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Pap Most Wins By A Two Year Old Trotter In 2009.
By G.M.Jones for illiniharnessracing
I wonder if Willie Jones (a
Do you think he knew that this gelding would go on to win four of his first five races, then go on to win the Darn Safe and the American National? Do you think he knew that he would be the winnings two year old of 2009 with 15 wins? Probably not, because if he did I guaranteed you he would have never sold him. But how can some tell what is going to happen a month or two down the road? If someone could, I guarantee you breeder Mary Lee Jeffers would have kept him too instead of selling him for $1,300. So you can’t blame him for reselling him for a profit.
To Willie’s defense let’s make it clear that the name off this game is to make a profit, if you’re treating this as a business, and not falling in love like some do with their purchases (investments). Willie has bought and trained down plenty of yearlings in the past and later went on to resell them for profits, so he has treated this like a business all along. Some of those colts have gone on to make their new connections profits while others haven’t, but that’s part of the game that’s involved when buying and selling horses.
Some know that while purchasing a yearling owners are taking a big gamble; it’s kind of like playing craps at a casino. There are just too many things that can go wrong but the rewards will always be incredibly good if you get lucky. Getting that stakes colt is like one of those lifetime rolls that last two hours, a roll that everybody dreams about that are few and far in between while playing craps, and stake colts are no different. But there is some skill when it comes to purchasing yearlings; you have to know what you are looking at while inspecting them. You have to make some right decisions…At the crap table if you walk up to the crap table and see the shooter is intoxicated would you place a pass line bet? I know I wouldn’t, and I know Leo Grummel wouldn’t bet on him either. So in order to be successful at the crap table and in harness racing you have to put the odds in your favor, so when you are purchasing yearlings your better know what you are doing. If not… trust me you will crap out and go busted. So if a colt does not have perfect conformation would you buy him? (I’m not saying that Adele’s Goal didn’t have perfect confirmation, since I don’t know) But if the Colt comes out in the small size would you gamble on him? When purchasing a yearling, it’s not like a craps game here; there’s no beginners luck involved. It’s not like at the crap table where you see the 21 year old college kid or the good looking girl that grab the dice and roll for 45 minute without knowing what he or she is doing. Purchasing yearlings is an art and a skill, if you don’t believe me just ask some top Illinois horsemen like Tom Simmons, Erv Miller and others who spend all year looking at yearlings and inspecting them while trying to put the odds on there favor before purchasing them and trying to make them their next superstar.
Here’s how it started for Adele’s Goal. It was off to
The freshman season (crap game) could get underway now. In his first roll Pap throws a ten a very hard number to make while playing craps (as he made a break at the start), but he recovered nicely by rolling a hard ten for his connections and winning his first lifetime start in 2:19.2 and showing some ability. After throwing four more winning points in four of his first five lifetimes starts
After a couple starts at the county fairs the Grummels ventured off to race their gelding at Du Quoin, where Pap continue to roll yet another seven and trotted to a lifetime best in 1:55.4; winning the Darn Safe. Now “Pap” was not just a county fair horse anymore but a Du Quoin Fair Champion. More than what was ever expected from him by all three of his owners including the Grahams.
Building his bankroll high enough after winning 12 of 15 races at the fairs, Pap would venture to the big city and take his connections to
In the American National driver Mike Cox rushed Pap out of the gate and when several horses made some early breaks it landed him on the lead. The big boys raised the limit, and booked Pap’s bet while racing down the backside, but when you have two high rollers in town sometimes they don’t worry about nobody else besides themselves as they booked each others bets to the three quarters. At the end Run And Tell Pap busted the crap game by rolling another winning point and winning race thirteen on the year(The American National) in 1:57.2. A very excited Mike Cox said in the winners circle after the victory “He may have been a $1,300 yearling but he doesn’t know it and he just doesn’t want to get beat.”
Run And Tell Pap ended his freshmen season by finally rolling snake eyes and crapping out (making a break) in the Cardinal at
What Run And Tell Pap is…Is the winnings Two Year Old of 2009 with 15 wins. So boys you better be ready for another dice game this year as Pap will raise his limit and try some good horses in 2010.