Freehold, NJ —had a flattering good day on a golf march one new tumble afternoon and it had zero to do with a approach he played. Blackler, a strap racing tutor formed in Middletown, N.Y., went out to fire a spin with a crony and finished adult with a horse. That equine — a now 4-year-old pacer Unix Hanover — has won 5 of 8 races given fasten Blackler’s fast and is being forked toward March’s Series during Yonkers Raceway.
It all started with a phone call from Blackler’s crony Marc Reynolds, a equine representative from Maine, as Blackler was removing prepared to tee off. Reynolds told Blackler, a Maine native, that a equine in Ontario named Unix Hanover was available, though Reynolds indispensable to know either Blackler wanted a equine within an hour.
Blackler fast contacted owners Bill Ethier and told him about a opportunity. Ethier watched a replay of one of a horse’s races and favourite a tact and gave a go forward for a purchase.
“I’ve always favourite horses that can work their approach adult a (conditions) ladder during Yonkers,” Blackler said, referring to Unix Hanover carrying usually dual wins and $10,572 on his label during a time of a Oct. 9 sale. “It’s tough to find those horses. we trust (Reynolds) utterly a bit. He told me he was a clean-legged horse; there was zero wrong with him. Murray Brethour had a equine in Canada and he likes to spin over anything branch (age) 4. It worked out for us.”
Unix Hanover is a son of stallionout of a Western Hanover mare Up Front Rose. Unix Hanover sole for $40,000 as a deer and is a half-brother to Union Man Hanover, who won a 2011 New York Sire Stakes Fall Harvest championship during Yonkers.
“(Ethier) always wanted a Yankee Cruiser (offspring) and he loves Western Hanover,” Blackler said. “He motionless to burst right in on it.
“The initial time we jogged a equine we couldn’t trust it. He’s a attractive equine and he’s a pleasure on a track. He always feels good, in fact he acts like a colt still. He’s not that formidable to take caring of, really. He jogs, he trains, and we go to a races.”
Unix Hanover has done all 8 of his starts for his new connectors during’ half-mile oval. He finished seventh from post 8 in his entrance for his new barn, though has finished worse than second usually once given then.
“We didn’t unequivocally change most on him,” Blackler said. “He’s drawn good and all has usually worked out. He gets around a half so well, that is because we haven’t taken him to a Meadowlands. We have him lined adult for a Sagamore. We’ll see what happens.”
Blackler, who has 12 horses during Mark Ford’s training core in upstate New York, hopes to also send Secret Delight and another new acquisition, Santanna Star, to a Sagamore Hill Series. Of that group, Unix Hanover is a usually one to have raced so distant this deteriorate — winning in 1:57 on Jan. 12.
“He’s talented,” Blackler said. “Wherever it takes him, it takes him. we don’t know what he could be. Could he be a 4-year-old open horse, could he be a Sagamore champion, we don’t know. But he’s tough when he gets to a front. He doesn’t let horses go by him when he gets to a front.”
The 77-year-old Ethier, who lives in Delaware and owns Unix Hanover with his mother Barbara, has incited down several offers for a pacer.
“He says he’s never had a equine like him, so he’s not for sale,” Blackler said. “They suffer it. They transport to a races. They gathering 5 hours to Yonkers to watch him race. They adore to watch their horses.”
And so distant Unix Hanover has done those trips — not to discuss holding phone calls on a golf march — some-more than worthwhile.
by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications