Danzig ready for career finale--again
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Harry Nieberg, who has owned the $405,000 career winner nearly all of his racing career, wanted--and still does--to retire the 10-year-old Danzig so as not to cheapen the gelding and in the process make sure he doesn’t knock around in claiming races for the rest of his racing career.
“Last week I was traveling to Monticello from my home in Brooklyn to see his (Danzig’s) final start only to find out they had a big snowstorm there and had to cancel the races,\" Nieberg said. \"But I am definitely coming up on Friday to be with
This season the 10-year-old trotter has had one victory and a bankroll in excess of $14,000--and still capable of earning more--but Nieberg doesn’t want to race him in claimers and would rather end the trotter\'s career.
“Before I bought him in 2000 my trainer, J.C. Jobidon, went a trip with him and called me to say \'he wants to be a horse,\'\" Nieberg recalled. “Jobidon was so right.
Though Danzig’s race was cancelled last week the news that Nieberg was looking good home for the horse paid dividends because Nieberg got a call from David Phoenix, an owner in the Keith Kash Jr. Stable in Ohio, saying he was looking for a companion for one of his retired horses. Phoenix told Nieberg that he will give Danzig a good home and care for him the rest of his life. (Monticello)