Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:34 PM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
After 460 Starts, a War Horse’s Last Stand
Only four pacers born in the last 40 years have won more races than Tattler’s Jet, but last week it looked as if he, after 460 starts, might miss his final chance to win one more...he was lame in one foot, the result of an abscess. His trainer, Gene Miller, had taken him to the veterinarian but left frustrated and disappointed. Miller had planned on racing Tattler’s Jet, a 14-year-old gelding, at Monticello Raceway in upstate New York.
Miller did not give up. Inside his barn on the Eaton County Fairgrounds outside Lansing, Mich., he worked on that sore foot day and night, and covered it with a homemade cow manure poultice meant to relieve inflammation. An old-fashioned antibiotic tonic, it was the stuff of farmer folklore, and Miller’s last shot.
It did the trick. Three days later, Miller entered Tattler’s Jet in Monticello’s $5,000 Au Revoir race for Thursday night. The race is restricted to 14-year-olds, who by harness racing mandate must retire at the end of the year.
It is fitting that Tattler’s Jet made the race. A blue-collar folk hero on the Midwest harness circuit, he has never missed a beat in a career that beggars belief. Bred in Wisconsin, a state known more for livestock, he is one of the sturdiest racehorses to pull a sulky. He has won 120 races from 460 starts in a 12-year career, racing every week, at 53 tracks across seven states and Canada. His career earnings of $324,735 were ground out a few hundred each race; he never won more than $3,650 in a single race...More remarkable is how Tattler’s Jet made it to this point. He lost his first 30 races and rarely came close to winning, at which point most people would have given up. His owner, Dave Carter, did not...For 31 years, Miller worked on an assembly line at General Motors’s Fisher Body plant in Lansing...
The story is interesting, the horse looks beautiful, and both the owner & horse are 'working class heroes...'
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After 460 Starts, a War Horse’s Last Stand (Original post)
|Egalitarian Thug||Dec 2012||#3|
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:44 PM
monmouth3 (3,871 posts)
2. I was raised in Freehold (NJ) that has a harness track. This is a wonderful story and one I can
identify with. Freehold's track has had some wonderful horses on the venue, hope Tattler's Jet was one of them.
Response to monmouth3 (Reply #2)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:25 PM
DainBramaged (39,189 posts)
4. 30+ years ago I spent many a night at the Meadowlands opened just for the fun
I stopped going when we saw jockeys holding the horses back scuttling big payoffs for longshots. But it ws fun for a while.