Friday, December 25, 2009
It is Christmas Day 2009. I am currently doing some blogging. I have found a rare picture that should be added to this blog. I not sure of the date this picture was taken. My guess it was approximately 1991.
The picture was taken during a typical work day at The Sheldon Wolfe Wolfe Racing Stable. Here is who is in this photograph, looking from left to right; Natalie, Gary B., Ronald, My Mom, and me (Donny W.). I am wearing a dust mask, as I was bothered by frequent attacks of sinusitis, during the later part of racetrack days. But we had lots of enjoyable days working at the track. Trying hard to avoid living in the real world!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
No One Bushing, pronounced "Number One Bushing" was one of the best racehorses that was part of The Sheldon Wolfe Racing Stable. She was owned by prominent racehorse owner, Saul Wagman and his partner Chester Waxman.
When No One Bushing was a two year old. She was a very impressive racehorse on the Woodbine circuit. When she entered the Wolfe stable as a 4 year old, she was all burned out. It was now up to the Wolfe Stable to try and give No One Bushing a new lease on life. That we did and she also put a new lease into all of our lives.
I never looked after her as her groom. But this very attractive and kind female racehorse was a barn favorite with everyone. If she would of been a human being. No One Bushing would of looked like; Marilu Henner or Ann Margret. Also she had the beauty of her personality going for her. That of a perfect lady.
This perfect lady was also a very talented athlete. As we use to say at the track. She had speed to burn!!! For No One Bushing had a graceful quick stride and lots of will to win! With any talented athlete. Winning is everything and losing. Is the end, to end all.
Now I will describe to anyone that reads this blog. What it was like to watch "No One Bushing" race, and win! As far back as I can remember. No One Bushing was never beaten racing at Greenwood Raceway, at the 4 and 1/2 furlong distance. Sadly this fan favorite track doesn't exist anymore. Where Greenwood once proudly stood. Near the intersection of Coxwell and Queen Street by the shores of Lake Ontario. It has now been converted to another tacky Toronto neighborhood. Full of overpriced real estate.
O.K. Daryl Wells lets bring back the fun of seeing and enjoying a No One Bushing winning race. The date is March 24, 1984. The track conditions are a little muddy and Robbie King Jr. is piloting No One Bushing for the first time. Daryl "There at the post! There off! That No One Bushing reaching for the lead. No One Bushing has has a two length lead in the run down the back strength. Turning for home that is No One Bushing in front by a good margin. The winning margin would be 2 and 1/2 lengths on this day.
This talented a quick Miss, always made winning a race look so easy. No One Bushing would leave the starting gate like she was a quarter horse and not a Thoroughbred. For "No One Bushing" knew how important a flawless start of a race was.In a winning a sprint race. There would be no room for error. No One Bushing would control the run down the back strength. Then would open her lead up rounding the far turn and coast home to victory with some speed left to spare.
Classy and professional No One Bushing will always be fondly remembered as as one of the Wolfe's stable most prolific and swiftest ladies!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The story of the Sheldon Wolfe Racing stable. Could not be complete without featuring a most important and valuable member of the Wolfe Team. Our barn cat "Marvin". In the mid 1980's back in the good old days. We use to winter horses at Woodbine Racetrack. They don't allow that practice anymore.
It was back in the year 1983. That trainer Tommy Danks had horses stabled in the same barn as us for the winter, barn 9A. Mary Karry was working for Tommy Danks at that time. Mary owned a very nice cat she had named Marvin. We did ask Mary. Why did she name her white and tabby colored cat Marvin? Mary answer was, "because he always Starvin"! "That's Why"!
During the course of that winter. We all got to know Marvin very well. He was very friendly and intelligent. Marvin use to be a regular in our stable office. Also Marvin had started to bond with my mother. As she was getting to enjoy his regular visits.
Then the Spring came and it was time for the Tommy Danks horses to move back to there regular barn located on the east side of Woodbine. They moved, and we were sad to see Marvin go. As we all had become very fond of him. However when we arrived at the barn the following morning. To our surprise a beautiful white and tabby colored cat was sitting at our office waiting for us to arrive. It was Marvin! The cat had come back! Yes Marvin was no ordinary ally cat. Mary did come to take him back to her barn. But the next morning. Marvin was back in the Wolfe Barn yet again. Mary came back once more. But she said this would be her last trip. If Marvin came back again, he would be our cat. Well Marvin had made his choice. The next morning Marvin was officially the Wolfe Stable mascot. He would remain a loyal and fantastic member of the Wolfe family to his death in 2005.
Yes Marvin was a very special cat. He was more like a human, then most humans are. He was very proud, confident and was a gentleman. Marvin was also very strong, resilient and brave. He was the toughest cat at Woodbine. He never lost any cat fight he was ever in. There was never a person that met Marvin that didn't like him. Even people that didn't like cats. Marvin would quickly win them over. With his magnificent green eyes, and his charismatic personality.
I always said; "yes you could beat the Wolfe stable horses. But Marvin could never be beat"!