Dutrow’s Silence is Golden

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 17, 2008 in News | No Comments >>

Are your ears still ringing from Richard Dutrow before the Belmont?? Mine are, and I don’t think I am alone.

Here is a great New York trainer with a great family name in racing who overcame many obstacles to reach his fifteen minutes of fame. Then, a media monster erupted predicting everything from the price of oil, and how Joe Namath would take the Jets to the Super Bowl victoriously.

Time heals all wounds. They have blamed everyone, and anyone. But that time has passed. Dutrow is quietly making his statements. Big Brown is scheduled to run in the Haskell on August 3, and the plans are now being made for the future. Dutrow claims he will be in Iavarone’s grill to race Big Brown 20 days later in the Travers. Iavarone won’t talk about this, and Dutrow is making his best move as of late. He is letting his horse do his talking on the track, and not him into a microphone. Good move, Richard. Dad would be proud of that move.

According to Dutrow, you can ask him after the Haskell what the plans will be. Only 20 days rest is a tall order, but lets not forget this guy can train lights out. Keep the media away, and keep him in the barn, and this will be what the doctor ordered. If he can pull off a victory over a kinder Monmouth surface where there should be plenty of water on the surface, he may just come back nicely. Nobody that goes to the windows can squabble with his training. The hype, the ride, the blame is over. It is time to focus, and drop the hammer. Big Brown is in the right hands. The wagering gods just didn’t smile on Belmont Day.

Fifteen minutes are up, and Dutrow is back where he does his best talking. And, if the gods are smiling it will be from the winners circle.