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Backstretch with Gordon

October 06, 2005

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All is right in the world as hockey is back, the Red Wings won, and it's another picture-perfect day in Lexington for the races. First stop for me this morning was in the judges' room, and I found Kevin, Nick and Mark sitting there with nothing to do except take a few driver changes for Saturday. Mark complained to me that I didn't give him any web time although I saw him nearly every morning, so for the presiding judge, here's your time.

Actually, what those three were doing isn't much different from what was going on in the barn area. Some of the stables have already shipped out and with horses in the detention barn for today's races, it was pretty quiet. I did a walk through and said hello to a few people, and also good-bye to Jim Meittinis, who is headed back East immediately after today's card. Jim's been here a while, although he missed the first two weeks because of a wedding in the family. Although Jimmy told me he really likes coming here, he is hoping he will be able to remain East with the incoming slots at Yonkers Raceway.

I then ran into Doug Ackerman, whose 2-year-old colt trotter Chocolatier is in this afternoon. Although I try to remain impartial as much as I can while covering races, I'm going to say it up front that I'm really pulling for this horse to bring Doug and his family their Hambletonian trophy. After all, they did name a horse (G. Waterstone) after me several years ago, although the closest that gelding got to the Hambo was a conditioned race at Hazel Park.

I couldn't resist when I saw Doug and told him he had to go a :54 half with me.

Q: If you could train any other horse in history besides yours, who would it be?

A: There's a lot of them I'd like to train. I'd like to have a whole stable of them. But if I had to pick one, it'd be Mack Lobell. He could trot faster than all the other horses. He was just better than anybody else's horse.

Q: Where in the world would you like to go that you haven't gone?

A: I wouldn't mind going to the Prix d'Amerique in Paris.

Q: If you could have dinner with any two people in history, who would you invite?

A: My wife would be one of them (editor's comment: GREAT ANSWER DOUG!!!!). And probably Ray Remmen. Just because I like him.

Q: Last movie you saw?

A: Seabiscuit

Q: Favorite movie?

A: The Sting

Q: Pepsi or Coke?

A: Neither one.

Q: Yankees or Red Sox?

A: Yankees.

Thanks Doug, you're off the 54-second hot seat.
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