Woodbine later renamed Greenwood
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2012, 07:50:25 PM »

zoot--- you good.. riff raff one of my all time favorites--- roger pultz!
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« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2012, 07:53:06 PM »

you know, im sure, there's an airport on an island in the lake. we sometimes flew into that one if we had a horse racing at greenwood.

has that track been torn down?
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2012, 07:59:35 PM »

zoot--- you good.. riff raff one of my all time favorites--- roger pultz!

howard parker stable: roger pultz and earl bean 2nd trainers, walt the pollack, john bown, the guy with the coke bottle glasses that rubbed for dancer, big al and the one girl in the barn were the grooms.

man those were the days
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2012, 08:10:39 PM »

1972 interNational trot at Roosevelt Raceway.

Speedy Crown beats Une De Mai who was going for his third International Trot win and trying to make it 2 in a row. My whole family had a table at the Cloud Casino and me and my brother thought we were royalty .
It was also the first time I ever had a shrimp cocktail. It' s funny how I can still remember that night like it was yesterday .
My uncle was a trainer there and in 1984 he had a pacer that he converted into a trotter who got third that year in the internatinal trot . Horse's name was Crown Wood.
That was just after Ideal de Gazaeu had won three years in a row.

Good times...good times.
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2012, 08:19:08 PM »

une de may...."her" third.....she was a she.......none the less,great mare,great times. in one of her wins she was parked every step and still got up to beat a thoroughly pissed stanley dancer and his champion nevele pride
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« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2012, 08:23:35 PM »

Sorry .
I remember one of Ideal du Gazeau's mile , he was parked around three turns and still won. Classic european racing style .
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