There is a Genaro family tradition of heading to the harness track in Saratoga on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for an afternoon of simulcasting, and in 2007, I joined my father and brother for the first time, setting up shop on the second floor and settling in for a day of wagering on Aqueduct, Laurel, and Churchill Downs.
The day’s stakes races from Aqueduct produced winners that would go on to be favorites of mine; both trained by Bill Mott, Court Vision won the Remsen and Mushka won the Demoiselle. Both would go on to be Grade I winners.
Earlier in the day, the second race was for New York-bred maidens, and a two-year-old trained by Barclay Tagg caught my eye. Almost 12-1 in his debut, he ran second to a 42-1 shot, a horse named Another Foose who would make 17 starts in two years on the track, winning three times.
Though a loser that day, the runner-up, Groomedforvictory, would lap Another Foose over the course of an eight-year career, running 68 times and amassing three stakes wins, 15 victories, 38 top-three finishes, and $735,000 in earnings.
He was also claimed 12 times—at one point going back and forth between Vincent Scuderi and Drawing Away Stables, both of whom seemed reluctant to really let him go—and by the time he was retired, he had gone winless for more than a year. Making his last start at age 11, he seemed like the poster child for the good horse run too long and retired too sore to go on to another career.
Not so much.
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