Philly cop balances badge and backstrech
January 25, 2012
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Philaldelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. will bid for the biggest win of his budding training career in Thursday night’s $58,500 Super Bowl final with Dontevenknowmymame.
Dontevenknowmymame is rated as the 3-1 favorite from post two in the sixth race feature for 4-year-old trotters. Eric Abbatiello will drive the star of Eiler’s five-horse stable. Eiler purchased Dontevenknowmymame last October and she has since earned $34,355. The mare has gotten better with each start since arriving at the Meadowlands on January 6. She earned the role of Super Bowl favorite with a four-length romp in the second round of the series on January 19.
“It’s very time consuming and you need good help,” Eiler said of balancing his policeman’s badge with barn duty. “A full-time job in the city of Philadelphia and training horses is very time consuming.”
Though a longtime horse owner, Eiler only obtained his trainer’s license a little over a year ago. He finished the 2011 season with 14 wins and $173,507 from 126 starters. Eiler, 49, was introduced to harness racing by his father, who took him to the now-shuttered Liberty Bell racetrack in Philadelphia. He bought his first horse in 1985.
“My kids talked me into [training],” he said. “I said we would get two or three head and we’ll give it a shot from there. I was a weekend trainer. Over 25 years as an owner, and you sit behind a few [horses]. I’m still learning. It’s an on-going process. There are a ton of things you need to know.” (Meadowlands)