In these days of managing our champion racehorses instead of letting them race, it is time to issue an official 'View From the Racetrack Grandstand' Kudos to the connections of Well Said. Well Said, fresh of his impressive victory in the Meadowlands Pace is heading out to Pittsburgh to race this Saturday in the eliminations of the Adios stakes. Assuming he qualifies (it is a horse race after all), one would expect him to race the following week in the Adios Final. After that, he heads to back to the Meadowlands for the Oliver Wendell Holmes. That makes it four races in four weeks. In addition, one of the owners, Jeff Snyder has indicated that while it is too early to commit, they have the Little Brown Jug circled on their calendar. That means we will see Well Said on all size tracks and if he goes in the Jug, racing heats.
Wow, a horse taking on all comers. What a concept. It is refreshing.
I am very happy for Greg Peck, trainer of Muscle Hill, and owner Jerry Silva. Jerry Silva is the original owner of Muscle Hill. Last year before Muscle Hill was syndicated, there were offers to buy a significant interest in Muscle Hill but those offers were turned down as the potential owners wanted the horse transferred to a 'name' trainer. Jerry Silva could have jettisoned the trainer in a pursuit of a big deal as is often done but he remained loyal to the trainer that brought him to the dance. When Muscle Hill was eventually syndicated, part of the deal was Hill would remain with Greg Peck during his racing career. It is nice to see loyalty be rewarded.
Lastly, there is plenty of great racing occurring all through out the country. Yes, their stake races may not be the level of the Meadowlands Pace or the Hambletonian but to their fans, these stakes races are still special. Let me offer an invitation to publicity people at these tracks. If you have a special race coming up at your track, let me know. I'll be happy to post a guest blog entry regarding your race so it may be brought to the attention of others.