Frank Conlin was part of my life for many years. He was good to me. We had fun together...we were truly friends. I was fourteen and a half when our paths crossed. A new season had begun at Mohawk Racetrack, it was a spring day, late afternoon when I entered his stable, where I had no trouble securing employment. I told him I wanted to work for him. Frank dressed in his usual dark green, light-weight jacket with his personalized stable logo sewn on in red thread and well-worn jeans stared at me for what seemed like forever, and then grumbled I could harness his horses. The next thing he asked of me, he said every morning I worked for him, he wanted me to go out to the car and retrieve his six-pack of coke-cola.
Frank often found me in the stall with his horses. He'd shake his head and tell me not to get attached, every horse was for sale. To this day I broke his number one rule. Back then Frank invited me to hang with him and the big boys of the harness-racing world. He taught me a thing or two about people and horses. (Ladies, always bet on the grey horse)
NO REINS - a love story with a more introspective, and intimate parts of young love. A love with more traditional notion that readers will gravitate to.
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"He's got one-hand gripping the reins, the other on her heart."
I never met anyone in the business when more men had a story or two to share about my friend. He left an imprint on so many lives. For those who didn't know him, you would have thought the best of him too. A life well lived and remembered.
In the horse racing industry Frank Conlin, was a true force when it came to buying and selling horses. He did it so well!
A natural part of harness racing business is buying and selling horses, and there are issues that can pop up. It can be difficult for yearling buyers to find what they are looking for. More you pay for a horse the better the horse will be isn't always the case. Most think logically - weighing out the pros and cons. Bloodlines have longed played an important role in narrowing down the option. Mapping a horse's bloodline is one of the simplest methods used to predict a yearlings potential.
HEREDITY - transmission through reproduction process, of factors in horses which cause off spring to resemble parents. Characters are inherited from generation to generation. The better adapted horses that manage to do well transmit the traits contributed to their survival to their offspring.
The breeding of horses is to improve the breed, variety, or strain. Selective breeding propagation of a horse with desirable qualities.
This can be a big deal. The facts can give a buyer clarity of the best traits of a race horse.
Misty De Vie is the daughter of Smoldering Heart. Her Father is the Sire Dragon Again who is ranked among harness racing's leading pacing sires in both speed and earnings. Dragon Again is the Sire of the riches pacer ever Foiled Again and has been timed at 1:50.4. As of January 17, 2015 this pacer has won 24 races and nearly $340,000 during his career. Misty's full sister has earned $483,000.
There is bonding thru heredity. Their bloodline intertwine their destinies.
Misty De Vie is on her destiny to becoming a great pacer. Her roots plus her trainer who has guided her through the process - jogging, training, plus a couple of schooler races and qualifiers she has become in every way a better race horse. With confidence, courage, daring and speed of her bloodline she knows what to do and continues to know what she needs to do.
She had everything required of her to do well, as Randy Waples took the reins, and entered the race track. It was time to see what Misty was made of. She has the best intentions in her heart to do well. I've witnessed her race from the back of a field of horses, and from the front.
Misty didn't act hastily. She followed the commands from her reins-man's guiding hands. The truth came to light. Misty De Vie is a product of her great parents. Her come on in the deep stretch of her race proved she is naturally a pacing machine.
After the race the reins-man expressed not to underestimate her, he felt she had potential. I thought she would slowly relax, but no, she continued looking around, taking it all in while reacting to every noise she heard.
Thanks to the race announcers I definitely had a great night at that races. Even though it is hard for me to get any work done, I enjoyed the shots & I did have a few giggles. :) Love & Laughter