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Romeo to the Captain


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posted on 9/12/2012 12:36 pm

As a young man in the early 1960’s living in Queens, New York sports of all kinds played a big role in my daily life.  Building a business during the day gave me an opportunity to pursue other interests at night.  One of those pursuits was attending nightly harness racing at nearby Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceway.

 

One summer night in 1965 at Yonkers Raceway, I saw a 2 year old pacing colt that impressed me for his shear speed by getting around the half mile track.  Romeo Hanover’s 2:01H effort established a new stakes record for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.  What intrigued me the most about Romeo Hanover besides his blazing speed was his great pedigree. 

 

When I looked back the dam of Romeo Hanover, Romola Hanover, went on to produce countless colts such as Romulus Hanover, Nevele Romeo, Romano Hanover, Dexter Hanover, Irish Jimmy and the great filly Romalie Hanover.

 

Romola Hanover had another filly a foal of 1972, Romona Hanover.  She would only win 4 races but as a broodmare Romona Hanover would be responsible for the Big Towner filly named Rodine Hanover a foal of 1982.

 

Rodine Hanover was purchased by trainer Jerry Silverman as a yearling.  She went on to take a record of 1:54 and earned $231,630.  She was purchased by Almahurst Farms as a broodmare and was bred to the great racehorse Nihilator.  Two of her resulting foals would be the fillies Perfect Profile and World Order.  

 

Perfect Profile would become the dam of Perfect Art ($629,122) and the great Art Major ($2,727,224).  Both colts were bred by Brittany Farms after the purchase of Perfect Profile as a weanling at the Almahurst Farms pacing dispersal.

 

World Order ($267,205) was purchased as a broodmare by the late Joseph Parisi for his White Birch Farm in 1997.  She plays a major role in modern pacing bloodlines.  World Order was bred to the super sire Artsplace.  Her 1999 foal would be named Worldly Beauty.  She would go on to win 21 races and earn over $1,900,000.

 

Her 2005 foal by Artsplace, Worldly Treasure, would become the dam of the potential superstar Captaintreacherous.   He has already won the Woodrow Wilson, Nassagaweya and the Metro Pace in his freshman year.  He has taken three sub 1:50 records with his best time right now at 1:49.2.

 

When I visited White Birch Farm last August along with trainer Tony Alagna we were looking to purchase the best son of Somebeachsomewhere and we thought we found him in Captaintreacherous.

 

Forty- seven years after Romeo Hanover comes the “Captain”.

 

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