Depression kicks in as 2010 comes around.
January 4, 2010
By J.C. Trevino for ILLINIHARNESSRACING.COM
When the clock hit midnight on December 31 2009, some of you celebrated the New Year with a toast, while some with a kiss, while others with their love ones, but I was just getting more and more depressed as each New Year comes and goes. Why? (Some of you think)
Well I tell you why?
It’s been ten years now since the greatest game in
Even though a lot of horsemen made
So can you understand why I’m so depressed?
Then right around August for the last ten years rumors start floating in the air that there is a chance that harness racing might return to
Now here’s the latest rumor I heard that can give you just a little hope, they said once slots get into law if they do that they would built a five eights mile track inside the mile oval and have live harness racing again, for a 30 day meet. Which is better then nothing, but of course harness racing would be raced in the middle of winter when they can’t run thoroughbreds. Trust me they tried and it didn't work. According to rumors management also claims that it cost a million dollars to switch from the dirt surface to the limestone surface, so management figures it would be easier and more profitable in the long run to just build a track on the inside of the mile oval. So you would have a harness track on the inside where the racing fans would be about a hundred yards away from the action and a thoroughbred track on the outside where fans could be right up to the rail. Kind of like Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada. Now if you would ask some
So can you understand why someone can be so depressed? One day you hear there is a chance for harness racing then the next day you hear there is no chance for harness racing unless there is slots. So can you understand why im depressed.
To help some of my depression I will go back and try to remember some good memories of harness racing at
I remember Anthony Morgan with KELLYTUCK NICOLE, Joel Smith with RACY TAR BOY, Perry Smith with SINDAV, Richard Kurtzworth with CHARM MAR MELLOW, and John Reese with EGYPTIAN SANDMAN racing week in and week out in the Invitational going for $15,000. I Remember Billy Downs racing the COLONEL SKY WALKER as a pacer then switching him back over to the trot where he went on to win lots of races. I remember COURAGEOUS RED in the late 80’s having the most wins under 2 minutes racing at
How about the time a trotter named Nuance Hanover driven by Tom Tetrick won, and three red headed kids ran to the winners circle to get there picture taken. I remember the second kid struggling to get to the winners circle as he couldn’t keep up with his two brothers to see who would sit on their dad’s sulky. Now after reading all the headlines of who’s who in harness racing I can understand why little Tom and Trace would out run Timmy to the winners circle. (I know it’s a little too late but next time cheat Timmy! Trip them.)
What about one of the first millionaires to have raced at
I remember when Dr Luel. Overstreet brought in his Champion pacer DORUNRUN BLUEGRASS to race at
Then there were the two mares that Roger and Jeff Cullipher from Kentucky had CLYDES MOMENT and ALMAHURST RAZZLE the mares that won every filly and mares open the closing meet. What a great one two combo the Culliphers had that year. I remember that same year Roy Saul having the Super Night champion KG BRINNA WILLOWBEE a good mare in here own right but she was never able to beat either one of those mares. Both of these mares ended up with track records of their own, CLYDES MOMENT has the older mare pacing record, and ALMAHURST RAZZLE has the three year old filly pacing record, breaking it on closing day of the 1999 racing season.
Let’s remember some horses that were owned in
What about some families that raced at Fairmount Park like the Simpsons (Mr. Buddy, Delores, Dirk, Clay) the Finns (John, Larry, Merle, Randall, Roy, Freddie, Rick, Bobby, etc…..) the Binkley’s (Robert, Ewell, Larry, Clint, Terry) the Coleman’s (Jerry, Larry, Neil) the Smiths (William, Joel), the Millers (Erv, Andy, and now Julie ) and many more families that raced at Fairmount Park throughout the years .
SIR RICHARD ERIC is also the best horse I have had.
Im sorry to all the hard working horsemen that i left out of this article.