Feb. 13 brings trainer, horse together
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The prognosis for a full recovery is encouraging.
"It was a bit of coincidence as to why we bought him," he said. "I did like him at the sale, but he was hip number 213 and my birthday is February 13. I like to think it was meant to happen."
Now, seven years later, the son of Island Fantasy-Whippet has been what every trainer hopes for - a regular Saturday evening competitor on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. The iron-tough gelding has marched to the winner’s circle 42 times from 231 efforts.
"I always knew what I was doing on Saturday nights," De Chellis said.
"It was either racing him (Whippet Good) at Mohawk or Woodbine. I never complained about it, that’s for sure."
With a lifetime best of 1:50.1, De Chellis knows a horse like Whippet Good doesn’t come along every day.
"There are a lot of horses that are better than him, but then again, he’s better than a lot of them, too. He’s such a tough horse. He took his lifetime best as a five-year-old and now at nine he’s still pacing in (1):51 and (1):52. Not many horses can do that."
The goal of De Chellis is simple: to see Whippet Good surpass $1 million in earnings.
"I know he’s nine-years-old, but he’s a sound horse and I can see him racing until he’s at least 11 or 12. He has showed no signs of slowing down and I think he could come close to reaching a million. What a milestone that would be."
It would be a well-deserving and well-earned milestone, one that proves you can’t keep a good horse down. (WEG)