Digging up the past

I’m cooking up something special for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, so hang loose for a little while as I finish it up.

Until then, check out this blog I stumbled across focusing on the former Great Lakes Downs property as it transitions from a racetrack to a proposed casino. It has not been updated since March, and the posts are pretty intermittent, but it provides some informative articles for those curious about what has been happening with the land since the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians bought it from Magna Entertainment Corp. last summer.

If anything else, there are some neat pictures of the track from Google Earth and from the apron during the races.

Also, for those who have not already browsed it, Equibase now offers a free horse search on its website. An account with the site is required, but there is no cost to set one up.

Users can search for any Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse or Arabian with at least one start and will receive information on the dates and locations of its starts, as well as the horse’s lifetime record. If available, the results will also include charts of the races and video replays.

I have lost several hours scheduled to be used productively because of this search. It is fun to walk down memory lane and follow the career paths of the horses I grew up watching. I have learned quite a bit about the history of racing in Michigan just from the short time the feature has been available.

These links ought to suffice until I roll out my Breeders’ Cup post(s). Enjoy!

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4 responses to “Digging up the past

  1. ragman

    Joe you have really got to look to understand the past and when you do you’ll understand why the old folks sometimes ridicule the Breeders Cup.
    An example might be Roman Brother undefeated in October of 1965 winning the Woodward, Manhattan and JC Gold Cup all now classified G1. His previous race to those was the Michigan Mile(and 1/8) on September 18th where he was defeated by Old Hat a mare who went on to be Mare of the Year. Roman Brother was Horse of the Year.
    Three G1s in one month, Females beating males and what Michigan racing used to be.
    So instead of wasting your time on the past and the BC wouldn’t it be more productive to maybe take a look at the 7th at Beulah a 2.5k claimer. A full field(12) which includes # 8 Reasontobefoolish(Gorham). 5th in the Mackinaw while tiring after trying to pursue Perfect Start. Finished on even terms with Scrimpy and Romeo Again. If this race was run at Pinnacle he would probably be even money. ML is 8-1. Might get 5-1. And you could have this horse for $2500.
    Get your priorities straight. Look at Dan Gill. Spent his time in college as a bookmaker. Tomorrow he has the electorate of Ohio primed to award him TWO casino licenses.

  2. mibredclaimer

    That’s incredible. It’s amazing hearing about the level of horses that ran here during the heyday of DRC.

    A book that recently came out about Cajun racing frequently mentioned Louisiana horsemen coming up to Michigan. Present-day Michigan needs more people like that coming for more than the occasional drop-in race. It’s a far cry from the multiple G1 winners, but it might be a positive first step. Maybe it’ll happen if/when Pinnacle gets more barns.

    That’s kind of depressing seeing Reasontobefoolish drop from stakes company to a $2,500 tag over the course of only a few races. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire either, even as the favorite (2.80-to-one). Hope he’s ok.

    I don’t know if the whole “college bookie” thing would work out too well at CMU. Once the local tribe caught wind of it, I’d figure things would get quiet on this site for a long time.

  3. old time race fan

    Funny posts. Heck in 1991 Black Tie Affair won the Mile at DRC and went on to win Breeder’s Cup Classic and Horse of the Year. DRC also saw the likes of Nodouble; Lost Code; and Damascus. I want to say that the Mile was a Grade 3 at one time.

  4. ragman

    Old Time Race Fan
    It was a G2 when Black Tie Affair won it.
    16 months after running for 7.5k claiming price at Hazel Park Nodouble beat Damascus in the 68 Mile. Nobody claimed him.

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